Weekend Projects

You Have a Cord Problem (Who Doesn’t!)—Here’s How to Fix It in 5 Steps

updated Jul 8, 2019
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The rarely discussed side of our increasingly connected lives is that each connection comes with actual physical cords. By myself, I have six personal devices that I need to keep charged every day. And this doesn’t count the retired phones, tablets, and laptops that we’ve kept around for our kids to use (mostly) for school projects and road trips.

Our lives are harnessed by cords that are wrapped around each other, hanging from outlets all over the house, and that somehow seem to disappear right when we need them. Let’s use this weekend to get a handle (and a label) on it.

This Weekend: Sort and organize your tangle of cords.

It sounds daunting, but organizing your cord clutter shouldn’t take more than a half hour or so. To get your wired life in order once and for all, follow these five steps:

1. Gather all your cords

Unplug all the cords you use for everyday items, including those for charging your phone, fitness tracker, smart watch, headphones or AirPods, Kindle, tablet, and laptop. Also, grab the cords that aren’t currently in use, tucked away in drawers and baskets. Put them all in one central spot, like on your kitchen table.

2. Sort your cords

Categorize the cords that are on the table. Sort them based on what they’re used for (all phone cords together or all Apple cords together), how often they’re used (daily or rarely), or whom they belong to.

3. Label your cords

There are several ways to label your cords, and you’ll be so happy you did. Looking at labeled and/or color-coded tags rather than sifting through cords when you need to charge something will be a welcome change. This set includes plastic tags in a few colors so you can identify and hold wrapped cords together.

4. Get rid of obsolete cords

After sorting and labeling your cords, you’ll most likely find some that you no longer need or use. Put them in a bag and leave them in your everyday bag (or take them to the car) so you can dispose of them safely.

5. Store your cords

Keep cords that don’t need to be accessible every day in one spot so you’ll always know where to find them. A bin or box just large enough to accommodate your collection works well. Make sure to wrap cords properly and fasten them for neatness and identification.

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Remember: This is about improvement, not perfection. Each week you can either choose to work on the assignment we’ve sent you, or tackle another project you’ve been meaning to get to. It’s also completely okay to skip a weekend if you’re busy or not feeling the assignment.