Tips On How To Organize Cables, Wires and All Things Electronics
We love our electronics, but do they ever come with some complications. You could dedicate hours to programming multiple remotes, hiding or untangling a “snake nest” of cords, and just organizing or storing the devices in a way that doesn’t drive you crazy!
With that in mind, we scoured the web and came up with some practical and sometimes creative solutions for organizing your electronics.
Surge protectors and power strips: You’ve most likely been using these since living in a college dorm, but it doesn’t make them any less vital. They keep your plugs relatively organized and they protect your gadgets from surges of electricity caused by storms or power outages.
Cord Maintenance: Avoid the constant tangling/untangling mess of your cords by placing labels on the end of your cords in the surge protector. For creative labels that stand out, try the plastic tabs that come on bread bags. Check out the main photo above to see how this looks.
You can also find creative ways to keep cords out of sight and keep up the aesthetic of the room. Here’s one creative way to do it:
Organize Portable Devices and Their Chargers: You’ve got your phone, MP3 player, digital camera etc. Figuring out which device connects with which charger can get overwhelming. Establish one or two spots for all devices. You can purchase charging stations on Amazon and similar spots, or you can get creative and make one of your own. Just look at the breadbox charging station we found on Pinterest:
Proper Disposal: Discarding of your electronics in a proper manner is important. Just throwing them out can have environmental consequences. The first place you should look is Earth911.com, they will help you find the nearest electronics recycling center.
Donation: If your devices are still in working condition, considering donating them. The first charity that comes to mind is the Cell Phones for Soldiers program www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/. Hard to argue with that cause. Also, battered women’s shelters accept cell phone donations. Just be sure to donate the charger too if you have it.
So there you go. Electronics are fun but they can be high maintenance. If you have any tips or tricks you’ve found along the way, feel free to share!