No matter how clean your space actually is, a tangled bundle of wires can instantly make the room appear messy and unorganized. Make your space clutter free and ready for its close-up with one of these helpful hints.
Before you start: Turn off and unplug all your appliances and do a quick sweep to remove any dust bunnies that may have taken up residence in your wire pile.
Mark it: The biggest hurdle in hiding all those wires is to first get them untangled. Unplug the end of one cord and follow it to the source. Mark the name of the device on a bread clip, or simply write the name of the device on a piece of tape and wrap it around the cord near the plug. This step might not seem like a big deal, but doing it now will save you lots of hassle in the long run should you need to disconnect that particular cord.
Clip it: Half the battle in keeping your cords hidden is keeping them tidy and neatly organized. Gather in bundles and clip with with binder clips or zip ties to help control the chaos.
Wrap it: If it's impossible to hide part of the cord, pick up a spiral wrap in the same color of your trim so it will easily blend in with the paint.
Get on up: Try not to let your cords or power strips lay on the floor. Cord nests are a breeding ground for dust bunnies, not to mention an eyesore. If at all possible, get everything off the ground and tuck it away! Phillips makes a surge protector that plugs directly into your outlet, and also offers the added benefit of hiding excess cords. While it doesn't make your cords invisible, it's a good start in the way of cleaning up!
Before: basic power strip.
After: surge protector with cord storage.
Tape it: Clear packing tape will hold almost anything in place and is a useful tool when you want to disguise a cord by running it behind a table leg or something similar. Try to move the cord to the very back of the table, or an area that is more out of sight than not, and run the cord along the length of the leg towards the outlet.
Hang it: Gather the cords by the wrapped bundles and hang them off the backside of your furniture using an adhesive hook.
What are your tricks for hiding wires?
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