Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tame Tangled Computer Cords

A great way to tame the wild mess of cords that lurk behind/under your computer desk is to "divide and conquer"! You know the white or yellow rip ties that come with garbage or lawn bags? Well, these ties are a useful tool in "home tech organization".
First, get down on floor level with your dust cloth, rip ties and a fine point permanent marker. Next, untangle the cords and dust them off. Finally, double or triple the cord up neatly, leaving some room to give. Bind each individual cord bundle with a rip tie. Label each tie with your marker such as: printer, modem, speakers, lamp. If you have a label printer, you could just stick your ready-made labels to the rip ties.
When you have a problem or a connection seems like it might be loose, you can easily see which cord goes to each item. This cuts down on frustration level and time, not to mention ease of cleaning! P.S. I use rip ties to organize strands of Christmas lights for storage, too.

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1 comment:

  1. I need to do this to our cables again, I swear they reproduce back there when I'm not looking *L*