The $11 Office Product That Will Solve All Your Annoying Cord Problems

updated Jul 20, 2021
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They say a cluttered environment can overwhelm the senses. It’s a sensation I experience nearly every time I step foot in my kitchen. As much as I try to keep small appliances off the counter, my family’s habits don’t exactly jive with my personal preferences. My kids eat toast pretty much every morning, and my husband and I make coffee that often or more. 

At the end of the day, dealing with the kitchen counter clutter is a whole lot easier than taking the toaster oven and espresso machine out of a cabinet every day. So I’ve come to terms with allowing our oft-used gear to remain on the counter—as long as the cords are corralled.

There’s nothing quite like visible, long cords to make a space appear more cluttered than it actually is. I notice it most on my kitchen counters, but it also happens with our TV (the cord snakes down the wall, behind our credenza) and the lamps on our end tables.

In the past, I’ve tried to keep cords out of sight by pushing the appliance closer to the outlet, but that’s not always practical. I’ve also tried cable ties and rubber bands, but both are fussier than I’d like. So I’m going to try a new, surprisingly cost-effective solution for minimizing the impact of unsightly cords in my home.

The Command Cable Bundler is the ideal solution—it’s a near-instantaneous and super-convenient way to declutter by banishing cords from sight. Happy Amazon reviewers love the bundlers for the same reason I do: You can easily bunch your cord (even heavy-duty ones) and hide them behind the appliance simply by adhering the bundler to the wall. Lots of customers say they use them on their counters for their KitchenAid mixers, but I’m using two to minimize my resentment toward our toaster oven and espresso machine.

As with most Command products, there are plenty of ways to use the remaining four that come in the package. You can also use the bundler to conveniently store cords and cables you’re not using—like charger and hairdryer cords. In fact, my next idea is to hang a few cable bundlers on a wall or inside a cabinet door in our home office and kitchen, so the cords on our smaller gadgets are both neat and easy to grab.