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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.

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
  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.