What You Need
- multi-outlet adapter, flexible outlet adapter, cord organizer disc, color coded tape or labels, cable zipper
Use a multiple-outlet adapter
Skip power strips in the kitchen; they squander precious counter space. Wrangle countertop appliance cords with a multiple-outlet adapter, which sits up on the wall and fits three plugs.
Tip: When charging two gadgets at the same time, plug them into the opposite ends of a multiple-outlet adapter. This will accommodate clunky transformer plugs without covering up additional sockets.
Solve bulky charger problems with a flexible outlet adapter
Cell phone and camera chargers often have bulky heads that take up extra room on a power strip. Plug them into a flexible outlet adapter, a power strip with multiple loose arms that can more easily hold oversized plugs.
Hide excess cordage in a cord organizer
A snarl of long cords sitting on the floor is unsightly (and, if you have a tug-happy toddler, it can be dangerous). Wrap excess cordage around the center of an organizer disc, a rubber spool that pops shut into a tidy little package.
Use color-coded cable IDs for easy identification
When using power strips, it’s easy to confuse which plug belongs to which appliance. A simple system: Use sturdy electrical tape in assorted colors or colored cable ID labels to tag the top and bottom of each cord with the same color.
Consolidate cords with a cable zipper
Streamline your work space with a cable zipper, a flexible plastic sleeve that's slit lengthwise so you can gather the wires running from your desk to the floor in it in one neat bundle.
Tip: To determine the length of tube 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.