4 Ways to Organize Cords and Cables

A tangled mess of electrical cords.

With so many forms of technology available at the drop of a hat, our homes can quickly become filled with the cords to power them all. A cell phone, tablet, and computer all have power cords that need to be managed, not to mention the cords that seem to overtake our outlets and floors for the television, lights, and appliances. Use one of our four ways to corral the mess and get more organized.

Utilize Baskets as an Attractive Hiding Place

Most of the gadgets we use nowadays come with multiple cords, such as headphones, a power cord, and a USB cord. With so many cords for each piece of technology, one of the easiest ways to organize them is by putting them in a basket to keep them out of sight. Typically inexpensive, baskets can be found at the dollar store, local thrift store, or at any home décor store. Wrap each cord independently, fastening it with a rubber band or a few inches of tape to keep it in place until you need it. Baskets can be placed under desks, tables, entertainment centers, or in any corner. Placing the basket on the shelf or higher up will make sure you can't visibly see the cords sitting in there.

Hide Them in a Charging Box

An attractive way to hide all of your charging cords is to make a charging box or purchase one online. These are decorative boxes that are not only used to store your cords, but also keep them highly accessible for everyday use while providing a safe place to charge them. Charging boxes have multiple small holes on the front or top of the box, one for each power cord, with space for the items to be plugged in next to each other. Most charging boxes contain about 5 holes, depending on the size of the box. On the back side of the container is a larger hole, which is where all of the cords are bundled together so that they can be plugged into a power strip. The most effective charging boxes, however, are large enough for the power strip to be stored inside, so that the only cord coming out of the back is the power strip cord.

Label for Easy Identification

With so many cords and cables running through the house, it can be difficult to decipher which plug is for which item. Make this job easier by labeling the plug of each cord using a blank, white sticker or some masking tape. Abbreviate words on the label or use pictures so that the labels are easy to understand. For example, draw a TV on the television power cord, draw an apple on the iPad cord, and a clock on the alarm clock cord. Use short words such as “fan, lamp, or DVD.” This will make things much easier if you need to unplug or move an electronic or appliance.

Camouflage Cables in Use

Cables and cords already in use can be an eye sore, especially in a well-kept room. Make these cords less noticeable by running them along the floor and behind furniture. These cords can then be covered with cord covers from your local hardware store or with masking tape. Mount these cords to the wall in a straight line with cord mounting hardware or small pieces of tape. Hide your cords by taping them to the wall behind furniture such as entertainment centers, small tables, and couches. If you have cords or cables that must run across the floor in a small area, try covering them with a rug for both safety and disguise.