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How to organize your computer wires

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How to organize your computer wires

If you looked under your desk and finally got fed up with the mess of cables underneath, here’s how to organize that mess and get your cables under control.

Most of the time, you probably don’t care how all of your cables look in the first place. After all, they’re hidden under your desk where no one will see them anyway. But the moment you need to unplug something, you finally realize just what kind of chaos lives down there. Thankfully, you can do something about it—all it takes is a little bit of time and attention.

Step One: Unplug Everything

How to organize your computer wires

It’s best to start from scratch, which means unplugging everything from the power strip and separating all the cables.

You can stop right there if you want to, but you can also unplug everything from the other end and completely throw all the cables off to the side for a completely clean slate. This makes things a bit easier, but it’s not absolutely necessary.

Step Two: Mount the Power Strip to the Desk or Wall

How to organize your computer wires

Perhaps the most important step is finding the best place to mount the power strip, because all of your cables will converge to that one point.

Since I have a standing desk that can move up and down, the best place to mount the power strip is on the underside of the desk, that way it’s mostly hidden and it moves with the desk whenever I switch it to standing or sitting mode. This also allows all of the cables to remain static whenever I adjust the desk’s height.

However, my desk surface is only about an inch thick. If yours is the same, you’ll want to make sure to use short screws that won’t pierce through, as well as use a piece of tape on the drill bit so that you don’t drill all the way through the desk surface when drilling the pilot holes.

How to organize your computer wires

However, if you have a regular desk, you could just mount it to the wall. The goal here is to get the power strip off of the floor and into a more ideal location so that all of your cables aren’t dangling all the way down to the floor.

As for actually mounting the power strip, most (if not all) units have holes on the back where you can slide screw heads into them to secure them to a surface.

How to organize your computer wires

To mount it, you would simply measure the distance between the holes, copy that to the desk or wall surface, and drive in screws, leaving them sticking out just a bit so that you can slide the power strip on.

How to organize your computer wires

After that, line up the power strip’s holes with the screws and slide it in place. If it’s still pretty lose, tighten the screws down a bit until you finally get a snug fit from your power strip.

Step Three: Wrap Cables Up and Plug Them In

How to organize your computer wires

Next, you’ll want to shorten all of the cables as much as you can so that they’re not dangling and causing an unsightly mess. There are a couple of ways to do this.

You can either use velcro straps (like the ones pictured above) or zip ties. Zip ties are easier and quicker to work with, but they’re also more permanent. You have to cut them off and use another one if you ever want to change things around in the future.

How to organize your computer wires

To shorten cables, you can be as neat with it as you want, either bunching up the excess and wrapping a tie around it, or carefully looping the cables and then securing them, as shown above.

Either way, the goal here is to consolidate all of the excess cable that’s hanging down and hide it the best you can.

Step Four: Label Each Cable (Optional)

How to organize your computer wires

If you find yourself constantly unplugging and plugging things into your power strip, it might be a good idea to label each cable so that you don’t have to trace them all back every time.

To do this, I like to use masking tape and wrap it around the cable to create a tag of sorts. From there, take your favorite Sharpie and write on the tag what the cable goes to.

Again, this step is optional, but it could save you some headache in the future.

Use a System That Works For You

How to organize your computer wires

In the end, there’s not one single system that works for everyone, mostly because every desk setup is different and each person has their own definition of what’s organized.

For instance, you could just get one of these cable management under-desk trays and throw everything on that to hide your cable mess, and it would ultimately be quicker and easier. However, if you don’t like tangled cords period, then you might want to take some extra time to separate everything and create clear paths for each cable.

Overall, don’t be shy to use this guide as a starting point and modify it to fit your own situation. What worked for me may not work for someone else, and vice versa.

Tools and strategies to get the job done.

How to organize your computer wires

When it comes to cable management, most people focus far too much on the cables inside the PC and not enough about the cables strewn about the outside. While having organized internal cable management can keep a PC looking sharp, nothing makes a PC look quite as sloppy as disorganized external cables.

Monitors, PSUs, keyboards, mice, headphones, speakers, and power strips all compound to create a ton of clutter after building a PC. Once those wires make a nuisance of themselves, it can look fairly intimidating to have to run through and get on top of the issue. Luckily, professional-looking cable management is both easy and cheap to obtain. And, if you do some planning, the process can take as little as 10 to 15 minutes.

The following are several methods to keep your desk and cable management under control. Methods will begin with the simplest and most popular strategies and end with the most tedious and time-consuming options.

One of the simplest hassle-free options available to those who want to organize their computer cables is a cable management sleeve. This particular offer by Hikig comes with four 19.5-inch sleeves that are 4 inches wide.

For most PC users and gamers, two sleeves will be enough to organize their computer cables, so having four is just a sweetened deal on a product that’s already relatively cheap and easy to use. Best application practices are to unplug, untangle, and straighten out the cables you’ll be using before wrapping them in the sleeve. Once that’s done, it’s as easy as plugging the computer cables back in.

The sleeve holds the cables together closely, which creates a unified, clean look with very little effort. Additionally, hiding sleeved cables under a desk or behind an object is far easier than trying to keep loose cables from moving after hours of PC use.

Zip ties

They work for internal cable management, and they work for external cable management. Zip ties are a classic tool for organizing computer wires for the simple reason that they are as quick and easy to use as they are cheap.

Simply take a collection of wires, wrap them in the zip ties at even increments, and your PC is instantly cleaner looking. The advantage the simple zip tie has over a sleeve is that it can help organize cables in much more nimble ways than a sleeve. As long as you have a simple pair of scissors or some other snipping tool, they are just as easy to manage in case you need to reorganize later on.

The disadvantage of zip ties is that organizing a large number of cables with them can be far more inefficient than just wrapping those same wires up in a sleeve or taping them down.

Cable clips

If you’re willing to put in a little more effort, you can clip individual cables onto any flat surface with Cable Clips. Like the cable management sleeve, this product is fairly cheap and doesn’t require too much know-how to use properly.

Just stick the adhesive side of the clips onto whatever surface you want your cables to run across and clip the cables into them. PC users often like to place these clips on the bottom of their desks so that all cables are completely out of sight. Of course, these clips can only hold one cable at a time, so this product is ideal when there are fewer cables that need addressing as opposed to an entire PC’s worth. Cable clips are excellent for tidying up stray wires after most organizing has already been done.

Double-sided tape

Following the same logic as the cable clips, double-sided tape functions similarly to the cable clips for hoisting cables into hidden areas. The benefit of double-sided tape of clips is that you can manage multiple cables simultaneously, thanks to its variable width. You could even tape down cables that are already managed with a sleeve. Another use for this item, if you’re a power strip user, is to secure your power strip to the bottom of your desk so that all chords that use the power strip hide under the desk by default.

The downside of double-sided tape is that reorganizing the cables once you get upgrades or new hardware can be a bit troublesome. Taking down and reapplying tape to your cables can get annoying. Double-sided tape is flexible, but only for the PC user who knows their setup isn’t changing anytime soon.

Hole saw

If you don’t mind getting a little intimate with your desk space and also have access to a drill, a hole saw can be used to create, well, a hole. A small hole in a desk that’s conveniently placed near a monitor can be used to funnel cables straight from underneath the desk right to the monitor itself without anything needing to wrap around the outside of the desk. Additionally, keyboard and mouse cables can be funneled down through a hole to make their effects on desk space minimal.

Sometimes the simplest solutions can provide the biggest effects, and a hole is one such example for cable management. That said, getting ahold of a hole saw and its respective drill can be pricey. Additionally, you have to be willing to get crafty and do some forward planning to make sure you don’t misplace anything, like creating a hole that will be completely covered by your mouse pad, for example.

Cable management is a key part of creating a relaxing PC setup. Whether for work, media browsing, or gaming, having a well-organized space can improve any experience. While the limits for how creative you can get with your cable management are unbound, the most common solutions are cheap, effective, and easy to gain access to.

There’s no doubt about it: Taking the time to tidy up your cables is something every system builder and upgrader should do.

Aside from the small additional effort it takes, there are no downsides whatsoever—but benefits abound. Even if you’re not into the clean aesthetic, a PC with its cables properly routed and secured will run cooler and quieter, accumulate dust more slowly, and be easier to upgrade in the future.

Here’s how to transform that terrifying tangle of cables into a prim, polished PC.

Components matter

There is no secret to proper PC cable management. There are, however, a number of strategies to ensure a good outcome. It starts with wire ties, a keen eye, and a bit of patience, but the right components and component placement also matter greatly.

A little forethought can make a big difference to your case’s cable clutter.

How to organize your computer wires

Many cases, particularly higher-end models designed for enthusiasts, have numerous features designed to make internal cable management easier, including rubberized routing holes in the motherboard tray.

Many of today’s case manufacturers take cable management very seriously and have designed their products to tame tangles. They scatter strategically placed holes about the motherboard tray, leave adequate space behind the motherboard tray to hide and tuck cables away, and litter the case with tie-down spots.

When building a new system, we’d highly recommend buying such a case. It might cost a little more than a generic chassis, but it’s worth the investment and could last though multiple upgrade cycles.

A modular power supply unit (PSU) is also a good idea. It sports detachable cables, so you only have the cables you’re actively using taking up room inside your case.

Modular PSUs have their detractors, because technically speaking every connection or break in a wire increases its resistance. In the many years I’ve been building systems, however, I’ve never had a problem. Being able to use only the cables you need is great and eliminates the need to stash large, unused bundles of cable inside your case. Modular PSUs are not a necessity—in fact, the system featured at the end of this article doesn’t use one—but they will alleviate cable clutter.

How to organize your computer wires Loyd Case

The raw components may look like a mess, but turning them into a neat, clean build doesn’t take much extra time at all.

Component placement within a system is also important. Of course, your motherboard and power supply are only going to fit in one spot, but drives, graphics cards, and other expansion cards should be positioned in such a way that their cables—or the components themselves, for that matter—don’t interfere with one another. You should also try to position them so that component cables begin near one of those holes in the motherboard tray if at all possible.

When assembling a system I find it’s best to save the drives and power supply for last. When all of the other components are in place, it’s easier to see where to position the drive (or drives) and where to route cables.

Touch everything

The process of actually cleaning up the cables within a system is going to vary from build to build, obviously. The best advice we can give is to give each cable some attention and route each one as neatly as possible.

Route all wires behind the motherboard tray whenever possible, and bundle up an excessively long cables. Yes, it’s ugly in the back, but sparkling clean where it matters up front. (Click to enlarge.)

It’s best to snake the cables behind the motherboard tray and to not tie anything down until every cable has been connected and is roughly in the ideal position. I like to route and connect any front-panel or case-related cables first. Then I install any data cables for various drives, and finally place in the power supply. If you throw everything into the system willy-nilly and connect it all up, you’ll often find yourself disconnecting or moving things around to get the cabling right.

Keep airflow in mind; don’t cover any case fans or coolers with a cable if at all possible.

The vast majority of the cabling should wind up behind the motherboard tray in many builds. If your case doesn’t have cut-outs in the motherboard tray, try running all your cables along the side edge of the tray to achieve a clean look.

Once you’ve placed all of the cables, start securing them in tight bundles, starting from the top of the case and working your way down. If any cables are especially long or have excess connections, consider tying the cable together to prevent it from getting in the way of other components and cords. In most cases, you’ll find a large space—relatively speaking—toward the bottom of a system where the bulk of the excess cables can be hidden and secured, as well as ample room behind the motherboard tray.

How to organize your computer wires

A behind-the-motherboard glimpse at a cleanly cabled system.

Velcro strips and twist ties are ideally suited to PC cable management, and adhesive tie downs can also come in handy if your case doesn’t already have tie down locations built-in. Heck, you can even use rubber bands! Don’t use zip ties if you can avoid it, however—if you ever need to remove a component or rewire your PC, zip ties have to be cut away, and it’s all too easy to slice a cable in the process. Stick to reusable, removable ties if at all possible.

How to organize your computer wires

Few cables can be seem from the front side of the same system. Success!

Now that you understand the building blocks of smart cable management, you may want to see smart cabling in action. Check out PCWorld’s guide to organizing your PC cables for a complete system build that discusses proper cable management each step of the way.

What about the outside?

How to organize your computer wires

A spiral wire wrap in action.

If you’re looking to tidy up the cables on the outside of your PC as well, all of the same suggestions apply. Disconnect all of the cables and reconnect them thinnest to fattest, giving each cable some individual attention. Connect any thin audio cables first, then move on to the USB cables, Ethernet cables, and power cables. Route each cable neatly, making sure not to create any tangles along the way, and then use Velcro strips to create tight bundles. Spiral wire wraps can also be great for tidying up the cables outside your PC.

Good cable management isn’t going to improve your benchmark scores or give your system a magical performance boost, but it will make the system run cooler and quieter and could enhance its longevity too. Give it a go—especially if you’ve got a system with a side panel window and want to show off both your computer’s components and your crisp, clean cabling skills.

Computer cable management is essential for your PC to not just look good. but perform better as well. Learn how to organize computer cables and wires right here.

So why should you organize the cables inside your computer? The reasons are numerous:

    With your cables tidied and tucked away, there will be better airflow within your computer case. This lowers the temperature inside your case, prolonging the life span of your hardware in general.

Messy cables and tangled wires trap dust inside your computer. Dust clogs up your heat sinks and fans, impairing their effectiveness. This in turn leads to overheating (especially for your CPU and graphics card), which can damage or even kill your computer hardware in the long run.

  • It looks good. that’s why so many computer cases come with a window. Even if you have a monster machine loaded with state-of-the-art goodies, nobody’s going to be impressed when all they can see is a mess of cables.
  • Now let’s find out how to organize computer wires and cables inside a PC. We shall demonstrate using a basic computer case with no cable management features.

    With this computer cable management guide, you’ll be able to transform this sad-looking mess.

    How to organize your computer wires

    . into this tame bundle of neatness (in under 20 minutes):

    How to organize your computer wires

    Please allow us to introduce you to the humble computer cable tie (see image below). To most people it’s just a little strip of plastic but it’s quite possibly the superstar of computer cable management.

    10 cm (4 in) and 15 cm (6 in) cable ties are most suited for organizing the cables and wires inside a computer case:

    How to organize your computer wires

    There are three general guidelines for computer cable management:

      Make sure that your cables and wires aren’t blocking any of the fans in the case (CPU fan, case fans, power supply fan etc).

    Don’t over-tighten cable ties, especially around slimmer cables such as case connectors and fan wires.

  • Cut off the excess ends of the computer cable ties that stick out. We have purposely left them uncut for this PC cable management guide so that it’s easier for you to spot them.
  • First let’s work on the power supply cables since they make up most of the mess. Tie up all the extra power cables that aren’t in use as shown in the image below:

    How to organize your computer wires

    Once you have tied up your power supply cables, find a hiding place to tuck them away from sight. The extra space next to your 3.5″ drive bays (outlined in yellow below) often makes a perfect hiding spot:

    How to organize your computer wires

    Next let’s draw our attention to the computer case connectors. Since these cables tend to be quite long, it’s a good idea to tie them along several points:

    How to organize your computer wires

    To hold your computer cables and wires in place (and to prevent them from blocking any fans inside the case), you can simply fasten them to any open screw holes with cable ties:

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    How to organize your computer wires

    Whether we like it or not, spending more time at home is here to stay for a while — so we might as well do it right.

    Many companies are keeping their offices closed for the time being and have expanded their work-from-home policies, which means your home-office setup could be your only office setup for the foreseeable future.

    You may have already found a small home office desk for your workspace (or maybe you went all out for a standing desk), ordered an office chair that isn’t ugly, and even decorated with a few knick-knacks and desk essentials.

    But what about those ugly, tangled cords, chargers and power strips? You can’t forget about the lesser-fun home office accessories ― even if they’re just to make your space less of an eyesore.

    In that case, there are some clever solutions to hiding unsightly computer desk cords and cables to keep your workspace organized. There are cable management systems like under-desk racks that keep all of your computer cords from hanging, cable boxes to conceal your power strips, cable ties to bundle everything together and even stick-on clips to keep your chargers nearby.

    We’ve rounded up cord organizers and cable ties so you can organize your cluttered home office desk once and for all.

    Organizing a tangle of cords is easier and less expensive than you might think. Our tips show you how to tidy up your work and living spaces using household items you likely already have.

    The typical desk, entertainment center, utility closet, or junk drawer houses a tangle of wires and cables. These rat’s nests not only look unsightly but also create obstacles. You can never tell which device connects to which socket. Finding the cord you need from storage becomes a real chore. Heaven forbid you accidentally yank the plug of something important while it’s running an update. Organizing your electronics cords not only makes your space look tidy but also keeps everything working efficiently.

    Certainly, the easiest way to simplify your cord and cable situation is to go wireless wherever possible. To do that, you’ll need a good router.

    Try as you might, though, you’re never going to cut all the cables. Take control of the ones you need by streamlining them. Secure them to the back of your desk or along baseboards so they aren’t dangling all over the place. Make them easier to access and label the important ones.

    You don’t need to blow an entire paycheck buying knickknacks from an organization store to get the job done, either. Most of the supplies you need are already in your home. At most, you might drop a couple of dollars online or at a hardware store. (Support your local hardware store!)

    Here are some of my favorite ways to organize cables and cords.

    1. Fasten Cables to Walls With Coaxial Cable Staples

    When cable or Internet technicians hook up service, they usually pop dozens of coaxial cable staples into your wall. These little fasteners go by a few names: coaxial cable staples, nail-ins, or clips; cable wire clips; plastic or polyethylene coaxial staples, and so on. They make the cords run flush along the baseboard or wherever the wires need to go, like up and around doorways and window frames. Coaxial cable staples keep cables in place securely and neatly. There’s no reason you can’t use them for your own tidying up projects.

    The going rate is about $3 for a pack of 20. They usually come in black or white. Use them on any surface where you don’t mind pounding a few nails (see the next tip for a nail-free option). Think about not only the walls, but also the underside or the back of a wooden desk or media center. These little clips are an ideal solution for when you’re sure you know exactly where the wires should go, and they’re unlikely to move any time soon. Tip: Remember to remove the clips and wires from your walls if you’re going to paint them.

    2. Guide Cords Along Delicate Surfaces With Command Strips

    I move house a lot, and because of that, I’m a huge fan of Command Brand products from 3M. The company makes hooks that adhere practically anywhere and don’t damage the surface when you remove them (well, nine out of 10 come off cleanly). You can use them the same way you use coaxial cable clips but without putting any holes in your walls or furniture.

    Buy a few hooks in the cord clip (Opens in a new window) style that are the right size for your cables. Then stick them along the underside or back edge of a desk, the rear of a media cabinet, or wherever you need to guide cords and keep them out of the way. Another reason Command hooks work well is that you can remove the cords easily without removing the hooks—which you can’t do with coaxial cable nail-ins. The Command brand ones are more expensive than nail-in clips and cost between $8 and $9 for a pack of four.

    3. Secure Bundles of Cables With Zip Ties or One-Wraps

    Zip ties, sometimes also called cable ties, are your best friend when you need to get a mess of wires under control quickly. They’re essential for media centers with a bunch of cords all jutting out of the same purge protector or snaking around the back of a television set. When one cable is much longer than others, you can loop it over itself once or twice before cinching it with the zip tie.

    Be careful not to create kinks in your cords when you tie them because it can damage the wiring inside.

    An alternative to zip ties, which I use all the time, are Velcro One-Wraps. They are small strips of hook-and-loop fabric that you use to bundle or organize cords in the same way you might with zip ties. The advantage of One-Wraps is they’re reusable. They’re also ideal for wrapping up little cables that you might carry with you, like a phone charger.

    You can find packs of 20 to 100 cable ties in a variety of colors and lengths from hardware stores or online, from $1.99 to $5.99. We usually think of zip ties as being plastic, but you can also find metal ones that hold up better outdoors. Velcro One-Wraps come in a variety of size and color options, but expect to pay about $4 for a pack of 5 for the size that’s right for home electronics cords and cables.

    4. Use Painter’s Tape in a Pinch

    When you’re out of cable ties or One-Wraps and need a short-term solution for organizing cables, painter’s tape or masking tape can help tame them. Use painter’s tape to hold cords against the back of a desk, a wall, or the underside of a table without worrying about damaging the surface. The only problem with painter’s tape is it doesn’t hold forever. Depending on the type of surface, how clean it is, and the humidity, the tape may hold for weeks or just a few hours. If you’re nervous about a surface that has a delicate varnish, press and remove a length of tape to your skin a few times before using it. The natural oils on your skin make the tape less adhesive.

    5. Set Up Enough Power Strips

    You can’t organize all your electronic equipment and its cables in an area if you don’t have enough room to plug in everything. Power strips and surge protectors are must-have items for keeping cords tidy. Consider mounting them using double-sided mounting tape or Velcro strips to the underside of a desk or back of a hutch to keep them neatly out of view.

    I like surge protectors that come with a shutoff switch so that I can fully power down all my gadgets to be a little greener. This reduces the so-called phantom load: the low-level power suck from LEDs and other non-essential electrical components when devices are technically off but still drawing power. Even better, you can now buy a smart power strip and turn it off remotely.

    Jennifer Rothman is a copywriter and columnist, specializing in delivering informative content you can trust.

    How to organize your computer wires

    With almost everything in your life running on devices and everything you need at the palm of your hand and your fingertips, you must be overwhelmed by the endless wires and cables that are getting much harder to organize by the day. The best cable management ideas don’t require special skills and certainly not special gadgets. What you need is a bit of creativity and the will to brave through those webs of wires over, under and inside your desks.

    How to organize your computer wires

    Simple Cable Management Desk Solutions You Can DIY

    How to organize your computer wires

    Try the following tips that you can do on your own, although some may require you to ask help from an expert. Just keep in mind that the best cable management for the desk at home or the office is one that is responsive to your specific uses and needs, and also your unique preferences.

    Keep Your Outlet Close

    In case your desk is outdated, you’ll likely have holes on your desk that are intended for basic cable and wiring. Use these to start organizing your wires and keep them out of sight. The closer you can bring your desk to an outlet, the better it is for your under table cable management. This organizing tip also improves safety from tripping on wires because wires do not have to be pulled too far away from your desks to plug in. However, the dynamics for standing desks with cable management may be slightly different due to the constant shifts to sitting and standing positions you need to consider when fixing your wires.

    Bundle Your Wires

    Now will be a good time for you to identify what those wires are for. Completing this task will help greatly improve your cable management desk organization because it will also force you to sort through those wires one-by-one.

    Shorten Long Cords

    How to organize your computer wires

    Use zip ties to tie wires together, lessening the length to decrease the clutter. You might also want to try wire wrappers which usually come with your devices. A DIY cable management box can help organize and protect your wires from insects as well as daily wear and tear too. Whichever manner you use to shorten your wires, make sure that the wires can be easily coiled and uncoiled depending on your constantly changing requirements.

    Label Your Plugs

    This DIY desk cable management tip is straightforward. All you need is masking tape, a pair of scissors, and a marker. You might want to label the same wire on both ends. Keep each set of wires hanging on a hook just behind or under your monitor stand, and the other label by the plug. Stop the guessing game and get it right all the time simply by putting on those tags.

    Hide Extension Plugs And Cables

    Get help from an electrician to help you better conceal your cables on walls or under the floor. As an alternative, you can also improve the organization of your desks with cable management that uses file boxes to conceal your extension plugs and cables. Drill holes on the cover or, on the sides enough to fit in your plugs. This is also one of the best cable management tips to better organize chargers for your devices.

    Make A Cable Plug Under Your Desk

    This is one way you can keep your wires and plugs concealed, neatly tucked under your table. It will be neat if you can also hang it by your desk or, elevate it from the floor using a stand.

    Use Velcro To Hang Loose Cables

    How to organize your computer wires

    Use Velcro or binder rings to bundle hanging wires and keep these in place. You will need vertical or horizontal rods, like curtain hangers, to accomplish this properly. This simple tip will help you keep cables out of sight but still allow flexibility for those rare moments when you need to let them down.

    Use Velcro Clamps To Hold Wires In Boxes

    Another way by which you can use those Velcros is by keeping those wires bonded well as you organize them inside shoe boxes. Velcros keep the wires from getting tangled with each other and helps make sure the wires stay right where you want them to be. Given the versatility of Velcro for managing your cable management desks challenges, you should keep a spare on your keyboard tray.

    Install A Multi-Hook Hanger By Your Desk

    Arranging your chargers and plugs by hanging is a great way to declutter your cable connect and still keep the ones you frequently use within arm’s reach. So perhaps you can organize your plugs and wire according to the frequency you use them. Hang the ones you use daily and the others that you seldom use organized inside a box with cable partitions to house each plug properly. If you have extra funds, get a cable strip system to hang your most frequently used chargers by one side of your desk, keep them untangled, and always ready to be pulled and used.

    Get Everything Off The Floor

    Install wood or wire racks underneath the table or next to your desk to keep all cables, plugs, and devices off the ground. Doing so will help conceal your wirings and also make it easier for you to sweep through the floor when your room is due for a cleaning.

    A Cable Management Desk Solution That Works For You

    The cable management desks organizing tips shared here are only meant to inspire you to start decluttering your office and home spaces. You should strive better to keep your work and living areas neat and clean. Keep in mind that when putting your stuff in order, what’s best is that the organizing techniques that you employ are reflective of your needs, lifestyle, and personal preferences. If it doesn’t work for you, it becomes a failure right from the very start.

    Don’t live with a home tied down by messy wires and tangles of electric cords. Here are six items that can help in a big way, without costing an arm and a leg.

    Is this the sort of scary cord spaghetti monster that’s hiding under your home entertainment area? That’s no way to live. Here are affordable, effective products to clear that clutter.

    Echogear 8 Outlet Rotating-Plug Power Strip

    For $30 the Echogear 8 Outlet Rotating-Plug Power Strip helps ease your AC adapter headaches. It offers six outlets that swivel up to 160 degrees. It also has hooks to keep cords nice and neat.

    Echogear 8 Outlet Rotating-Plug Power Strip

    Here’s the Echogear 8 Outlet Rotating-Plug Power Strip with its outlets full. Its outlets spin to make more room for bulky electrical plugs and adapters.

    Belkin 12-Outlet Pivot-Plug Power Strip Surge Protector

    Bring the number of plugs you can attach to a full 12. The $64 Belkin 12-Outlet Pivot-Plug Power Strip Surge Protector doesn’t just let you plug more things in for power. It protects AC outlets and coaxial cable/satellite connections from power surges. Plus, it has a clip to keep cords tidy. At the moment it’s $24 from Amazon .

    How to organize your computer wires

    How to organize your computer wires

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    Wires and cables are the ugly afterthought of many home offices. By the time you’ve wired up your network, plugged in your lamps, phones, and computer equipment, and hooked up all your drives, phones, and devices, the floor of your office looks like a rat’s nest. Cables and wires crisscross the floor, clutter your desk and form an unsightly trap for dust bunnies.

    Here are five tips for controlling the cable and wire madness and putting your home office on the path toward a cleaner, more organized look.

    Wrap the Wires

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    There’s no getting around it. Loose wires just look bad. The good news is you can spiff up your office quickly just by bundling cords and cables together. A simple twist tie, found in abundance in any electronics packaging, will make quick work of the mess. You can bind wires together or tighten up unsightly slack by tying off loops of cable. For larger jobs, products like Velcro cable ties or Q Knot adjustable rubber cable ties can pull together bundles of even the thickest power cords. Plastic zip ties are also cheap and effective, but can’t be adjusted if you want to change up your cable layout.

    Label the Cables

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    There’s a good chance you’ve accumulated a sea of power cords, USB cables, and Ethernet wires. Keeping those connections straight can be a heady task, which is why it can help to label each end of the cables and wires in your home office. Products like the ​Mini Write-on Flag Tie Markers affix to the cable and present a writable surface. For a DIY solution, wrap a bit of masking tape around the cord, leaving a folded over tab of tape to write the name of the cord on using a ballpoint pen or Sharpie.

    When you need to connect an external USB hard drive to a second PC or find the power cord for a scanner, it’s a simple matter of reading information on the cable end, rather than having to trace the cable back to its source.

    Get the Cords Off the Floor

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    Some people’s idea of organization is to push the wad of cords against the baseboards. It doesn’t have to be that way. Consider a product like the Cable Corral, which attaches to the underside of a desk and provides an out-of-sight, off-the-floor landing spot for all the cords that otherwise waterfall off the back of your desk. Not only will the solution banish an eyesore, but it will also make it much easier to vacuum the space.

    Keep Cables Together With Binder Clips

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    The humble binder clip used to pinch together those old tax returns can do amazing things for disorganized cables and cords. Clip some to the back edge of your desk and feed your USB, Ethernet, and other cables through the metal hoops in the clamps. The cables will be anchored neatly in a row. You can even trap thick electrical cords by removing the clamp and positioning the cord into the hoop, before slipping the clamp back onto the metal clip.

    When you unplug a device, the wire won’t drop to the ground and be lost. You can even use jumbo binder clips to bind together multiple cables.

    Corral Cords in a Basket

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    Getting fed up with the haphazard assortment of portable devices and their unsightly cords crisscrossing your desk? One low-cost solution: Plug an AC-to-USB adapter into the wall and run a few mini-USB cables into a stylish basket with inline handles. Then fix several small binder clips in the handle space to anchor the USB cords when not in use.

    When you need to charge a smartphone, MP3 player, or Kindle, just plug and place it into the basket, where it refuels safely out of sight.

    It’s time to make peace with the fact that you probably don’t need 800 Micro-USB cables.

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    Sarah is a freelance writer and CNET How To blogger. Her main focus is Windows, but she also covers everything from mobile tech to video games to DIY hardware projects. She likes to press buttons and see what happens, so don’t let her near any control panels.

    Organizing the cables behind your desk is one thing, but now it’s time to talk about that black hole you call your cable drawer.

    If you’re like me, you probably keep every single cable, charger, and adapter you come across – even if you already have six or seven or 100 of the same one — just in case. Just in case what, though? Just in case you suddenly have 36 Micro-USB devices in desperate need of charging? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Let’s clean out that cable drawer:

    Detangle

    There’s not much I can say about detangling the massive ball of cables you most likely just removed from your cable drawer, except that you should work carefully and try not to put undue stress on cords when you pull them apart. But once you have your cables separated into, well, cables, you should make an effort to keep them that way.

    The easiest way to keep your cables from mingling with each other is to tie them — wrap them loosely around your hand, twist the cord around the middle a few times, and then slip the loose end through the loop (here’s an Instructables guide on how to do this). The only issue with this method is that you risk breaking wires if you wrap them too tightly. Plus, you won’t always be able to wrap cables to exactly the dimensions you need for them to fit in your drawer.

    Dotz Wrap ID Cord Wrap

    I like to use twist ties (for everything, really), because they’re easy and usually free (they usually come with the cable). You can also use Velcro cable wraps, which are cheap and easy to remove. For smaller, slimmer cables, you can pick up some of these $10 Kikkerland Cord Wraps , or, if you need to label your cables, this $14 Dotz Wrap ID Cord Wrap. Quirky’s $10 PowerCurl is a cord wrap that’s specially designed for your MacBook power cord — the adapter goes in the middle, and the cord wraps around the outside.

    Purge

    Once you’ve detangled and wrapped your cables, you’ll probably notice that you have. way too many cables. You really don’t need 83 Micro-USB cords, nor do you need 14 battery chargers for cameras you no longer own. One or two extra HDMI cables is practical; 27 is 25 too many.

    Here’s what you can do with them:

    Sell them

    Not all cables are worth money — a standard USB-to-Micro-USB charging cable rakes in an average of about 99 cents (with free shipping) on eBay. But if you have cables that belong to brand-name products, such as Bose speaker cables or an Apple Lightning cable, you can probably get a few bucks’ profit if you feel like putting in the work. eBay is always a good option for brand-name items, because people lose their cables and chargers and look for the name of the item rather than the generic name of the cable.

    Donate them

    Many charities, including Goodwill, accept cables (especially power cords and USB cables) as donations. Plus, you’ll get a (small) tax write-off.

    Recycle them

    If you don’t itemize your deductions, you may as well just recycle any unwanted cables. Your local Best Buy will take your e-waste at their customer service desk (check their recycling site to make sure), or you can find a nearby recycling center on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

    Are you tired of the cluttered look behind your PC and TV? Unlike your sparkling home with everything perfectly clean, the cluttered wires and cables behind the television, computer or other electrical appliances might be a nightmare for you. Organizing the bunch of cables and wires is not an easy job. No matter how much you try to ignore them, the protruding wires are hard to hide. But no more worries now. The commonly available Zip Ties have made it possible to get rid of the cluttered wires now.

    Many of the people would not have ever considered bundling up the cables and wires. You might have seen people organizing these messy wires using tapes or cords which are not long lasting and easy to use. The Zip ties don’t take much of your time and cost, I reckon. Just tie the wires together with the zip ties and get a perfect neat look for your professionally organized desk. Since these ties are available in a huge variety, you don’t need to bother about the size and sensitivity of the cable materials. Also, the multi-purpose zip ties can be an all-in-one solution for many of the daily hacks.

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    Broad Range of Zip Ties: Types, Colors and Uses

    The zip ties are usually made of nylon, polypropylene and tafzel. The Nylon Zip ties are the most commonly used ones based on their heat resistant capacity. These ties can be categorized depending upon the nature of use and their exposure to sunlight or temperature. The General purpose 6/6 nylon zip ties are most widely used as they are resistant to most chemicals and lubricants. Their working temperature range from 40-185 F. Another category of Nylon Zip tie is Heat Stabilized Nylon 6/6. The wires which involve exposure to a temperature of more than 150 F can be tied up using this type of zip tie. If your wires and cables are continuously exposed to UV or sunlight, then the UV stabilized nylon is the best choice for you. This type of nylon tie is UV as well as weather resistant.

    Miniature cable ties are best suited for use in homes as they can easily bundle light weighted and small cables. Intermediate Cable Ties can wrap together appliances with intermediate size and weight. The soft Hook cable ties are a handy solution to prevent damage to wire insulation.

    If your cables carry liquid, bundling them together is still not a problem. The stainless steel cable ties are suitable for such wires and cables with liquids and high degree temperatures. Tefzel ties are the most suited to appliances which must be protected from environmental hazards like UV radiations or chemical reactions. They have a unique aqua color that makes them look distinctive as well.

    Why must wire bundling look so boring and unattractive? Not anymore now. A wide range of colorful zip ties makes the wire wrapping even catchier. The colored zip ties are also recommended to use when wires must be kept segregated due to the nature of the operation. The color segregation makes wire identification easy.

    Wire Wrapping- Not the Sole purpose

    The zip ties are multi-purpose. From organizing the heavy cables to the tiniest management in your room, these are like a common solution to every problem. Zip ties can be used to tie up shopping bags, unclog a blocked drain, as a keychain, nicely managing mobile charger cables and even fixing up a broken zip. It is a must for your domestic toolkit. Along with a hammer, screwdriver and other accessories, a bundle of varying sizes and types of zip ties can be very helpful. If you consider them just one-time used material, you need to experience them. Rather than cutting them off to untie a bag or something, the zip ties can be loosened or opened up to be reused.

    Your busy life demands all easy solutions that save not only cost but your time and energy as well. With zip ties your life can be made simpler and more organized. An ordinary looking zip tie can do wonders for you in many ways. Just bring these small zip ties to organize your cables and wires and I can bet you’ll find yourself using them everywhere!

    Introduction: Organizing the Wires and Cables Inside Your Computer

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    Check out the author’s website, Neatinformation.com, for lots of projects and other interesting articles.

    There are lots of power wires and data cables inside a desktop computer and they can be an incredible mess.

    Keeping the wires and cables organized makes it easier to maintain your computer, improves air flow, and reduces the amount of dust which collects inside your computer.

    Current mass storage devices (hard drives, optical media, etc.) use SATA cables, a fairly stiff plastic coated cable with several wires embedded inside. SATA cables come with a warning not to fold the cable too tightly or they can be damaged.

    Step 1: After – a Neater Setup

    A very simple way to put your SATA cables in neatly is to wind them like a “pigtail” spring. It also looks pretty neat if you’ve got a computer with a clear window.

    (This isn’t an original idea, a friend showed it to me and many others have done it too.)

    Step 2: How to Do It

    The trick is to wind the SATA cable around the handle of a tool, I used a hammer because it was about the right diameter. Don’t force the cable, just wind it and it’ll hold its shape (approximately).

    The cable won’t stay tightly wound and will easily slip off the end of the tool. Then just bend the ends of the cable as needed to plug the connectors into your computer.

    An overabundance of cords is one of the unfortunate side effects of working with technology. A wireless keyboard and mouse can help reduce cord clutter, but there’s no getting around the need for power cables and cords to connect other accessories to your computer. Because I write about technology and test dozens of home-office products every month, my desk is more often a wiry mess than the clean and organized one I’d like it to be.

    I’d organized my desk before, in sweeping procrastination sessions, but afterward the wires seemed to multiply. What I really needed was a better system and better tools to tame the cables. So I reached out to friends, colleagues, and strangers on Twitter for advice on what they use for cord control. I then bought many of their suggested items and went to work on all the wires on my desk.

    What you need

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    There are hundreds of items to help you manage cords, from cases and cable ties to cable sleeves and under-desk mounted options. I chose to focus on the cables sprawled atop my desk because I rarely look at the mess of wires beneath it.

    If you have a desk that’s not up against the wall or that’s in a public shared space where you do see those under-desk wires, the JOTO Cable Management Sleeve was recommended by a few people. It’s like a zip-up leg warmer for power cords and cables. The IKEA Signum comes highly recommended too.

    To corral the cords on my desk, though, I ended up using these tools to semi-permanently place cables exactly where I wanted them and where they were still within reach:

    • OHill Cable Clips: These rubbery plastic discs and rectangles have remarkable sticking power, and they have channels for two, three, or five cables. I use one to keep the long wire of my ergonomic keyboard in place.
    • Nite Ize Gear Ties: Previously, I was using Velcro One-Wrap Cable Ties (which are still useful for cables I take with me on the go), but the Velcro can catch lint and hair and other debris. The Nite Ize ties are strong, bendable little sticks that don’t have that problem. They’re best for gathering together multiple thick cords, such as power cords, and they come in different colors, so it’s easier to identify cables.
    • Twelve South SurfaceSnap: I find these leather straps with metal snaps attractive. I like the old-timey feel of snapping or unsnapping them to move wires around as needed. The adhesive isn’t as strong as that of OHill’s clips (so be sure to clean the desk surface before attaching), but cables still stay in place.

    I also tried the Anker Magnetic Cable Holder, since I was attracted to its magnetic feature. But it seems designed only for very thin wires. Similarly, I was disappointed by the TAP-UP Cable Box, which promised a drill-free way to house cords beneath the desk. I had trouble getting the box to open once assembled, and I feared the cables might end up imprisoned for life.

    Michael Crider has been writing about computers, phones, video games, and general nerdy things on the internet for ten years. He’s never happier than when he’s tinkering with his home-built desktop or soldering a new keyboard. Read more.

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    If you’re anything like us, the cables behind your desk look more like a rat’s nest than anything else. But with a little time and some tools, you can get those cables organized and out of the way.

    There are a few different ways to approach this problem: people tend to either lift their surge protector off the floor and hang it underneath the desk, or leave it where it is and put it in a handy box to make it easier to hide and/or clean. We have both options covered, along with some of the other tools you’ll need to get your desk cables organized.

    The Best Surge Protector Organizer Box: Quirky Plug Hub ($26)

    Surge protectors and power strips are one of the hardest part of your desk to keep tidy, but this combination tray and able spool will keep everything straight. The Quirky Plug Hub has an advantage over some of the box designs below by keeping the plugs themselves accessible while also coiling excess lengths of multiple power cords.

    The open bottom accommodates surge protectors of any length, and three internal spools and matching escapements keep the power cables from getting tangled. The box can stand on the floor or be mounted directly to the underside of the desk.

    The Best Oversized Organizer Box: U-Miss Cable Management Boxes ($25)

    If you need something to handle a large surge protector and don’t need to access it constantly, this matched set should handle your needs. The largest in the three-pack is 16 inches long, which is big enough to handle the largest surge protector around, with cable escapements on either side. The smaller boxes are a bonus.

    While it doesn’t have the internal spooling of our top pick, the U-Miss set is enough to handle smaller desks or entertainment centers without more elaborate mounting needs.

    The Best Under-Desk Organizer Tray: Stand Up Desk Store Raceway ($49)

    Those who want to stick their surge protector and all assorted cables directly underneath their desktop will be best served by this raceway design. It offers over nine inches of vertical space for even the chunkiest of power strips, with either 39 or 41 inches of length.

    The metal tray screws into the underside of the desktop and runs along the back, with a long space in the top of the tray for running power and data cables to any point in the desk.

    The Best Cable Sleeve: JOTO Cord Management System ($12)

    Cables tend to tangle between the power strip and your PC, and the surface of your desk. These zip-up sleeves keep everything tight, and they’re easy to apply and remove. The neoprene material (the same stuff in diving suits) is considerably tougher than the cotton or mesh often seen in other sleeves. Standard scissors can cut holes in the sides of the sleeves to allow cables to exit from any point.

    Other Cable Organization Tools

    Getting your desktop as tidy as possible might need a little more than the tools mentioned above, especially for gadgets like phone and tablet chargers, speakers, or webcams that need to be placed at the edge of the desk. This smaller power strip, which clamps to the side of most desks, is a great way to quickly recharge laptops and other gadgets.

    How to organize your computer wiresThis handy design sticks three outlets and four USB chargers on your desktop. Vilong

    For easy, semi-permanent placement of single cables, this variety pack of cable clips can get you started. If you want something that keeps a bundle of cables accessible but still individual, this top-side cable keeper is what you’re looking for. For smaller bundles of cables, velcro ties can keep them together without the need for a larger sleeve.

    When you finally decide it’s time to do something about that rat’s nest of cables that’s spreading like kudzu, you don’t have to spend a lot of time and money to get it under control. Whether you’re looking to stow your headphone wires tangle-free in your gym bag, hide the ugly wire spaghetti you keep kicking further under your desk, or organize your gadget chargers and power plugs, we’ve got some cord management tricks for you. Hit the jump for photos and videos of our top 10 favorite ways to get cables under control.

    10. ID Your Plugs with Labels

    Crawling around under your desk rearranging the power strip is a pain in the knees enough without having to guess which power plug belongs to which gadget. If you want something smaller and better-looking than your label maker or masking tape and marker can produce, identify your plugs with a $6 set of previously mentioned ID PILOT Identification Labels . Each sticker is small and round and displays a photo of the gadget the plug’s connected to.

    Office Supplies Fetish: Power plug ID labels

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    Whether we like it or not, spending more time at home is here to stay for a while — so we might as well do it right.

    Many companies are keeping their offices closed for the time being and have expanded their work-from-home policies, which means your home-office setup could be your only office setup for the foreseeable future.

    You may have already found a small home office desk for your workspace (or maybe you went all out for a standing desk), ordered an office chair that isn’t ugly, and even decorated with a few knick-knacks and desk essentials.

    But what about those ugly, tangled cords, chargers and power strips? You can’t forget about the lesser-fun home office accessories ― even if they’re just to make your space less of an eyesore.

    In that case, there are some clever solutions to hiding unsightly computer desk cords and cables to keep your workspace organized. There are cable management systems like under-desk racks that keep all of your computer cords from hanging, cable boxes to conceal your power strips, cable ties to bundle everything together and even stick-on clips to keep your chargers nearby.

    We’ve rounded up cord organizers and cable ties so you can organize your cluttered home office desk once and for all.

    Cord Management for an Organized Home

    Behind the TV stand is a scary place. It’s all cords and wires, and it’s a trap for dirt, dust, pet hair, and lost toys. Take a peek behind your desk or nightstand, and you’ll find another cord jungle. Our homes are overrun with electronics, and everything needs its own special cord. Why are there so many cords? Even though Back to the Future and the Jetsons led us to believe everything would be cordless and run on space power here, we are with more cords than ever before. It’s time to wrangle those wires! I think you’re going to love these 10 Clever Ways to Organize Cords and Wires.

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    If you’ve got cords running wild, you need these cord management ideas. Never misplace a cord again and keep everything neat and tidy.

    10 Clever Ways to Organize Cords and Wires

    Everyone can use a few cord organization ideas. Keeping them labeled and contained is key to cord management. Here are a few tools to help you get started.

    • Label it. A handheld label maker is a great way to identify cords, so you know exactly which cord goes with electronic.
    • Color code it. Color coding is another great cord organization idea. Washi tape comes in an array of colors and is fun for color-coding cords.
    • Tie it up. Cords seem to have a mind of their own and slither all over the place. Keep them in place with ties and clips.
    • Consider multiple solutions. Just as there are tons of different cords, there are tons of different cord organizing solutions. If the DIY ideas below don’t fit your specific cord situation, check out the many commercial cord management solutions available. There’s sure to be several cord organizers out there that are perfect for your situation!

    1. Soap Box Organizer

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    Have cords you don’t need to use daily? Joyful Homemaking will show you how to use travel soapboxes to organize all of your cords.

    2. Toilet Paper Tube Organizer

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    Use items from around your house to create a handy toilet paper tube cord organizer like this example from Organize Your Stuff Now.

    3. Shoebox Organizer

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    Create a functional shoebox organizer for your cords with these simple instructions from Darkroom & Dearly.

    4. Washi Tape Labels

    How to organize your computer wiresThere is nothing worse than unplugging the clock when you mean to unplug the lamp! Solve the problem with this washi tape label idea from Rachel Hollis.

    5. Cable Cosy

    How to organize your computer wiresDo you travel with a lot of cords? This simple cable cosy from Live it. Love it. Make it. is easy to make with the free PDF pattern.

    6. DIY Cord Organizer

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    If you’re tired of blindly digging behind furniture, hoping to come up with the cord you need, you will love ‘s Everyday Dishes DIY cord organizer.

    7. Hidden Book

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    If you have Internet in your home, you have a modem and a router, and all the cords that come with them. Sewing Barefoot clears the clutter with this hidden book storage solution.

    8. Phone Charging Cord Holder

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    This phone charging cord holder from Heather’s Handmade Life is a fantastic way to keep your phone cords contained and right where you need them.

    9. Hidden Cords

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    Ugh! That unsightly mess under your TV stand is easy to hide using a few items from the hardware store and these hidden cord instructions from Poofy Cheeks.

    10. Under Desk Cord Management

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    In My Style has a great tutorial for achieving under desk cord management!

    Do you have any clever ways that you organize your cords and wires? Share them in the comments below!

    How to organize your computer wires

    Are your cables all tangled together in a disorganised heap under your desk? Or perhaps you are still putting off organising the plethora of wires hiding behind your TV? Or maybe the bottom of your bag has become a cable graveyard for wires that aren’t worth the effort to untangle?

    Tangled wires are not just notoriously difficult to manage, they can also be very dangerous and electrically unsafe if all the wear and tear causes damage to the protective layers or if any of the live wire becomes exposed. This could mean that you are putting yourself at an increased risk of an electric shock or worse.

    Here are our top 5 tip and tricks to help you keep all your cables in check:

    1. Take a look online for some great cable management kits that come complete with storage boxes, cable clips, cable holders, cable sleeves etc. Here is an example kit on Amazon that is extremely affordable and will help you keep control of all your stray wires: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hynec-Technologies-Management-Editing-adjustable/dp/B076QJQYTX/
    2. Don’t want to spend the cash? No worries, there are plenty of DIY tutorials on the internet to help you make your own cable management tools like homemade charging stations and cable sleeves or blog posts detailing how to reuse common household items such as wooden pegs and binder/foldback clips!
    3. Labelling your wires can make finding them later an absolute breeze. Instead of having to trace back every single cable back to the source to figure out which is which, labelling them at both ends will help you know what you’re unplugging so you don’t end up unplugging the wrong machine!
    4. Storing away your cables? Try toilet rolls for an easy DIY creation to help hold and organise all the wires in a tangle free fashion! Then simply write a label on the toilet roll and you’re good to go! Here is an example: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Toilet-Paper-Cable-Organizer
    5. Make sure you aren’t daisychiaining your cables as this could make managing them tedious and confusing. Not only this, but plugging extension cords into extension cords is highly dangerous and could lead to an electric accident or fire if you accidentally overload your sockets from too much current running through the leads.

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    Somehow, in 2021, when everything is “wireless” this and “bluetooth” that and “AirPlay” that and “Alexa” this , there are still wires h anging out of everything. Your desk, media console, nightstand— and, in the work from home era, probably your dining table, too—are laden with so many wires and tripping hazards , you might as well be traversing a complicated root system in the rainforest.

    Luckily, there are systems and methods to deal with all the wires, cords, and plugs hanging around your outlets. Let’s start small: Get some velcro strips or gear ties to coil up your thin, dangly wires. You can just use a twist tie from a bag of bread to hold your small wires together in storage, but buying a pack of gear ties allows you to color-code what belongs where.

    Next, get your hands on some adhesive hooks. You can put them on the back of your desk or headboard to hook chargers and wires to so they aren’t hanging loosely down the sides of every piece of furniture. You can also use a blinder clip on your computer to hold a phone or laptop charger in place without it falling to the floor.

    Finally, for heavily-corded work stations, get some spiral tubing to hold everything in one single, thick feed. You can also hide the cords running along your wall or baseboards with a cover that looks like molding. And my favorite cord hack is this rotating power strip that allows you to save space and still connect every chunky plug you have.

    With each new tech device you bring into your life, an assortment of charging cords, USB cables, and adapters are sure to follow. Before long, it’s difficult to remember which cords go with which devices, let alone where you stashed them. To help us gain control of the cord clutter, the organization pros at Horderly shared their top two recommended methods. The first is ideal for those who frequently reach for a pair of earbuds or an HDMI cable and want to spot what they’re searching for at a glance. The second method stows tech accessories in style yet out of sight, and can even work for open shelving. No matter which strategy you choose, let inserts or dividers create designated spots for each item.

    Clear the Way

    If you’re planning to store your tech accessories in a closed cabinet, then transparent, open bins will make it easy to find what you’re looking for. Plus, they eliminate the extra step of removing a lid each time you reach for a charging cord. Use a label maker to mark what goes where.

    Conceal the Chaos

    Open shelving and cord clutter generally don’t mix—until you add chic storage bins with leather handles into the equation. The lids will keep the contents dust-free, while hiding unsightly cords and cables from view.

    This method works best for those who want tech storage that blends seamlessly with their home decor style.

    Add Inserts

    For both of the techniques above, the experts at Horderly suggest investing in inserts that fit the bins or boxes you’re using. Without dividers, a large storage bin will devolve into a junk drawer—but once you have a slot for each cable, adapter, or memory card, you have a storage system you can maintain.

    September 4, 2015

    I am a label fiend. I love labels. But ‘why’ you may ask?
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    Thoroughly organizing a space creates transformational results in your home and life, which is exactly why we’re in the business of organizing. We love creating peaceful, energizing spaces for our clients (and friends) to thrive in.

    Using labels is not a necessity in creating an organized space, but it does have a magical effect. Adding labels to an organized space is our secret sauce for solidifying and maintaining the new system long after the project is done.
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    Cords are the type of items that are especially difficult to identify at a glance. When they’re tossed in a bin or drawer together, they all look the same. Adding labels to your cords will create clarity and ease every time you’re looking for a specific item.
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    Here are 7 ways to label your cords and cables so they’re easier to find.

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    Use color-coded washi tape to differentiate your actively used chargers and headphones from your family’s or coworkers’. image via May Richer Fuller Be

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    Place a label on a binder clip, secure the binder clip to the side of your desk, and loop the corresponding cord through its prong. This will keep each cord easily identifiable and retrievable. image via Everyday Dishes

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    These colorful cord identifiers made by Dotz Shop are super fun and come in packs of 5. Since they’re pre-made labels, they’re less customizable; however, the ease and visual appeal has us intrigued!

    How to organize your computer wires

    Use a Sharpie to write down which device each cord belongs to on a piece of washi tape. It’s that simple. image via Daily Mom

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    Write on the far left side of a long sticker label, and secure it to the cord by folding it in half. image via Simply Organized

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    Put a printed label directly on the cord to identify what device it goes with. This approach works perfectly for any cord with a larger boxed plug. image via The Realistic Organizer

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    Ziploc bags are one of our favorite inexpensive organizing tools. Use them for grouping similar cords together and labeling that group. Write directly on the bag with sharpie, or add a sticky label to the outside. image via Awesome Inventions

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    Never see a tangled wire again!

    How to organize your computer wiresBinder Clips

    If you’re anything like us, your electrical cables can become a tangled, knotty mess. We’ve discovered an easy storage solution that utilizes—what else?—binder clips! Untangle your cables and collect (or coil) them into organized batches; then clip them together to keep them organized while stored away, or attach them to a desk, table, or shelf.

    Spiral Notebook Rings

    It may be hard to watch your child’s notes on the conservation of matter go into the recycling bin, but when it comes time to part with school notebooks, save the spirals. They work great to collect stray cords and wires. Attach the spiral horizontally to a strip of wood using a hot-glue gun. Place it behind your computer and “thread” your cables through the rings. They’ll stay separate and it will keep them from falling to the floor when not in use.

    Foam Pipe Insulation

    Go to the home improvement store and buy some foam pipe insulation. (It usually has a lengthwise slit in it; if not, cut one yourself.) Run the cords through the tube, and allow them to come up through the slit wherever needed. Stick the whole thing behind your desk or nightstand, and you won’t have to look at unsightly cords again!

    Toilet/Paper Towel Rolls

    Don’t throw away empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls! Use them to store the millions of cords running behind your entertainment center. The rolls keep the cords untangled, and if you also write which appliances the cords belong to on the roll, you just might be the most organized person in your neighborhood.

    Copper Wire

    Once you’ve untangled the web and wrangled your cords into individual bundles, wrap each one with a stretch of unused copper wire. Simply twist the ends of the wire together to keep your bundled cord intact.

    Ponytail Holders

    Keep them neat and out of the way with ponytail holders or rubber bands, or fold up detachable cords and store them in paper towel tubes—label the tubes to remind yourself which cord belongs to which appliance. This works well for storing Christmas tree lights, too.

    Hair Clips

    Use old or broken hair clips (the claw variety) to tame cords from hair dryers and straighteners. Just wrap the cord neatly and clamp to keep in place.

    Plant Pots

    Keep them straight by storing them in upside-down plant pots. Stash them underneath the pots in the garage and, when you need one, pull the plug end through the hole in the pot’s bottom.

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    Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends’ refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.

    Last Updated on April 23, 2020 by April

    These cable management ideas are exactly what you need to achieve that flawless, clean aesthetic around your home.

    How to organize your computer wires

    Having various fun gadgets around your home is great, but it can lead to plenty of overwhelm when it comes time to organize your cables. You’ve got all the tech you could ever ask for, but it will take a little creativity to make everything look presentable.

    Each room has its wire challenges that can be addressed with the right tools. With the use of sleeves, command hooks, and drills (if you’re feeling a little extra), you can say goodbye to unsightly tangled cables. Here are some of the most genius solutions to your cable-related woes.

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    Want more ideas for organizing your home? Check out these 100 best Dollar Store organization hacks.

    Essential Cable Management Tools

    Here are some of the most useful cable management mounts, cable holders, desk organizers, chargers, and ties for getting your excess cables out of sight. Each of these tools helps you hide and group cables together. To check the item out, simply click on its picture.

    Don’t fumble it when it comes down to the wire.

    By Whitson Gordon | Published Mar 8, 2019 7:30 PM

    How to organize your computer wires

    You’ve created a killer workspace, but the underside of your desk looks like Medusa’s worst hair day. With power cables, speaker wire, and the giant surge protector everything plugs into, a serious workstation can amass a lot of connections. Here are three steps to hide them away for a clutter-free space.

    Hang them up

    Getting your cables off the ground is the first and most crucial part of organizing them. If you keep them close to the underside of your desk’s surface, they’ll be hidden from view to anyone standing in the vicinity, creating a clutter-free environment so you can do your best work (that is, unless your desk is glass, which is very unforgiving to messes).

    This, for example, is what my desk looks like without any cable management:

    There are a number of ways to remedy this rat’s nest. I currently use the $15 IKEA SIGNUM cable management tray to mount my cables to the underbelly of my desk, though I’ve also used rain gutters with good results. You could even use pegboard, or a shallow wire basket if you have one lying around. Mount your tool of choice on the bottom of your desk, re-run your cables through it, and you’ll be on your way. The more you can keep them separated from one another, the easier they’ll be to manage later on, but don’t stress out too much—it’s very, very difficult to keep things neat and tidy under there if you have a lot of cables. (I tried very hard, and you can see I still failed. But at least they’re hidden.)

    How to organize your computer wiresNo longer a trap for your Roomba. Whitson Gordon

    If you have a normal, skinny surge protector, you can probably fit that on your cable management tray to get it off the ground as well. (Bonus tip: grab a couple of these short extension cables for devices with large, annoying power bricks, and you’ll be able to make use of every outlet on the strip.) If you have a larger surge protector—like the Smart Strip I’m using—it may not fit on a SIGNUM or in a rain gutter. In that case, you may want to mount the surge protector to the underside of your desk on its own, either using some Command Strips or the included screw mounts on the back.

    I actually built my current desk with these tricks in mind, but you should be able to find a solution for just about any desk if you’re clever enough. Here’s what mine looks like when organized:

    Bundle them together

    Mounting some cable trays will hide a lot of the mess, but if you want to keep things a bit more organized—especially on the top side of your desk, where PC and monitor cables run a little wild—invest in some cable ties to bundle them together. Zip ties are the cheapest option, though I find them kind of a pain for anything I might disconnect later, so I currently use velcro-esque reusable ties like these ones instead. Alternatively, you can run your cables through a long zipper sleeve like this one. I’ve also started using these stiff rubber ties around my house, and really like them.

    How to organize your computer wiresI use velcro-esque reusable ties like these. Whitson Gordon

    I wrap these around bundles of cables every foot or two along the runs under my desk, as well as behind my desk, where they can keep stray monitor, keyboard, mouse, and other cables from flapping about. It’s a small improvement that can make a big difference.

    Clear your workspace

    With the cables under your desk hidden away, it’s time to take care of the stragglers atop the surface. You have a few options here:

    • Switch to wireless devices: If you have a mouse, keyboard, or other peripherals that come in wireless varieties, you can eliminate cables entirely by switching to Bluetooth models. They tend to be a bit more expensive than their wired brethren—and you’ll want to make sure the manufacturer is known for reliable wireless connections—but if you’re striving for a truly cable-free space, this is a given.
    • Stick peripherals to the underside of your desk: Your surge protector isn’t the only thing that can hang down below. I’ve mounted my headphone amp, SD card reader, and headphone hook all to the underside of my desk using Command Strips. Their cables run through cable drops stuck to the bottom of my desk, all the way to my SIGNUM tray, so they never have to grace my sight. Not only does this eliminate cable clutter, but it eliminates desk clutter in general, while keeping those peripherals within arm’s reach.
    • Build cable management into the desk surface: For things that you absolutely need on top of your workspace, find a way to build cable holes and outlets into your desk. For example, this guide at Make Magazine shows you how to install a USB hub into your desk, or you can install simple grommets for your cables to run down to the underside (instead of trailing all the way to the back of the desk).

    It’s up to you which of these tips in this guide you take to heart, of course. I personally don’t like wireless mice and keyboards, so I’m willing to put up with a couple cables. Especially since my desk is still rather clean—or, at least, far cleaner than it was a few years ago before I undertook this never-ending mission. Good luck.

    Become the cable management master.

    How to organize your computer wires

    Cable management is the bane of every PC builder’s existence. Nobody likes it, it takes too long, and it just isn’t any fun most of the time. However, it doesn’t have to be difficult on top of all that. Here is a guide to help hide those clunky computer cables.

    What do you need?

    To start managing all of your computer cables, you’re going to want to prepare a few things first: zip ties, a surge protector, and an optional cable rack or cable clips.

    While these items aren’t always necessary, they can make things much easier and allow for more options when adding to, or moving, your setup.

    Set everything up

    The very first thing to hide those pesky computer cables is to move the computer as far away as possible. The computer is actually the least important part of this process.

    Now that the computer is out of the way, the next step is to take whatever peripherals—monitors, keyboards, Stream Decks, etc.—may be included in the current setup and figure out where those will live.

    Arrange cables

    Once the peripherals have been set up and arranged, go ahead and arrange the cables from each peripheral in the direction of the PC or power source. This makes tangling cables just a bit harder, making it easier to keep track of the cables for each peripheral.

    Use a cable tie to bundle up multiple cables from a single accessory. If a speaker set has two or three cables, bundle them together. If a monitor has several display cables, bundle them together. This makes it much easier to keep track of and helps to avoid tangling later on down the road.

    Cable rack

    Once you’ve arranged your cables in the direction you prefer, it’s time to decide whether you want to use a cable rack for your setup.

    A cable rack isn’t necessary to hide all of your computer cables, but it makes things a whole lot easier and a whole lot cleaner, too.

    How to organize your computer wires

    Above, there are a few different options to choose from when it comes to cable racks. There’s the traditional wire rack that costs about $20, a sleek cable raceway for $14, and a few cable clips that you can stick onto the bottom of your desk for $15.

    To make it even easier, you could invest a few dollars into a cable sleeve to run all of your cables through to keep them all in a single tube.

    Plug it all in

    After arranging the cables and placing them into a cable rack or sleeve, it’s time to plug everything in. This is where the surge protector comes in handy.

    Using a surge protector allows room for more accessories, such as a secondary monitor, a TV, and a console or two to be plugged into a single outlet without using other outlets around the room.

    More importantly, using a surge protector will also protect any devices that are plugged into the outlet from any electrical surges or power outages.

    Time for the PC

    After everything is plugged in, it’s time to bring the PC back over to your setup. You will need to plug your accessories into your PC now that you’ve got the rest of your setup ready to go.

    Try to avoid cable overlap when you plug your accessories into the PC. This makes it cleaner and can help protect the integrity of your computer cables so they’ll last longer.

    Depending on how many USB ports your computer has and how many USB accessories you have, a USB hub may prove to be a worthwhile investment. The purpose of using a USB hub is to keep as many USB cables in the back of your computer as possible. This keeps the front of your computer clean and free of any unnecessary cables.

    This process should hide away most of the cables. There are certain cables that you just can’t hide, and that’s OK. These unavoidable cables include keyboards, mice, and any stray peripheral wires that need room to breathe. However, if you wanted to hide cables like keyboard cables, there are other ways to hide them, like drilling into your desk and using a grommet to route them underneath to free up even more space.

    A good cleaning helps refresh our living and mental spaces. Here’s how to declutter your digital spaces.

    • Snap layouts provide a more organized view and optimize screen space on your computer. Choose from different grid options to arrange a more organized computer desktop screen.
    • Consider creating separate folders in OneDrive. Make folders with distinct names for your photos, documents, or special projects.
    • Keep your inbox feeling fresh and spam-free with automatic filtering and sorting, as well as tools like Sweep, Archive, and Move to.
    • Clean out your Browser Favorites in Microsoft Edge by reorganizing or deleting unused favorites. You can also create new Edge Collections to keep visual track of your ideas on the web.

    There you have it. These tips can help you get that fresh, clean feeling for all your digital spaces.

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    A good cleaning helps to refresh our living spaces and mental spaces. Our digital libraries are no exception. According to a study in the journal of Behavior & Information Technology, our brains have a tougher time finding things when they are positioned in a disorganized manner. 1 Some simple strategies can help minimize distractions and maximize organization in digital spaces like email inboxes and computer desktop screens, so you can reclaim your focus and productivity.

    Stop the chaos before it starts

    Snap layouts provide a more organized view, optimize screen space, and maximize your productivity with just a snap. Choose from different grid options to arrange your computer desktop screen in the way that is most organized for you and eliminates visual clutter best. You can easily access your open browser and app windows without excessive switching back and forth. It’s also a great way to have one window for something you’re monitoring—like a dashboard, sports game, or video feed, while you do other work.

    Multiple desktops provide another easy way to keep everything in its right place from the start. Keep personal and professional apps and files separate by having a specific desktop for each one.

    Move your files for a mess-free desktop

    Do your files tend to stack up across your computer desktop screen with no clear home? Consider creating some organized folders in OneDrive. Make separate folders with clear and distinct names for things like photos, documents, or special projects. The best part is everything is stored in the cloud which helps you save space on your PC. You’ll feel organized when your desktop is clean and your files are backed up.

    Clean out email clutter

    Keep your inbox feeling fresh and spam-free with automatic filtering and sorting, as well as tools like Sweep, Archive, and Move to. The Clutter feature can help you filter low-priority emails, which saves time for only your important messages. And Conversation Clean Up can automatically delete redundant messages within a conversation so replies don’t overwhelm your inbox. You can also automate what happens to your emails by creating rule settings. Outlook will automatically move messages to other folders based on certain criteria such as subject lines or sender name.

    Say goodbye to outdated bookmarks and open tabs

    Is your current browser littered with old bookmarks that you don’t want to organize? Out with the old and in with the new, start fresh by making the switch to Microsoft Edge.

    If you’re already using Microsoft Edge, clean out your Browser Favorites by reorganizing or deleting unused favorites. Additionally, you can create new Edge Collections to more visually keep track of your ideas on the web.

    There you have it. Each of these tips will help you achieve that fresh and clean feeling for your different digital spaces.

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    How to organize your computer wires

    Your desk and nightstand might be a mess of cables right now, but they don’t need to be. You’ll never have to fish around for or untangle cables again with these handy organizers.

    Whether you’re looking for something to contain the cables behind your computer, an option to separate your many chargers, or just a safer and tidier alternative to hiding electronics and cords from your kids, we’ve got what you’re looking for.

    Best Weighted Desktop Cable Organizer ($7)

    How to organize your computer wires

    What’s easier than placing a weighted organizer on your desk? Don’t bother with drilling holes in your walls or desk, or sticking adhesive to different surfaces—this RayCue Weighted Cable Holder is quick to place on your desk and even quicker to place your wires into. There are two ways to organize your cables: by placing the cables separately between the rings, or by threading all the cables together through the holes in the middle of the weighted organizer.

    Best of all, it also doesn’t take up much space, so even though you’re adding something to your desk, the space created by your neatly organized cables more than makes up for the footprint of the organizer.

    Best Cable Organizer to Conceal Your Chargers ($17)

    How to organize your computer wires

    The QICENT Cord Organizer Box is a great option for hiding your clutter, and it’s super convenient if you have a lot of small devices or chargers on your desk. Keep this inconspicuous box on your desk or on the floor to organize your cables by feeding as much (or as little) of the charging cables through the large holes on the box and then plugging them into a UBS charging hub or power strip inside.

    When you plug your items in you can either tuck them inside the box (like you might with, say, a USB battery pack you don’t need to access until it is done charging) or you can lean a device (like your phone) in the deep groove around the top for easy access.

    Best Sleeve to Wrangle Your Messy Cables ($11)

    How to organize your computer wires

    If you’re looking for the best option to conceal and contain infrequently handled cables (like those behind your PC or media center), the Baltic Living Cable Management Sleeve is the perfect fit. You can group all the cables together with this sleeve to hide them behind your desk, computer, or TV. The material of the sleeve is made of a flexible and durable neoprene that can hold big bundles of cords without tearing.

    The sleeve comes in 80 inch lengths, but it’s easily to both cut the sleeve to use in multiple places (if you don’t need the whole run) and to cut slits in the cable to feed cables out at specific points for different devices behind your desk or in your AV rack. Unlike many sleeves of this style, it seals with Velcro instead of a zipper so you can cut it as short or as long as you want without worrying about ruining the product.

    Lastly, the sleeve is reversible with a black and white side, so it’s easy to distinguish between different groups of cords. You can also match the color to your office or home based on the color of your wall, desk, or media center.

    Best Under the Desk Wire Loom Style Cable Manager ($35)

    How to organize your computer wires

    The TechDek Products Cable Manager looks great by not only keeping your cables organized and out of sight, but also has a black or silver wire frame that is aesthetically pleasing for those of you with open back desks. You can secure this Cable Manager under your desk or vertically on your wall with screws, making the design sturdy and reliable—no matter your needs.

    The evenly spaced, rounded wire hooks are placed to hold all of your cables efficiently. The middle section between the wired hooks can hold excess wires or powerstrips, which helps with organization and space-saving. Lastly, there’s space underneath the wired middle section to strap a powerstrip or surge protector for maximum use of the cable manager. Our favorite part about this particular organizer is that with its out-of-sight design your cables can be as messy or as neatly organized as you want—and nobody will be the wiser.

    Best Stick on Surfaces Wire Organizer Set ($7)

    How to organize your computer wires

    The Whellen Multipurpose Cable Clips Set is a quick and easy way to add cable management anywhere. The clips can hold from 1 to 5 wires on the different-sized adhesive holders (there are two of each type in 10 pack). The size and the adhesive makes them a perfect fit for everywhere you want to secure cables from your office to your kitchen.

    If you love the concept but you’re looking for something a little more steamlined and a lot more of them, be sure to check out the eBoot 100 Pieces Adhesive Cable Clips Wire Management Pack.

    No one wants to see tangled cords lying around.

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    How to organize your computer wires

    Whether you’re setting up your home office or game room, you’re bound to face the hurdle of tangled, unsightly cords. Luckily for you, we’ve gathered everything you need to know about how to hide cords with a few creative tricks. In order to properly implement your favorite home office ideas, you’ll want to keep the space from looking cluttered by tucking away any wires from lamps or printers. One clever hack is to use a staple gun to discreetly conceal them under the desk and along the leg. Or, if you’re in need of some small space decorating ideas to prevent wires from making an already tiny room feel more cramped, try hiding them behind a well-styled bookcase or using jute rope to cover an extension cord for a neutral look.

    There are also several ways to cover those bulky modems and routers, such as hiding them within book covers or a woven basket. Your favorite cozy living room ideas will go off without a hitch once you apply some of these tricks. Whether you’re looking for a DIY fix or something that you can buy, these ideas are sure to answer your questions about how to hide cords in a stylish way.

    How to organize your computer wires

    Adding a second top shelf like this nightstand satisfies all your device-charging needs without cluttering the top shelf.

    Get the tutorial at Houseful of Handmade.

    How to organize your computer wires

    Create these adorable felt organizers for your small cords, like your cell phone charger. These also keep wires from getting tangled for a double win.

    Get the tutorial at Inspired by Charm.

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    The holes in this stylish basket are the perfect solution for letting the cords of your concealed router and modem peep out without being noticed.

    Get the tutorial at Hydrangea Treehouse.

    How to organize your computer wires

    All the cables needed to hook up the entertainment system nearby are hidden in this tidy bookcase. A bundle is stuck behind the basket while the router blends in among the books.

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    Tuck your router and its cords away with this clever hack that uses a hardback book cover. Fear not—the book’s pages will remain intact if removed properly!

    Get the tutorial at Ana Maria Muñoz.

    How to organize your computer wires

    Instead of tossing them in the trash, use empty toilet tissue rolls to keep track of all your cords—a little decorative washi tape will keep the rolls in tact (and looking cute).

    How to organize your computer wires

    Hide your cords inside a cute wicker basket and place it under a desk or TV stand: Just bunch all the cords together with a velcro tie and string them through the basket handles in the back.

    Get the tutorial at Clean Mama.

    How to organize your computer wires

    To organize all the cords underneath your TV console neatly together, tie them together with zip cords, then use a wall-mount surge protector to plug in multiple electronics at a time.

    How to organize your computer wires

    All you need is a power strip, an old shoebox, and colorful wrapping paper to declutter and create this cute charging station for your family’s mobile devices.

    Get the tutorial at One Good Thing.

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    Turn your cords into a bold design statement with this DIY yarn trick! Just pick your favorite yarn colors and you’re on your way to hiding those extension cords beautifully.

    Get the tutorial at Design*Sponge.

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    Need to plug in a lamp, but the plug is halfway across the room? Use tiny adhesive hooks to attach lamp cords to the back of your furniture, and they’ll be hidden in plain view.

    Get the tutorial at Hi Sugarplum!

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    There’s no need to drill a hole in your wall to hide the TV cords. Just wrap the cords together with zip ties, then corral them in an off-white piece of cloth (or a color that matches your walls) and voila — it blends in perfectly!

    Get the tutorial at In My Own Style.

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    Discover simple desk organisation ideas that’ll give you a tidier workspace in no time. Keep your desk tidy to reduce stress and work better.

    Updated November 22, 2021

    How to organize your computer wires

    If you work or spend a lot of time at a desk, you’ll be well aware of the annoyance of having to navigate between odd bits of paper, stationary and plenty of tangled-up cables. It’s definitely not the most organsied way of working! A messy workspace can actually lead to increases in stress and anxiety, which is why keeping your desk tidy is so important. To help you clear yours, here are some easy and effective tips for how to organise your desk.

    Using a cable tidy box is a great way not only to organise all of the wires cluttering your desk area, but also to stop others tripping over them.

    Empty Out Your Desk

    The first step to a tidier desk is to get rid of everything. If you have heavy or fragile equipment, such as computer monitors, you don’t have to worry about them unless the tangled cables are part of your problem. But everything else, from loose paper to large files, should be taken from the desk and placed on the floor, ready to be organised. Here’s how to get going:

    Remove everything you need to from your desk, starting with the bigger items, and leaving the little fiddly bits until last, placing them somewhere safe so you don’t lose them.

    Create categorised piles, for example one for work documents, one for stationary, and one for rubbish.

    Be thorough with what you place in the rubbish pile, throwing away anything you no longer need or documents that are out of date. Remember to recycle anything you can!

    Use a damp cloth and a cleaning product, such as Jif Cream Cleaner, which is great for removing marks and stains, and wipe down the surface of your desk. Always remember to read the safety precautions on any cleaning product and test a small area first.

    Start putting back everything that already has a definite place, as well as the larger items, finding them a new place if they didn’t have one already.

    Invest in a Desk Organiser

    After putting back all the large items, you should be left with the smaller bits from your desk that don’t have a home. These are usually the things that really make a mess on your desk, so it’s important you find new spaces to keep them. Here are some helpful desk organisation ideas to follow:

    Buy a desk organiser or desk tidy, finding something suitable for your needs. They usually have spaces for separating stationary, as well as little areas for sticky notes and notepads.

    If you’re wondering how to organise your desk when there just isn’t enough room, you should consider buying extra storage, such as a set of drawers to slide under or next to it.

    Find a Cable Tidy Box

    The final of the desk organisation ideas we’ve got for you is to install a cable tidy box if you’ve got a lot of electrical equipment. These can ensure your cables don’t get tangled, aren’t bent at odd angles, and are hidden from view, creating a much neater space.

    Once your desk is clean and tidy, you should feel much better about working at it! Remember, a de-cluttered desk leads to a much clearer mind.

    Declutter your space, getting rid of all of the items you don’t really need.

    Create categories for the remaining items, so you can group them together for better storage.

    Use a cable tidy box to keep all of your wires together and create a neater space.

    I’m migrating my current half-size rack to a full-size rack and want to take the opportunity to reorganize and sort our spaghetti-hell of ethernet cables.

    What system do you use for organising your cables? Do you use any tracking software?

    Do you physically label the cables?

    What are you identifying when you label each end? Mac address? Port number? Asset number?

    What do you use to label them?

    I was looking at a hand held labeler, but the wrap around laser printer sheets might work. The Brady ID PAL seems good, but it’s pricey.

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    Here’s what I do

    Label each cable
    I have a brother P-Touch labeler that I use. Each cable gets a label on both ends. This is because if I unplug something from a switch, I want to know where to plug it back into, and vice versa on the server end.

    There are two methods that you can use to label your cables with a generic labeler. You can run the label along the cable, so that it can be read easily, or you can wrap it around the cable so that it meets itself and looks like a tag. The former is easier to read, the latter is either harder to read or uses twice as much label since you type the word twice to make sure it’s read. Long labels on mine get the “along the cable” treatment, and shorter ones get the tag.

    You can also buy a specific cable labeler which provides plastic sleeves. I’ve never used it, so I can’t offer any advice.

    Color code your cables
    I run each machine with bonded network cards. This means that I’m using both NICs in each server, and they go to different switches. I have a red switch and a blue switch. All of the eth0’s go to red switch using red cables (and the cables are run to the right, and all eth1’s go to the blue switch using blue cables (and the cables are run to the left). My network uplink cables are an off color, like yellow, so that they stand out.

    In addition, my racks have redundant power. I’ve got a vertical PDU on each side. The power cables plugged into the right side all have a ring of electrical tape matching the color of the side, again, red for right, blue for left. This makes sure that I don’t overload the circuit accidentally if things go to hell in a hurry.

    Buy your cables This may ruffle some feathers. Some people say you should cut cables exactly to length so that there is no excess. I say “I’m not perfect, and some of my crimp jobs may not last as long as molded ends”, and I don’t want to find out at 3 in the morning some day in the future. So I buy in bulk. When I’m first planning a rack build, I determine where, in relation to the switches, my equipment will be. Then I buy cables in groups based on that distance.

    When the time comes for cable management, I work with bundles of cable, grouping them by physical proximity (which also groups them by length, since I planned this out beforehand). I use velcro zip ties to bind the cables together, and also to make larger groups out of smaller bundles. Don’t use plastic zip ties on anything that you could see yourself replacing. Even if they re-open, the plastic will eventually wear down and not latch any more.

    Keep power cables as far from ethernet cables as possible Power cables, especially clumps of power cables, cause ElectroMagnetic Interference (EMI aka radio frequency interference (or RFI)) on any surrounding cables, including CAT-* cables (unless they’re shielded, but if you’re using STP cables in your rack, you’re probably doing it wrong). Run your power cables away from the CAT5/6. And if you must bring them close, try to do it at right angles.

    Our homes have never worked harder for us than they are right now. A home is our office, school, gym, sanctuary, and safe retreat from the world. That means it’s more important than ever to have organization systems in place to keep key parts of your home humming along.

    Read on for some tips to help keep you better organized.

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    Discover an easier way to organize and manage your finances

    Managing personal finances can be an unwelcome task for some people, but having the right tools can help make it easier. Join the millions of people who use Microsoft Excel to track their budgets, help simplify the task of managing finances, and to help stay on track with longer-term financial goals.

    There are free templates you can use if you just want a simple tracking template or want to track your family’s monthly expenses. Just add your income and spending information and let the spreadsheets do the rest of the math for you.

    Save time, organize and protect your computer files

    Get the peace of mind that comes from knowing your computer files and photos are backed up and accessible to you wherever you go and whenever you need them. With OneDrive, your files sync between your computer and the cloud, so if you make changes on your computer, those changes are reflected in the file in the cloud—and vice versa.

    You can work directly with your synced files anytime and can access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you go online next, any changes you made while offline will sync automatically.

    Any file, anywhere, always protected

    Automatically sync files and folders between your computer and the cloud to back up and protect your files and access them on any device you choose.

    Organize and collect your thoughts while online

    We all do it: While researching something online, we lose track of the key information we found. Now there’s a fun and visual way to track your ideas on the web by using Collections in Microsoft Edge. Collections allow you to easily identify your saved webpages by displaying the name, a quick summary, and a picture so you can find what you’re looking for at a glance.

    Create collections to help you accomplish your goals. Want to eat better? Create a collection of recipes to try. Want to work out more? Create a collection of your favorite workout videos so you can easily find the video you want to watch each day. Looking to learn something new? Create a collection with videos and how-to pages to get you started. Plan to start travelling more? Create a collection of your future destinations.

    You can also easily add Pinterest inspiration to your existing collection or export your entire collection to a new board on Pinterest. Whatever to-do list you have, you can capture it in a visually delightful way using Collections in Microsoft Edge.

    Keep track of your ideas on the web

    Researching, planning a trip, shopping—whatever you’re doing on the web, Collections can help.

    Whether you’re looking to track and understand your spending better, to help protect your important files, or to keep track of your ideas on the web, Microsoft has tools to help you take control and take charge.