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Put your labelmaker to good use, along with these other ideas, to optimize your power strip. Some gadgets can be unplugged, and some need to stay plugged in. Some plugs need to stay handy, such as the power for your laptop, and others, like your shredder, can be stashed away.

Lifehacker blogger Gina Trapani shows how she organized her power strip to fit all of the requirements we just mentioned, including using a label maker to note which plug goes with which gadget, leading to easier power strip maintence.