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How To Organize Computer and Phone Cables

There's really no excuse for cable clutter, but we all have them. Whether it's your power cords, LAN cord, assortment of USB devices or charger cords, the best thing you can do is designate a special organizational time and sort the mess out.

Sometimes, the solution is as simple as getting a selection of wire ties, laying the cords straight and securing them into a tube-like shape with ties. If it's a cell phone, iPod and portable device chargers that you battle, consider fitting your cords into a PowerStation organizer or Pottery Barn's new Smart Tech Recharge Station.

If you want to get really organized it doesn't hurt to color code your cables according to device, or pick up retractable cord organizers that will allow you to connect to the internet or power source anywhere in the house without a stringy mess following you everywhere. Scroll through the widget below to check out my ideas for organizing your cables.

c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
oh man. behind myy desk is a mess that looks like that photo :jawdrop:
ResQTek ResQTek 10 years
This is what I would use. In fact, I'm going to get some right now. Shop around, too. This isn't the only place to get it. Sorry for the late post! ;-P
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i like having my cords wrapped and tucked away but my roommate always unravels them. :P i hate cords all over the place...so ugly plus a safety hazard!
macgirl macgirl 10 years
I am the biggest offender of techno speghetti ;-)
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Boy do we need some of these at my house!
shafiii shafiii 10 years
i need to buy some of this stuff. i have way too many wires all tangled up.
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 10 years
My problem is that I am constantly moving around the wires... so I am just ignoring them until I move in a year.
EatYourVeggies EatYourVeggies 10 years
Oops. *buy* not "by"
EatYourVeggies EatYourVeggies 10 years
Good ideas. Usually when I first by the appliance I keep the wire ties the cables are secured with, and only unravel the length which is necessary. The rest is secured, so instead of a mess of wires there are only organized lengths of wounded wires.
Tech Tech 10 years
Oh buzzybee, I love that. Thanks for the tip!
bizzybee bizzybee 10 years
A friend recently suggested using a cable reel to collect and streamline my cords and wires. Basically the reel acts as a casing so it's all that you see, everything else is inside. Ikea carries cable reels in grey: http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/20097954
millarci millarci 10 years
This is extremely frustrating! I hate chaos of cables. I will have to check these out and purchase one soon.
vienvien vienvien 10 years
These wires around are really frustrating. I will really check these out and purchase the one that suits our needs
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 10 years
The story of my life! my problem isn't so much with the chargers, but more with the more permanent wires (monitor, speakers, printer, scanner, etc). I use cable ties, but always have a thing for moving furniture around and stuff. arg. I put all my chargers in a drawer and use them as I need them. I put each one in its own zip lock labeled.
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