Cable & Cord Storage Ideas & Organization Tips

Today's mission is to declutter cables and cords around your home, and then to organize the rest of these cords and wires you've got left.


To help you with the decluttering I've got a couple quick tips, and then the majority of this article is all about cord storage and cable organizer ideas you can use so you don't have a big tangle of unknown and unlabeled cords.

How To Get Rid Of Cable & Cord Clutter

How to get rid of cable and cord clutter from your home, plus ideas for organizing cords and cables you keep {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Obviously, the idea is not to declutter all the wires, cords and cables you've got that go with various electronics, but instead just to get rid of the ones you no longer need.

In addition, most of us have some type of cord that we have no clue, at this point, what it goes to. And sometimes we hold onto the cords when the equipment it went with is long gone from our house.

As part of this mission try to figure out what cord goes with what, including polling family members to see if they know, if you don't.

Then, get rid of those that don't work, or don't connect to anything you still own. If this makes you nervous at least set all of these cords to the side, labeled in a bag or other container, with the date, so that six months from now if you still haven't needed them or figured out what they go to you can part with them then.

Top image courtesy of Cord Cocoon Cord Organizer, via Amazon

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Label Your Cords & Wires So You Never Wonder What They're For Anymore

Bar soap uses for cleaning, stain removal and more {on Stain Removal 101}Dotz Cord Identifiers
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The next step in this mission, after you get rid of the cables and cords you no longer need, is to make it easier for you, in the future, to find the one you want when you need it.

How to labels cords, wires and cables you've got for various electronics in your home, so you can identify them more easily when you need them {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest
The easiest way to do this is to label them, so that when you run across a cable and don't know what it's for, you can just look at the label.

One possible way to label these cords is to purchase cord identifiers, such as the Dotz cord identifiers shown above and to the left.

These labels clip onto the cords or wires, and have both preprinted and blank sides that you can fill out yourself to label the cords so you don't get confused about which cable is which.

You can also make your own cord labels.

One of the easiest methods for making DIY cord labels is to use plastic bread clips, and add the words of the tag onto the clip with a Sharpie.

Further, you can also use simple sticker labels to label the cords, such as the ones shown below.

The key is to label these cords and wires right away, once you get a new one, from now on, so that you avoid confusion from now on.


Sticker labels for cords, to help you identify what all those wires and cables are around your home {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}Mr. Label Self-Adhesive Cable Labels
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Tie Or Wrap Cords & Cables To Keep Them Separate

Use gear ties or cable wraps to tie cords and wires together for storage or while in use so not too much length of cord is used at once {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}Nite Ize Reusable Gear Ties
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If you're tired of all of your cords and cables getting jumbled together, and also getting tangled amongst themselves, tying or wrapping them can fix the problem.

You can use something like rubber bands if you prefer, but something inexpensive yet reusable will make the process easier, especially for cables that you use frequently.

There are many types available, including both rubber twist ties, such as those shown above, plus velcro (and therefore adjustable) wraps, such as those shown below.

Reusable velcro cable wraps to organize cords and wires to keep them untangled {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}Velcro One-Wrap Cable Ties
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Cord Cocoon Cord Organizer To Adjust Length Of Thin Cables

Keep cables and wires organized with the Cord Cocoon cord organizer to keep them from being tangled in a drawer, and to adjust the amount of cord used for various devices {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}Cord Cocoon Cord Organizer
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If you want to both control the length of cable or cord being used for a device, at the same time that you keep the cords from getting tangled in a drawer or similar storage space, you might want to consider a product that keeps the wires completely contained, such as the Cord Cocoon.

This product works well for thinner cords, but because of its design it doesn't fit the thicker cords as well, so keep that in mind before you purchase it.

However, organizers such as this one, which spool out a small amount of cord as needed can be helpful not only for keeping everything from getting tangled when not in use, but also from having wires get hung up or hanging while the cord is in use.

How to organize a drawer full of cords and cables using a cord organizer, such as the Cord Cocoon {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Alternatives to this type of organizer include any type of way of wrapping a length of the cord to keep it shorter and untangled, such as this cord wrap organizer.

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