It seems like every gadget we use to make our lives easier–from coffee makers to home computers–comes with cords attached. The web of electrical cords can easily get out of hand (we’ve all dug through a box of that tangled mess hunting for just the right cord, to no avail). If you want to do some serious clutter control, it’s time to get creative when it comes to hiding electrical cords. While there are tried and true methods involving duct tape or office organizers, there are plenty of unique DIY options that will have you clutter-free in no time.
The first thing you need to do is kneel down by that surge protector, figure out what exactly each cord connects to, and label it. You can use good-old-fashioned masking tape and a marker to get the job done, or buy a pack of identification labels. It will save you a lot of time and energy the next time something goes wrong with your office equipment. You can also attach Command hooks to the back of your desk and down the leg to keep cords out of sight and in place.
If you’re storing any kitchen appliances that you don’t use on a regular basis, save yourself from having to untangle an unmanageable mess by securing the cord to each device with a velcro picture hanger. Just tightly wrap the cord around the appliance, secure and store! The space taken up by any trailing cords on appliances that you leave on your counter, like a toaster, can be minimized by folding the cord in on itself and securing it with a twist-tie from the grocery store.
To disguise the myriad of phone and tablet chargers in your living room, build your own charging station! It’s easy to do: Find a vintage suitcase or decorative box and drill a hole or two in the back to accommodate the cord attached to a power strip. Place the power strip inside, fill it up with the devices that need a little juice and you’re ready to get charging! You can even line it with decorative paper or fabric to give your DIY charging station a bit more pizzazz.
If the tangle of cords stored in your closet needs a bit of organizational help, hang a shoe organizer on the inside of the door and keep each cord in a separate compartment. It’s an easy way to do some clutter control, and you’ll be able to find the electrical cords you need much more quickly the next time they’re needed!