Getting a new desk, computer monitor, TV or other device is exciting, but dealing with the power cords, charging cables and other wires that come with those devices is a different story.
While it's impossible to do away with every cable or cord needed to run all your tech, there are a lot of ways to manage your cables more efficiently, which can help you eliminate the stress of a disorganized space. Here are five useful tips to help combat cable chaos.
1. Move closer to outlets
Power outlets can sometimes be in inconvenient spots, but if you can, moving closer to wall outlets will prevent power cables from needing to stretch across the room. This small change can help minimize clutter and prevent tripping over cables.
2. Go wireless
Almost any time you can go wireless, you will feel a bit of relief from your cable madness.
Wireless Bluetooth headphones and speakers are prime examples of gadgets that can reduce cable fatigue. Yes, I know, they both have charging cables, and I'll get to that in a second, but the freedom and mobility such devices offer are outstanding, are they genuinely make spaces cleaner.
While those are typical examples of going wireless, less common but super helpful is wireless HDMI.
It's not the cheapest solution (costs about $200) or even the most practical for everybody, but if you have multiple TVs and dislike having to get an HDMI cord (or several) for each TV, you can always pick up a product like the IOGear Wireless HD Digital Kit. Rated as The Wirecutter's best wireless HDMI transmitter, it's easy to see just how useful the IOGear can be.
"The IOGear transmitter base unit has two HDMI inputs and an HDMI output. This means you can have a TV, transmitter, and sources (Blu-ray, cable/satellite box, etc.) wired up in one room while wirelessly sending the same signal to another TV elsewhere in the house."
3. Store small cables and adapters
Charging cables, dongles, and small power adapters add up over time, and I often find they represent about 90 percent of my clutter — especially at my desk. Having a place to store said small items is crucial to getting your cable chaos under control, so you should invest in a cable organizer.
The BAGSMART travel organizer is the perfect way to store cables and adapters you're not using. I know, it's meant for travel, but there is no reason you couldn't store it in a drawer or on a shelf by your desk.
With one zipper pouch — big enough to hold a large mobile phone — BAGSMART also includes some stretchy straps, which are ideal for holding in oddly shaped or bulkier items.
Plus, if you ever do want to travel with it, the outside of the case is padded and has a slight rigidness to prevent your items on the inside from being damaged by scrapes and minor falls. You can pick up the BAGSMART travel organizer for about $20.
4. Keep essential cords neatly arranged
You probably charge items like your phone and your tablet every day, which means you're going to want access to their cords often and with ease.
An item like the YOCOU 5-Channel Cable Management System can tidy up your workspace and keep your most important cables readily available.
The small grooves hold in pace almost any wire or cord that's a quarter of an inch or less in diameter, and the device has an adhesive back that sticks to any flat surface so you can mount it wherever works best for you. Plus, this 10-pack only cost about $7, making this a very wallet-friendly solution.
5. Tie together excess cords
Some cords and cables are comically long, leaving you to deal with several feet of cord that inevitably end up in a tangled mess behind your TV, computer or desk. If you're going to have an excess amount of cord hanging around, why not make it look neat?
Wrapping your excess cord together with a velcro strap is an excellent way to eliminate clutter. It's especially useful for cords and cables that you don't need to move often, such as the HDMI cable that connects your gaming console and TV or the power cord for your computer speakers. If you don't regularly need to move the position of the item you're plugging in, strap that sucker down!
How do you keep cables organized?
Have any other tips for keeping your cords and cables tidy? Let us know in the comments.
Updated February 21, 2018: These five tips are still very useful for anyone looking to wrangle their cords and cables!
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