To the rescue: The Cord Control Kit from Get Organized ($16 for an eight-foot tube, getorg.com) contains a flexible plastic tube that's slit lengthwise and fits around approximately 10 cords and wires, effectively streamlining and camouflaging the bunch. (The tubing comes in black, white, red, or light gray, but black downplays dirt best.)
- The kit also comes in 6- or 12-foot tubing lengths. To determine the length needed for a desktop, measure from the outlet to the farthest component on the desk; for entertainment systems, measure from the outlet up to the top component.
- For easy identification, color-coded labels are provided to match the component end of each cord with its respective plug.