Life Is So Much Easier With Labelled Plugs

Life Is So Much Easier With Labelled Plugs
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Some life hacks seem so obvious when you see them.

“Why didn’t I think of that?”

That’s precisely what I thought when I wandered into the Lifehacker kitchen today.

We have an array of kitchen appliances, but not enough wall sockets. We have a sandwich press, a hand blender, a coffee machine, a kettle, an egg boiling thing… the list goes on.

So quite often, if you want to use an appliance, there’s a lot of fiddling around trying to figure out when plug is attached to which appliance.

Now that problem has been solved.

Some smart bugger in the office (I’ve yet to find out who) has labelled all of the appliances AT THE PLUG section. It’s pure genius.

I’m already planning to do this at home. I have a silly amount of consoles plugged into my television and trying to figure out what’s what in that terrifying rat’s nest of cables is a constant struggle.

The solution has been right in front of me the whole time.


  • Sooo many times iv needed to unplug something at my desk to plug in something like an external HDD and so many times iv pulled the wrong plug…
    My Granddad is the other extreme, labels on EVERYTHING, even his flashdrives with the label ‘flash drive’

  • I’ve done this for years. Another situation in which labelled plugs come in handy is when the cords get separated from the things that use them. You know you’ve found the right cord when the random adapter/cord/whatever you pick up is labelled with the name of the thing for which you’re searching for a power cord.

  • Started doing this a while ago with the cables for my tech gear. Makes things much easier when I’m rooting around underneath a desk and the appliances aren’t within eyeline of the powerboard.

    The catalyst was discovering the plug from a laptop power brick is a perfect fit for the socket on a 4TB external hard drive. 🙁

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