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12 ways to organize cable chaos on small desks or in dorm rooms

With all of the different pieces of tech that university students typically use these days, it can be easy to let cords and cables infest your desk and dorm room. Not only does this make your working environment look like a mess, it also takes up a lot of your space and can make it harder for you to study and finish assignments. Fear not, though, as there are tons of different useful cable management products available on the market that can help you keep your wires tidy and organized.

If we had to choose

Choosing a good cable management product is going to be important if you're a university student that uses a lot of tech gear, as they will often be the difference between a messy, tangled dorm room and a neat, tidy, and functional one. The best part about cable management items, though, is the fact that they're not very expensive; not a single option on this list costs more than $43, and the majority of them cost $20 or less.

All of the different products we listed are fantastic, but in the end, we would choose the Scandinavian Hub Under Desk Tray 2-Pack (opens in new tab) as the open space and sturdy metal rods of the baskets gives you an incredible amount of flexibility to create your own set up with your wires.

If you're looking for a floor solution, the SimpleCord Floor Cord Protector (opens in new tab) will be perfect for you due to its dual ability to protect your cables as well as keep them tightly together.

Folks that want a box solution should opt for the NTONPOWER Cable Box (opens in new tab), as the multiple-opening design makes it a very versatile choice that can house cords going out in all different directions.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.