There are a ton of solutions out there that help you manage your cables, but before you turn to a cure-all, some commonly overlooked steps can help simplify your cord headache. If your desk looks anything like the one above, then these tips from Maximum PC will help you revitalize your desk in under an hour.
Unplug & Untangle
It is tempting to try to make some order out of the chaos without bothering to unplug the cords. But unplugging not only allows you to see who the cord belongs too, but also see which ones can be grouped together later. So, don't be tempted to skip this step, it's the simplest way to get things organized quickly and efficiently.
Label the Cords
Take the time to label your cords, with color coordinating labels and a fine-tipped marker. If you have a lot of peripherals, this can quickly turned into a sea of black USB cords.
Hide the Power
The best advice Maximum PC gives is to find a discreet place for your power strip. Instead of adding to the mess by throwing another cord to the floor, look around and find the best place for it. Attached to a leg or underneath your desk, a concealed power strip can help you minimize the impact of all of your cables.
Clamp Your Cables
Here's where you may need some outside help from one of those many products. The easiest solution is to use zip ties to bundle cords together for minimum impact. Now you can get creative and find what works best for you, and see if there's a specialized product that can help your unique setup. The bottom line, the less cables you can see, the better. It's just finding a way to make that happen.
For more tips on how to manage your cables, check out Maximum PC.