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Someday soon(ish), virtually all of your electronics will transfer data and maybe even charge wirelessly, but in the meantime, we’re stuck managing cords and cables. You’ll find about as many cable management solutions as there are stars in the sky, but I’ve never posted my favourite simple cord-wrapping and shortening technique. So here goes.
Reader Charles Kim has tried every cord-wrapping technique under the sun, but ultimately found that a vinyl badge clip to be the best tool for keeping his headphones tangle-free and on-hand when he needs them.
At your work station you can use a wire basket under your desk to stash cables or other containment strategies. What about for cables you take with you for laptops and portable devices?
A single cable has never been all that big of a problem in the clutter department. It’s when you start adding cable after cable that things get ugly.
The plastic card cable organiser manages cords under or behind your desk and keeps cords—like your iPod charging cord—from falling off your desk when unplugged. The idea behind the card cable organizer is exactly the same as previously mentioned Keep-a-Cable, but this DIY version transforms your unused club cards into cable holders with a hole punch and some scissors. Clever. Card Cable Organizer [Creatrope via Unclutterer]
If you hate cord clutter but don’t have the DIY chops to run wiring through your walls or your crown molding, FlatWire is a paper-thin wire you install directly on your wall and then paint over. Aftering you’ve installed and painted over the FlatWire, it’s supposed to be virtually invisible. The catch: It’s not cheap, at $US37 for 25 feet of speaker wire, for example, plus the price of connectors, which run about $25. But then sometimes decluttering your mess of wires comes at a price. If you don’t feel like unfurling your big money wad for the FlatWire, check out our top 10 ways to get cables under control on the cheap. FlatWire [via DIY Life]
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 organise 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 favourite ways to get cables under control.
The Cool Tools weblog features some neat-looking, refastenable cable ties for getting all those wires under your desk under control. The Millepede Cable Ties are basically reusable zip ties, and they sound strong! Cool Tools reader David Perry writes: The holding strength is amazing. I use them for all my wiring harness applications, but I’ve also connected multiple ties (the larger burly ones) to fasten down car-top luggage.
Car-top luggage! I’m partial to velcro cable ties myself, but I wouldn’t mind a package of these in my stocking. A set of 100 will set you back 25 bucks.Millepede Cable Ties [Cool Tools]