With some many electronics, devices, and systems that require wires and electrical cords running across the house, your electrical cables are bound to turn into a ridiculous mess. Besides being a huge headache when it comes time to move something or add something, that mess of cords can be a fire hazard as well. This is irrespective of where the tangle of cords are–whether it is in the office, basement or garage. Organizing the cords is a great way to simplify your workspace and increase safety at home. From rerouting cords to covering wires and shortening cords, getting electrical cables safely in order doesn’t have to be a big job. Here are a few tips.
Part of the problem with electrical cords getting out of control is not knowing what goes where. A labelling system that identifies what cords go where is the best way to keep electrical cables under control. When you know exactly what cord corresponds to the device, you may be more likely to keep the cords in order. Labels can be anything from a colored sticker to masking tape and marker.
One of the best ways to simultaneously organize cords and improve the appearance of your space. Pipe insulation is an effective way to conceal all of your cables and it only takes a couple minutes of work. Take a piece of pipe insulation, cut it lengthwise, put the cords inside and pull the ends through the opening. This is simple, discreet, and effective at getting your cables in order.
Make a Cable Catcher
All of those cords that are protruding and snaking off your desk can be easily contained with a basket. This can be rigged to mount on the underside of your desk and catch the cords from electronics and devices on your desk. Since so many problems with electrical cables occur around desk workspaces, consider rigging a system to hold and organize your assortment of cords. This will reduce the likelihood of inadvertently unplugging something of vital importance when you just wanted to unplug your phone charger.
Wrap and Store Cords
When you are finished using cords or have a mess of cords laying around unplugged, consider wrapping and storing them. This is a simple solution that only requires a few minutes of work. You can use twist ties or paper towel tubes to organize and store the cords you don’t use. The best part of this is that when you need them, they come out tangle free and ready to plug in.