It doesn’t require much to call an area a workspace — all you really need is a desk — but there’s plenty more you can do in any office to take full advantage of the space. The walls, your desk, and even your doors are more than they appear to be — they’re secret productivity tools. With a few small alterations, you can unlock their hidden potential.
Finding a place to store small appliances is an annoying task on its own, but it’s even worse when you have to find a way to wrap the cord as well. The blog A Thousand Words shows us that one of the easiest tricks is to just wrap the cord around the appliance and stick it to the side with a little Velcro.
We love a good cable management hack here on Lifehacker, and this idea from Reddit user castironfoodie is both simple and inexpensive: screw a few eyehooks into your desk to keep cables from becoming too much of a tangled mess.
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]