Use Velcro Tape
There are plenty of cord organizers on the market, but Carrick Rowe, an interior designer in New York City, suggests using Velcro tape ($5 for a 15-foot roll, textol.com) to keep electronic cords in check. “I’ve screwed a small hook into the bottom of a desk and hung bundled wires up and out of the sight line,” she says. Another idea: Make your own cable binder from a stretchy trouser sock with the toe cut off.
To keep tabs on which cord belongs to which machine, attach adhesive file-folder labels with the names of the cords’ owners (lamp, TV, DVD, phone) near the plugs.