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6 easy ways to organize your snake pit of wires and cords

by respaced on April 2, 2012

Today’s topic is neither sexy nor glamorous (but you know that the rest of organizing is!), yet it is something that I think most of us struggle with in our homes: our tangled mess of wires and cords hanging behind our appliances. How best to organize them? Here is a round-up of some great ideas from around the web:

Wire snake cable organizer @ The Container Store for $9.99. This simple-to-use twisty band wraps your cords together behind your appliance, making them look nice and neat. Comes in black or white.

Plug Hub @ ThinkGeek for $24.99. The flat panel opens up to reveal a box, containing brackets for winding your cords up. Then you simply plug everything into a power strip underneath the box. Great for corralling cords behind a desk.

Cable Capture @ for $24.95. This is a rather unusual idea, but I like how it organizes the cords into a small space underneath a surface. Very unobtrusive.

The Zip Sleeve from retails for $19.95. It is an insulated sleeve that encases all of your cords together to make one big sausage cord. It comes in 6-foot lengths that can easily be shortened or lengthened.

The Cable Turtle @ is $4.95-$8.95, depending on the size you get. It comes in a variety of colors. You simply wrap your cords around a center point, then snap the rounded cover over the top of it. Doesn't get much easier than that.

I LOVE this picket fence idea designer Karl Zahn created ( It hides your cords behind an easy DIY fence cut-out. This item is not for sale anywhere, but it seems like something pretty simply you could whip up in an afternoon.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sondra Monroe Farmer May 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Mary Jo, this is JUST the page I’ve been looking for! I’ve ruined cords by running over them with my secretary chair, and have wished so many times for a way to make them stay against the wall. Rolling them up is such a neat idea. I have a hint, too. Our office buys toilet paper by the huge box, and the cores are very thick and solid. A great place to store an unused cord, and you can write what the cord is for on the core.


respaced May 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Love your idea! The best ideas are the ones that are easy, inexpensive and effective, and yours is all three!


Laurel Hart October 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I have a suitacase full of odd cords, most of them do not say what they are for. How do I find that out?


respaced October 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Hi Laurel, I encounter this situation EVERY time I work with someone who works in high-tech! Often, even those who work in high-tech can’t even remember what all of the cords are for. We can usually identify the ones that go to our current digital devices (phones, cameras, iPods). We usually end up discarding most of the rest with the understanding that if you don’t even know what it is for, how will you know when to use it? And if you have gone this long without using it, then you probably will not use it in the future. So my advice? Toss (or donate or recycle) most of them. Hope that helps.


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