Between your TV, DVD player, satellite decoder, computer, printer, monitor, modem, telephone and all the other gadgets you have around the house, you’re likely to have a huge mess of wires stashed away behind various desks, counters and cabinets.

 

This isn’t only untidy, it’s also a problem waiting to happen. If your cords are all intertwined, you won’t know which ones go where – so you’re likely to pull out the wrong one when you shift things around. A smart place to start is by labelling the cables, with a tidy sticker at the far end of each one identifying what it’s connected to. Now, when you want to unplug your DVD player, for example, you’ll be able to tell which cable you’re working with, without having to track it all the way from the socket in the back of the actual machine.

 

With your cords neatly labelled, all that’s left is to put them together and hide them away. Here are three simple solutions to that particular problem:

 

WRAP THEM IN A CORD COIL

The simplest way to tidy those wires up is to gather them together and wrap them in a coiled plastic tube (available at most RCS shopping network computer stores). This will take you from a spaghetti mess of loose cords, to a single sausage.

 

STRAP THEM TOGETHER

A cord strap lets you tie the cords together in a neat pack. The smarter options have a built-in release, which lets you adjust (and reuse!) the straps.

 

PUT THEM IN A BOX

Once you’ve gathered those cords together, link them up to a power bank and stash that power bank in a tidy shoe box. This will keep the dust at bay, while also keeping your cables safely organised and neatly gathered together.

 

MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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