Cords and cables, whether it’s for your entertainment system or your computer and home network, can get into so many knots and create a mess very easily. No matter how neatly you tuck them in, they will always find a way to get messed up.

Check out some quick tips below on how to clean up those troublesome cables.

1.    Hide the Cords

Although using foam pipe insulation or a cardboard roll is an easy way to hide the cables, it won’t technically stop them from being tangled. Well, at least you won’t have to look at it.

    • A foam pipe liner can be sliced down its length for easy cable entrance/exit.
    • A PVC pipe with a little DIY work can be a great cable holder that doesn’t stick out too much from room decorations.

2.    Binder Clips are Your Friends

A well-placed binder clip can do wonders for organization purposes. Strategically clip cords to the back of your desk or to a support leg can ensure they don’t go haywire.

3.    Use a Piece of Pegboard

Using zip ties or cable wire, mount your cords and external devices to a peg board. This will ensure a nice clean location for all your cords to meet. There are plenty of examples of this being pulled off expertly.

4.    Label Your Plugs

Simply using a labeling system for your plugs can go a long way. Add a little picture or letter in sharpie to your plug, that way when it is plugged in you know exactly where that cord is ending. This is also a great way to save time and organize your cords.

5.    Create a Charging Station

Color coded cable ties. Simply using a different color for different types of devices when you tie them apart can also come in handy when you eventually need to separate them. Even if you are just throwing all your cords into the same drawer for storage, wrap them and throw a colored or labeled piece of tape around it.

6.    Make that Old Cassette Case Useful

If you grew up during the cassette tape era, then you probably still have those old cassette tape cases hidden behind, under, or in the back of some long forgotten area of your home. Make those old clear plastic cases useful once more because they can make great homes for your smaller cords (earphones and the like) when not in use. Go fish out of the nether and dust them all off. It’s their time to shine again.

7.    Go Wireless When You Can

There are a number of cordless options for a number of devices these days, although it can’t be recommended at all times. But if it’s something that you can go cordless without shelling out a large amount of money or transfer speed, then go ahead and make that change.

This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:24:06 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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