Simple Ways to Declutter Cords

declutter power cordsIf you're anything like me, you probably have an unpleasant relationship with the cords in your life. Cords get twisted, tangled, and can make a well-designed apartment space look messy. So what can you do about the cords hanging under your desk or behind your TV?

Here are a few tips to tame your mess of cords:

1. Bundle cords with zip ties.

Zip ties can be very useful. They are perfect solution to neatly bundle your cords. Also consider beaded-ties as a reusable option.

2. Use your furniture to camouflage cords.

This works best if you run a cord behind or along the contours of a couch or chair, so they are completely hidden.

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3. Make use of your floor's baseboard.

Another fantastic option is running cords along the the baseboard of your floor. Baseboards are perfect to neatly place small cords or cables out of the way. All your need are a few cord tacks to mount the cord onto the baseboard. If your cords are a harsh color, consider wrapping them in flexible conduit that matches the color of your floor or baseboard. The cords will blend in and be less of an eyesore.

4. Store your cords.

You probably have a cord for your phone, laptop, and iPod, right? These items won't be plugged in all the time, so make sure they have a special place to call home. For instance, we have a specific drawer in our apartment for cords. When they aren't in use, we neatly wrap them up and throw them in their hiding place.

If that doesn't suit your fancy, look into a mobile charging station.

5. Use a decorative box.

Blogger Michele, purchased a few big decorative boxes to hide her cords. The project was simple and inexpensive.

She says, "I used a box cutter to cut the bottom out of the largest box. I paid special attention to cutting notches so that the cords would have room to extend outward, while leaving the box able to sit flush to the floor." And finally Michele set the box over the power strip and arranged the cords to fit in the notches.

And remember, don't burn down your little dwelling. Routers, external hard drives, or anything that gets warm to the touch should not be covered up.

6. Incorporate multi-use gadgets into your life.

For example, rather than keeping your TV, DVD player, and sound system, you can consolidate these items and use a laptop or iMac to meet your entertainment needs. This will cut down on the amount of stuff in your household and the number of cords you have to plug in or hide.


Tammy Strobel blogs at RowdyKittens about simple living and is the author of Simply Car-free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life.

The Ace of Space is a biweekly column that will provide you with the tips and tools to live lightly and creatively in a small space.

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