How To Organize Cords and Cables

Technology, and the convenience of using it to get your work done, or for your entertainment and pleasure, comes with strings...literally!! We're referring here, of course, to the multitude of wires and cables which connect your computers, televisions, phones, modems, servers, etc, etc. Whether at home or in the office, this mass of wires makes for not only an ugly-looking mess, but also gives you the headache of having to sort through all the wires to find the right ones if you need to move your gadgets or appliances to a different location. To avoid this tangled mess, follow the steps listed below which show you how to organize all your cords and cables into a neat system which is easy to use. They are not only simple, but you also don't have to spend too much money putting the system in place.

Step 1

Getting started. Disconnect all cables and cords from their electrical sockets or other power source. Separate the full mass of wires into single, individual cables.

Step 2

Buy a cable channeling system. Pick up a cable organizer kit from any home improvement, hardware or electrical store. Install the cable track as per instructions on the kit and the layout of the electrical design in your home. At one end of the track you will have the primary power source and at the other end, the receiving connection or device. Leave some open-ended space on both ends of the track to make any future adjustments, if necessary (2-3 feet on each side should suffice).

Step 3

Label the wires. Get a packet of stick-on labels and label both ends of each and every cable you've identified and separated in step one. Details on the label could mention the gadget or appliance name and the destination of each end of the cable. For example, the label could read as "TV cable, connected to TV" at one end and "TV cable, connected to main electrical socket".

Step 4

Channel the cables. Feed all the cables and cords, one at a time, through the cable channel, until all are placed with sufficient space and length. Use Velcro or zip ties to bunch and tie all cables for one particular device in one easily identifiable bundle. You can also make bundles of different classifications as per your requirements.

Step 5

Reconnect. Once all the cables and cords have been bundled and organized to your satisfaction, reconnect them to the various power and device points, so they're ready to be used.

When designing a new home or if you're carrying out a complete refurbishment of your old house, take into account the number of gadgets and appliances you will be using, where these will be placed and then accordingly, place the electrical and plug points. This will help in avoiding too many cables and cords floating around the house and creating a messy look. As far as possible it is better to conceal wiring safely, before fitting in your furniture and electrical or other equipment.


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