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How to Eliminate Cord Clutter

Those dozens of wires around your home―in your kitchen, by your computer, behind your TV―can be a tangled nuisance. Control cord clutter with the quick tricks and clever organizing products shown in this video.

What You Need:

multi-outlet adapter, flexible outlet adapter, cord organizer disc, color coded tape or labels, cable zipper

Try These Five Easy Techniques:

  1. 1Use 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.

  2. 2Solve 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.

  3. 3Hide 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.

  4. 4Use 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.

  5. 5Consolidate 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.