Overall, technology makes our every day lives easier. Unfortunately, each device comes with a cable. As our accumulation of devices grows, so does our accumulation of chords. It can be difficult to distinguish between each cable as many of them are designed similarly. Here are six innovative ways to distinguish between your cables.
1. Use a Pegboard
Pegboards are designed to keep objects organized and separated. While they are traditionally used for tools, pegboards are an innovative way to help distinguish between chords. Staples and zip-ties can be used to secure the cables to the pegboard itself. This simple design makes it easy to separate important cables and makes charging devices a breeze.
2. Use Recycled Cardboard Tubing
When cables are not in use, they are often stored in a giant pile in a drawer or cabinet. Despite being placed in separately, cables always find a way to get tangled and intertwined. This makes it increasingly difficult to separate each cable when we find a use for them. In an attempt to avoid this conglomeration of cables, recycled toilet paper tubes can be useful. Instead of throwing cables into a disorganized pile, each separate chord can be folded into these cardboard tubes. This will keep pesky chords from intermingling with one another.
3. Label Plugs According to Device
With a plethora of cables, it is nearly impossible to determine the devices to which each plug belongs. When rearranging cables in a power strip, it is important to know which devices are connected to the plugs. This process is difficult as the devices cannot usually be seen beneath desks or tables. In order to eliminate the guessing game, ID labels can be purchased to designate each plug with a particular device. Lifehacker.com recommends these labels over masking tape or marker.
4. Associate with Colors
Color is a great method for distinguishing between cables. When you don’t want to spend extra money on professional labels, other common household items can do the trick. Consider all of the cables you have and organize them into groups or similarities. These relationships can be based on frequency of use, similar devices or proximity of space. Once each group has been determined, you must then assign a color to each group. Marker or colorful tape can then be used to signify each separate group. This way, you can identify the cable’s association with a quick glance.
5. Use Binder Clips to Hold Cables
Another frustrating reality of cables is their proclivity to fall into the small crevices behind desks and tables. When they are not plugged in, cables often lack the grip or weight to remain on the table. Instead, they are forced back by the weight of the rest of the cable. Binder clips can be used to attach the end of cables to the edge of any desk. The end of the cable should be looped through one bracket of the binder clip. The clip can then be attached to the end of the table.
6. Use Dividers
Tangling is the most common result from having too many chords in one space. However, with limited space behind most desks, it can be difficult to keep these cables separated. In order to prevent close cables from tangling, clever dividers can be used to separate them. The One Crazy House website recommends using ribbon twist ties or old wine corks. Each can be wrapped around an individual chord to keep it from getting wrapped around another.