An Unusually Old Fashioned Cable & Cord Organizer

An Unusually Old Fashioned Cable & Cord Organizer

Gregory Han
Jul 24, 2013

I've recently been trying something new: working standing for short stints throughout the day on a laptop from a wall mounted shelving unit. But as someone who needs to connect USB peripherals all day, every day, I need to keep my collection of cables for drives, cameras, and other devices at arm's reach. Fortune smiled on me when I discovered a vintage decorative item I already had around fit the need perfectly...

I picked up the three-tier vintage rubber stamp set and carousel years ago in a squirrel's den of a vintage shop in Los Angeles, finding the long gone addresses of local businesses fascinating enough to bring back home. Little did I know the clasp-style carousel would one day find itself a fitting organizational tool for holding tech cables and cords too. Simple, but effective.

Similar stamp holder carousels can be found on eBay and vintage shops for anywhere from $10.00 and up (my favorites are the ones with a beautiful aged patina), depending upon condition, year, and how many tiers. 

Here are a couple additional storage ideas for keeping a collection of cables and cords organized using items you might have already around the house:

Jen of I Heart Organizing lived up to her site's moniker with her colorfully adorned and neatly organized cord storage boxes made from scrap pieces of cardboard, cut and slotted into individual compartments. She took the project to another level by using scrapbook paper to decorate the interior of each section, with Martha Stewart file folder labels clearly marking the purpose of each stored peripheral.

Another simple and space-efficient storage option for a collection of cables and cords: a door hung shoe holder. These organizers are available in variety of fabrics, with clear models also available for easy identification.

And don't forget to hold onto paper towel and toilet paper cardboard rolls. Whether used individually or in groups within a box, these sturdy (and free) disposable items can be used as-is or adorned like above.

Additional cord & cable organization ideas:

(Images: Gregory Han; lucille718; Vladyslav Danilin/Shutterstock; I Heart Organizing)

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