If you’re like most people, then you have several electronic cords and power cables around the house. It seems that no matter what you do, the cords end up on the floor, on a kitchen table or on other pieces of furniture, sometimes getting lost for days or weeks at a time. There are a few ways that you can creatively store your cords to prevent them from getting misplaced. Keeping your power cable cords organized ensures that they don’t get tangled, which can prevent damage to the cord.
1- Paper Tubes
An easy way to organize your power cords is to put them inside of either toilet paper or paper towel tubes. This idea is fun because you get to customize the tube with paint, colorful tape or other details. Customizing the tubes makes it easier to look find each cord when it’s needed, adding a label to the outside that states the name of what the cord belongs to, such as a phone or a tablet. Place the tubes in a plastic container on a shelf or counter for easy access.
Instead of unplugging a cord and shutting off something that you’re watching, label the end of each cord that is plugged into the receptacle. This works well with electronics that are plugged into a power strip as there are usually more than two items at a time. Use labels in brighter colors with markers that are dark to make it easier to see the name of the electronic. Bread ties are also an idea with a small label attached that bears the name of each electronic.
3- Shoe Rack Compartments
The plastic shoe racks that go over the closet door are ideal for storing cables and cords. Use a permanent marker or tape to label each compartment so that you know what each cord is for instead of searching for a cord with the right end. A benefit of this idea is that you can keep the rack on the other side of the door to prevent it from being seen by other people.
If you don’t hang up your clothes that often and have clothespins just laying around the house, then use them to keep cords together. Wind the cords so that they are in a loop. Place a pin on each loop to keep it in place. A label can also be added to the clothespin for identification. Another option is to paint each clothespin a different color or write the name of the electronic on the pin itself. Binder clips are an idea as well.
Tie a ribbon of a different color around each cord after it’s in a loop. The ribbon could match the color of the device, such as the cover of a phone. Each color could also represent the first letter that matches the electronic. This is a simple idea if you don’t have a lot of tools to work with and you don’t want to spend a lot of time wrapping and labeling.
6- Plastic Storage Containers
“If the number of cords and cables that you have is large, then you might want to consider separating them into small plastic containers with the same kind of cord being in each one,” said Cables.com. Write the name of the cord on the lid of the container. Place the containers on a shelf in a closet for easy and convenient storage.
7- LEGO Figures
Have a little fun storing smaller cables with LEGO figures. Put two longer blocks together with men attached to them. Each cable can go in a hand of the men to make it look like they are holding the cords.