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Cable Management and Organization

Two little stories for you today. First, my friend Brittney likes to borrow things from me. It’s ok, she pays me back in babysitting, and always takes good care of my items. The thing she borrows from me the most is our old Wii VGA cable. We use an HDMI cable to connect our Wii to the TV, and so do they. Whenever she has company over, they like to hook the Wii up to a projector and project the games on the wall. The last time she asked to borrow the cable, it was a bit late, my son was already in bed (and the room with the box of cables is right next door to his. The box was facing the wall, the cables are a complete mess, and it’s really a pain to get to this cable. I ended up finding it, and telling her to keep it until I ever need it again (which is likely never).

Second story, my husband hates the nest of cables near my laptop. I have a USB hub where most of my hardware is plugged into, but there are several USB or power cables that I need to have ready to plug different pieces of hardware into. These include my Zune, my headset power cord, and my mouse power cord. I want to have these connections close, and ready, but I don’t want a bunch of cables just hanging around near my laptop.

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I now have incredibly easy solutions to BOTH problems!

First solution involved the aforementioned box o’ cables and all of my empty paper towel rolls. I started saving up my paper towel rolls and placing one rolled up cable in each roll. Then you take the rolls and put them into the box so it ends up looking like a honeycomb of cables. Each cable is then separated, easy to find, and doesn’t get tangled up. I think I may have to find some rolls to put my Christmas Lights in!

The second solution is to use binder clips! Simply clip the binder clip onto the desk and then thread the cable through the metal part of the clip. It keeps the cord organized, and ready for any device to plugged in.

So get your cords organized and looking great today!

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