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Manage Your Messy Cables Now – Here’s How!


There’s nothing worse when cables begin to get out of control.

A rat’s nest of cables spreading like spaghetti can be dangerous and a bit of an eyesore whether in the office or at home. 

Today there seem to be cables everywhere within our environments when you consider:

  • Headphone wires
  • Power plugs
  • Phone cables
  • Data cables
  • Security systems

There’s no need to spend a lot of time and money in making cables inconspicuous. 

Cord Management Tips

OK, it’s time to manage cables more inconspicuously, but how?  Here are a few pointers to start the ball rolling:-

ID Plugs with Labels

Crawling around under a desk rearranging power cables is painful on the knees especially when having to guess which power plug goes where.  It’s so much easier to ID power plugs and cables with a small sticker and photo.

Tie ’em Up

Great value for money multi-cable ties are just the job for tying up cables neatly, tidily and safely. Cheap plastic multi-cable ties are strong enough to fasten down almost any type of cables so there’s no need to worry about tripping over realms of wiring.

Cable-hiding Charging Station

DIY charging station to hide cables

One of the new kids on the block for managing cables inconspicuously is cable-hiding charging stations

They are ideal for any kind of corded gadget cables which will not only be hidden away but charged day or night, what could be better?

Binder Clips

Easy to use binder clips are just what’s needed to keep computer, laptop and cell phone power plugs from falling from the back of a desk or electrical equipment. 

No modification is required, just release the binder, run the cables through it and clamp, how easy is that?

Wire Baskets

Wire basket to store extra cables

Get all of those irritating USB, monitor, FireWire, audio and power cords off the floor by using a simple wire basket

Affordable and very practical to use, wire baskets provide the perfect solution in congregating and keeping cables out of sight.

Foam Pipe Insulation

Another way to hide a mess of tangled cables near a power point or points is to use foam pipe insulation.

Foam pipe insulation can be easily cut to size, sliced down the length to store cables inside and then pulling out the ends through the slits. 

It’s a great solution to managing and de-cluttering cables. 

So there we have it, a few straightforward suggestions on how to manage cables inconspicuously.

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Many Other Helpful Ideas

We all need to manage our cables better to avoid unsightly clutter in your home, identifying what belongs to what, or just finding a way to keep track of their whereabouts.

Fortunately, a little imagination can go a long way to solving your problems and make life just a little easier.

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It may be an investment upfront to take care of the issue when you plan your cable organization project, get supplies and make it happen.

But this is one time where it’s one-and-done, and you will reap the rewards of your efforts for a long time to come.

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Saturday 1st of October 2016

This would have been a great article if pictures had been provided as examples. For instance, the suggestion of wire baskets, where would you put it? On the floor, on a console? Or somehow mount it to the back of a piece of furniture to keep it hidden. Maybe I have not had enough coffee this morning, I am not getting some of these. ?


Wednesday 5th of October 2016

You are right on with that comment Jeanine. More than one of those solutions left me puzzled as to how the author meant for the finished project was to look.

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