February 21, 2015

Conquer Your Cluttered Cords!

Cords gone wild!!!!

Is this what your current cord/cable storage looks like? Yeah, mine was like that too, but there is hope! If I haven't scared you off yet, then it means you're interested in wrangling up your many cords hiding around the house! 

I don't know about you, but I've always had problems with having too many extra cords and cables laying around, and I have no clue what they are for or what object they belong to...well no longer! I have mastered my cords and have them in one handy place telling me exactly what they are.

You'll love what I did with the cords after the jump!

Do you have to go the extreme that I did and color coordinate everything? Certainly not, but what fun is organizing if it can't look beautiful too?

Where does one start "conquering their cords?" you might ask, well you've come to the right place with that question and I will tell you exactly what you need to do! Best way to do that? Why in step-by-step format of course!

1. Wrangle all of your hiding cords, bundle each one up using a rubber band...or, if you want something fancier, I like to use those black velcro cord ties that every stationery store has. I used to buy mine at Staples and it was something like $5 for 10, but recently found a giant bundle of 50 for $10 at Canadian TireActually...I ended up with a 100 pack (50 grey and 50 black) because that's all they had in store...came to under $15. I digress.
    • Get rid of any duplicate cords unless you know that you need them. I ended up having 5 wall chargers with the mini USB ending...
2. Find a box that is going to house all of your newly wrangled/bundled cords.

3. Place your cords in the box and arrange them in whatever manner works best for you.

4. Measure and cut out cardboard (or any other suitable rigid material...plexi glass works well too) to act as dividers in your box. Cut out notches so they fit together.

5. (Optional) Cover your cardboard dividers with contact paper (or wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, etc.) to beautify them...you get bonus points if the design coordinates with the box ;)

6. Assemble your dividers in the box and print out your labels.

7. Affix your labels and voila! Sexy cord storage. Bet you didn't think that was possible!

I'm so lame because after I finished this little project, I kept opening and closing the lid to take a peek at the beautiful organized fashion that were the cords. Is it wrong that it still brings a smile to my face months later?

Happy cord wrangling!