Being stuck in a mayhem of wires is normal. However being entangled in a humdrum of activities, project deadlines and lots of paperwork while tripping over the scattered cords and wires all of the place is quite stressful. Among the essentials of office management and housekeeping, aside from maintaining the areas nice and clean, is keeping everything organized and in place. Here are the following steps to tame the growing lengths to manageable lengths.
- Gather tools. Prepare your tools such as wire cutters and crimping tools. You might need WireMate which can hold cords as long as 20 feet, similar to a standard extension cord in a lightweight box. However for a single wire that always stands in your way, you can try out Cable Turtle. This piece of device can spool up with cords like a yo-yo.
- Unplug power. You might need to consider checking any appliances or equipment still connected to any electrical source. Properly turn off appliances and equipments before unplugging. To avoid electrocution, you can turn off the circuit breakers and rely on daylight clarity to work with. Do not work with your hands wet. Also inform your office mates or household members of your intention to cut off main power and organize the cords. The odds are they might call the power stations out of distress.
- Identify the wires. In the world of electricity and signal transmission, the cords are essential in delivering the much needed medium in order for the devices to function properly. You might need to consider some colored electrical tapes for identification. Identify each wire according to the appliance they are connected to. Stick the pieces of electrical tape to both ends of the cords. Label each tape with the name of the appliance they are plugged with. Controller cables, teleflex cables and boat steering cables must be named as they are. Use a permanent marker to write labels with.
- Removing the unnecessary clutter. Once you have identified the usable cords, you might have spotted some extra wires lying about. This entails the necessity of getting a box or two to store the wires for a long period of time. Roll up the wires before putting into the box from he PC. If possible, also stick labels onto those extra wires for future reference. It is not wise to dispose wires or cords as some might be used again or recycled as useful materials in some other way.
- Arrange, conceal and combine the working wires. This step should make the paths clear for a walk through the once-entangled areas. Be certain to put every cord in the closest bottom edge of the wall. You need to consider some artful ways to hide these slithering rubbers by rearranging your furniture, curtains and carpets. Each wire must not be trampled or seen either way. You can use Velcro straps to bundle together wires. Avoid pulling wires to stretch them out into great lengths to reach outlets. When bunching wires, use loops around the corners to achieve a fashionable look.
The benefit of having your place tangle-free and safer for walking dogs and humans, is peace of mind. Doing something out of your comfort zone is a challenge, but when it is all over, you will appreciate the comfort of a tangle-free sight.