In trying to configure her home office, Kelly from View Along the Way ran into what she describes as a very "hush-hush" problem for designers: the lamp cord. Rather than working around unsightly or trip-causing cords, Kelly and her husband figured out a clever, inexpensive way to get rid of the problem altogether.
"Out of sight, out of mind", as they always say. If the loose cords on your desk — like the business end of your phone or tablet sync cable — are keeping you from a clean and orderly desk top, try a library-style paper pocket to keep everything in order.
On a scale of 1-10, organizing cables and cords behind an entertainment center ranks about a .001 on my scale. But when it's all done and finished, the results are often night and day, not only just improving the aesthetics in and around the home entertainment center, but also possibly making your home a little bit safer thanks to better organized power and wiring. Here's a glowing example of such a project, from Kim and Scott of Yellow Brick Home, 2012 Small Cool entrants...
Apple fanatics know all about the White Cord Blame Game. When your boyfriend and roommate and nephew and cousin and plumber all have the exact same white iPhone power cord, it's easy to get them confused. And you can bet your iPad that if one ever goes missing, it's always the other person's charger, right?
Look at the beautiful flat panel setup up above. It's impressive not only for what the setup includes (a genuine Norwegian 50's credenza and HDTV flat panel), but also because of what's not visible: cords, cables and other home entertainment components! Wife and husband blogging duo Moriya and Steve of The Harpster Home enjoy a home entertainment setup most of us dream of...one without the eyesore of dangling cables. Here's how they did it...
Who says your cables and cords need to be a boring choice between black, white or gray? Eastern Collective's Collective Cables forgo the typical one-color rubber wrapped material for colorful woven textile designs, possibly inspired by fashionable braided wrist bands styles...
Printers, external hard-drives, smartphones, and tablets, each with their own USB connection cables, a messy tangle of wires is inevitable. Additionally inevitable is finding yourself without the specific USB cable when you most need it. Reduce your clutter and put together a multi-device USB cable survival kit with for at home or on the go, and never be caught without that cable you need.
It was a tip born out of necessity. While I traipsed around warm and sunny Chicago wearing my sunglasses this weekend, I noticed my iPhone cord—carelessly dropped into the bottom of my over-stuffed bag—kept getting tangled. What's a girl to do?
We post lots of tips for keeping your cables organized, but like most cleaning tasks, this one is best dealt with using multiple solutions. Combine our favorite DIY cable management techniques below and keep your cables organized and untangled for good, without spending a dime.
Certain things in life are inevitable; paying taxes, catching colds and finding your earbuds split open with wires showing. We're not sure how to help with the first two (Vitamin C, maybe?), but you can be ready for cord repairs by keeping heat shrink in your toolkit.