How To: Tame the cord snakepit

How To: Tame the cord snakepit

Lisa
Apr 1, 2006

Dust-bunny shangri-la.

Also:
Inconvenient.
Unworkable.
Hazardous.
Ugly.

Most of us can 'fess up to harboring a rat's nest of proliferating power strips, cables, connectors and extension cords behind our home offices and media centers. And eLink, Earthlink's newsletter, has something to say about it. They recommend four fix-its:

(pic via Joseph Hall)

1. Switch to a wireless keyboard and mouse.
2. Create a home wireless network.
3. Lift your main power strip up off the ground and
velcro it to the back of your desk, the better to ventilate and access your cables.
4. Manage the snake pit with various doo-dads designed for this function.

All good ideas, but let's just skip numbers 1 and 2, since #1 requires some real bucks and #2 might require kidnapping your company's IT person.

We like #3. Raising the power strip seems easy enough, and solves the dust bunny problem to boot. And #4 seems like it could even be fun. Here are some decent-looking products to help with it:

•If you've got just a few wily snakes running amok, try Cable Organizer's turtles or fish.

•If you're a weekend enthusast, try Cable Organizer's wire looms or their cable wraps.

•If you're hardcore, try Cable Safe's Cable Organizer Kit

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