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Decluttering Your Life: Organizers for Gadgets and Cables

Start your year off by making life more organized. Studies, like one by psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter, have shown that clutter can cause unnecessary stress, and I’m sure we’d all appreciate having less of that in our lives. Eliminating the sight of unruly cables at home or in your office is one way you can start your crusade on becoming more organized.  Here’s how:

DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Organizers

Toilet Roll Cord Holder – One of the most inexpensive ways you can organize cords and cables is by gathering up toilet paper rolls, scissors, tape, and small pieces of wrapping paper. Just tape the decorative paper onto your toilet roll and presto! you get an attractive, cheap, and recycled solution to tangled cords.

Cardboard Roll Organizer – Take your toilet roll cord holder to the next level by placing several individual rolls in a shoe box to create a slot organizer. Store unused cables here so you always know where to look for that extra extension cord.

after you label the cords with bread tags, stick them in tp rolls so that they don't get tangled!:

Binder Clips Organizer – Simple materials around the office, like binder clips, can be used to separate cables at your desk or table. Give this creative idea a try sometime; all you need to do is clip a few binders on the edge of a table or desk and rest your cables and cords through them like this image shows. 

Charging Post – This DIY charging station charges up to four cell phones, iPods, MP3 players or other electronics, while providing an organizer for bills and other mail. See the needed materials and step-by-step instructions at Lowe’s Projects page.

Universal Charging Station

Bread Box Charging Station – For a charging station with which you can keep your devices out of sight, try converting a bread box by drilling a hole in the back for the power strip cord and use a divider with slits for the cords. See more details at

Effortless Organizers

Cordies Desktop Cable Managers – Cordies are compact organizers that keep cables on your table weighted down with no mess.

Cable Turtles – Designed to accommodate and conceal excess cord, the flexible rubber shell opens to load the cord and returns to its original shape to hold the cord in place. Choose between large and small sizes and pick your favorite colors from The Container Store.

Bedford Smart Technology Recharging Station – Like the DIY charging station from Lowe’s, this organizer has places for cords and mail, but it comes fully assembled and ready to use.

Bamboo Multi-Charging Station – With room for a laptop, tablet, and up to 3 devices, this sturdy stand holds and hides unsightly cords. It also comes with a magnetic base that flips open to reveal a hidden storage compartment for wires that otherwise clutter up your desk space. bamboo multi charging station center

It takes small steps to make important changes, and building organizational skills is no different. Straighten out your electric cords and cables for a start.

Let us know if you experience less stress when you don’t have to deal with any cable mess by leaving a comment below!

11 comments on “Decluttering Your Life: Organizers for Gadgets and Cables

  1. angellica
    February 7, 2013

    wow you guys made it look so easy!


    • Anonymous
      December 25, 2013

      excellent blog, cables and cords that are tangled together definitely become a headache! I found this article because I had the same problem, I came across this small company based here in the US trying to make their way into the market. I bought a couple from them and wish them the best but you may want to check them out…

      again, great article and thanks for sharing.


  2. neveralone
    February 7, 2013

    outstanding post! Wish i could do the same 🙂


    • stantalum
      February 26, 2013

      You can! All it takes are some simple materials. Hope you give it a try 🙂


  3. aubree
    February 9, 2013

    The binder clips are such a good idea, we even use that at work to handle all of the cords.


  4. Mahi
    February 11, 2013

    TV wires, cable wires, USB cords — these days we’ve got more electronics than we know what to do with. From chargers to laptops to printers to DVD players, we can’t seem to escape being wrapped up in wires. But that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the chaos organized.


    • stantalum
      February 26, 2013

      This would make a great introduction to our article. Thanks for reading!


  5. Sharon
    March 8, 2013

    I love life hacks! I use bread tabs to organize ‘back of the entertainment stand’ cords but I stole that off the Inter-nets! 🙂


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  7. Aleisha
    January 9, 2014

    I wanted to thank you for this fantastic read!! I absolutely enjoyed every bit of it.
    I have got you book marked to look at new stuff you post…


    January 15, 2014

    I will forward this document to my neighbor.
    I am pretty sure he’s going to have pleasure in viewing it.


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