When we upgrade our devices it always comes with new cords too but we still forget to get rid of the old ones and make us stuck with them forever. And since we can’t let go of old devices and old cords, we have made a list of organizing tools you can use to keep our cords still more organized while still hanging onto them.
Plastic Containers to Organize Charging Cords
My favorite method to organize charging cords is to wrap each cord around your fingers and neatly place them in these amazing storage containers that I found at Dollar Tree! I use these containers everywhere in my house but they fit perfectly in this clear drawer organizer (that I also found at Dollar Tree) so they all stay perfectly organized! So for only $2-$4 you can transform the drawer that holds your charging cords! P.S. (Note: Please just go pick up the supplies at Dollar Tree. If you order online, you have to order in bulk, I just provide the link for reference). Source: practicalperfectionut.com
This is my most recent version of cord organization – and one I think that is definitely going to stay! I found the idea on Pinterest, and it didn’t take as long as you might think it would to put this together. I love how I can pop out what I need and the containers protect the cords and electronics and tote it around in my bag. At first glance this makes it seem like we have an excessive amount of cords. But when you add up what we have in our house and for work (including 3 laptops, 3 iPads, 4 iPhones, 3 Aipods, 2 headphones, 1 camera, 3 microphones, etc.) it makes sense because we have quite a bit for our family of 5! Pros :I loved that this created a “filing” system in my drawer, similar to file-folding (find more info on what that is here and on my IGTV videos!) This allowed me to see each and every cord at a glance. Another plus is that I could label these and get very specific. It truly is like a filing system now of cords and electronics! If you don’t have a drawer like mine, you could recreate this in a bin as well! And like cord tacos, the bead containers make them easy to grab what you need and take them with you. The added bonus, as I mentioned above, is that the cases add a layer of protection. These bead containers come in 8 different sizes, and I used the 2.4 and 3.3 sizes. Cons : The only ones that I could stand up to “file” in my drawer were the small ones. The cords that needed a larger container were too big for the depth of the drawer so they are stacked up. That being said, it’s still pretty accessible and easy to read the labels and find what I need. Larger chargers (like for the laptop) or battery packs are too big for these containers. Best for:Those with a lot of cords and chargers and want to have them labeled says Mika Perry.
When you get rid of the cables and cords you no longer need, is to make it easier for you, in the future, to find the one you want when you need it. The easiest way to do this is to label them, so that when you run across a cable and don’t know what it’s for, you can just look at the label. One possible way to label these cords is to purchase cord identifiers, such as the (referral link) Dotz cord identifiers shown above and to the left. These labels clip onto the cords or wires, and have both preprinted and blank sides that you can fill out yourself to label the cords so you don’t get confused about which cable is which. You can also make your own cord labels. One of the easiest methods for making DIY cord labels is to use plastic bread clips, and add the words of the tag onto the clip with a Sharpie. (That’s what a reader, Pat, does and she sent in a picture which you can see below.) Further, you can also use simple sticker labels to label the cords, such as the ones also shown below. The key is to label these cords and wires right away, once you get a new one, from now on, so that you avoid confusion from now on. Source home-storage-solutions-101.