Day 4 – Cable Cull & Organise

Let’s do a cable cull! I don’t know about you, but if there is one thing that makes me feel super anxious, it is cables. Feel like you own more electronic devices now than ever? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us are constantly plugged into our phones, tablets, TVs, computers, gaming consoles and other gadgets.

While technology can be great, one of its biggest downsides tends to mean that more electronics means more wires (a.k.a. eyesores to look at and more potential tripping hazards if you happen to be clumsy).

With a few simple steps, you can easily manage cable clutter and create a neat and orderly space at your home or in the office.

1. Untangle and Organise – The first step is to organise your cables and pair them with their corresponding devices. You may find you have cord orphans left behind after devices like VCRs (hello, ‘90s flashbacks!) and gaming consoles have been replaced or thrown out. Declutter any cables that aren’t in use. Chances are you won’t need them in the future, and keeping them only creates more clutter.

2. Bundle and Label Cables – When it comes to organising cords, twist ties, zip-ties and Velcro are going to be your best friends. Take the time to neatly coil, loop or bind slack cord with these tool. You can wrap masking tape around the coil of cord slack, leaving a folded over tab of tape to write the name of the cord on with a marker. Labelling may seem like overkill, but it will come in handy the next time you are on your hands and knees reaching behind a bookshelf to unplug a specific cord.

3. Use Baskets and Boxes – When placed near a desk or TV, storage boxes and wicker baskets can make for great places to store unsightly wires and certain electronics. Just bundle wires together and organise them neatly inside said box or basket. Boxes and baskets also makes for great spots to hide internet routers and store chargers when not in use.

4. Buy a Cord Cover or Cable Sleeve – Most home maintenance stores carry cord covers, which are inexpensive plastic coverings that hide wires. Cord covers are great for electronics like wall-mounted TVs, and they come in all different sizes and lengths. They do require a bit of installation, but the steps aren’t very complicated. Cable sleeves are another simple way to easily organise cords, and they can also be found at most home improvement stores.

5. Go Cordless – Want to deal with less cords overall? Invest in some cordless technology. Thanks to Bluetooth-enabled devices, like speakers, keyboards and printers, you can play music, write an email or print documents seamlessly through your smartphone, without needing to deal with a mass of wires. Next time you need to replace a device, consider a wireless option if one is available.

The easiest way to eliminate cable clutter is to keep it from building up in the first place. Whenever you’re setting up new computer equipment or moving into a new space, be sure to carefully bundle, label, clip, stow and plug cables in neatly from the get-go. It will make things much easier for you in the long run! Plus, a tidy, uncluttered space to live in can reduce stress and make your home more welcoming.