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able management is a challenge for most homeowners. The cords, wires, and cables that you need to manage can be frustrating, especially when they're all tangled together.
You might not be able to control the amount of cords you have in your home, but there are some simple DIY tips you can use to keep them organized and out of sight. Here's how:
Ensure the Cords are Straight
To ensure your cords are straight, you have a few options:
- First, you can use a cable management tool to pull them into place. A cable management system will also help keep your cords organized by wrapping them up and securing them with plastic or metal clips. You can purchase either of these at most hardware stores for around $10-$20 each.
- If you prefer something that doesn't require tools to set up, consider using a cable management box or sleeve instead; these are typically made from hard plastic and come in various sizes depending on the number of cables you want managed. To use one of these products effectively (and safely), simply place the cord inside and wrap it around until only about four inches remain outside; this will prevent any accidental tripping hazards!
- Finally—if none of those options sound appealing—you may opt instead for a simple nylon bag designed specifically with this purpose in mind: simply insert your cord through one end before sealing with an adjustable strap at the other end!
Hide the Cords Behind Your Furniture
If you have a cord, hide it.
If you have a computer desk or any other piece of furniture that doesn't move around much (or at all), then you can use this space to hide your cords. Just move the furniture and put the cables behind it—no one will ever know they're there. If you have a lot of wires going to different places, try sticking each group under one leg of the furniture so they don't tangle together.
Gather Up Your Cords
Now that you have the cords gathered up, there are a few different ways to keep them together. If you don't want to use tape or make holes in the wall, you can use a cable tie to bundle up all of your cords into one neat loop. Just slip the connector over one end of the group and pull it through until it's tight against itself—you'll be left with one large loop containing all of your cables! Another option is using binder clips—just clip them onto each end of your bundled-up cords, and voila! You've got an instant organization method that doesn't involve any tools or holes in your walls.
Finally, Velcro straps work very well for keeping cables together without damaging anything else in your home. The only downside is that they're not quite as strong as cable ties; however, this drawback can sometimes help because if someone bumps into them on accident (or tries unplugging something), then these straps won't break off like other methods might due simply from being bumped around too much.
Use a Cable Tidy
A cable tidy is a tool that holds all your loose cables together. It can be used to organize earbuds, chargers, headphones ... pretty much any cord that you don't want getting tangled or lost.
To use one:
- Connect all the cables you'd like to keep organized with the cable ties provided in the kit. Tie them tightly enough so they don't come loose but not so tight that they damage the cords themselves.
- Place your desired number of connectors on each end of your bundle and wrap it up in an orderly fashion (it's okay if some aren't visible). You can also use these connectors to group multiple bundles together if you have more than one set of cords or devices—just thread them through one side and back out again! This makes for easy removal when needed; just pull down on both ends simultaneously and everything will come apart easily without damaging anything inside those ties or damaging any outside surfaces either!
Place Binders on Top of the TV
If your TV is mounted on the wall, you can use binder clips to hold cords in place. The beauty of this method is that it's cheap and easy to do. The clips are also disposable, so if you're renting or moving out soon, they won't be a burden for anyone else who uses your apartment/house afterward. This approach works best with lightweight cords such as power strips or HDMI cables because they're not as heavy as heavier wires like Cat5e Ethernet cable (which requires more support from the wall).
The DIY Vertical Cord Organizer
The DIY Vertical Cord Organizer
- First, you will need to measure and cut the pieces of your vertical cord organizer. You can use this template or create your own with a ruler and pencil.
- Then, hot glue or nail each piece in place so it stays secure. If you want, you can also use wood glue for extra security.
- Finally, install your vertical cord organizer on a wall where you want to store your electronics cords (or in an electrical outlet cover).
Build a Hiding Spot In Your Wall
Here's how to do it:
- Use a stud finder to locate the studs on the wall.
- Check your level and make sure that your wall is perpendicular to the floor.
- Use a drill bit to make small holes into the wall where you will be attaching your cord organizer, power strip and plugs, being careful not to go through any electrical wires in the wall.
- Attach everything securely with screws or staples (depending on what type of material you're using for cable management). Remember: it's always best if you can hammer in some small nails or staples instead of drilling them into drywall because this will prevent damage from occurring.
Cable Management with Fabric Staples
If you're looking for a more permanent solution, consider fabric staples. These thin metal pins can be hammered into the wall or ceiling to hold up cords and wires. You'll want to use a staple gun that has an adjustable depth setting so that you can customize the distance from which your staples are driven into the wall (this will help ensure that they don't damage electrical outlets).
If you have an entertainment center or TV stand with open shelves, consider using fabric staples to attach cords and cables directly behind these surfaces. This will hide them from view while still giving them access to power outlets in order for them to charge fully or work properly.
All you need are some simple cable management tips to keep everything neat and organized.
Cable management can be a little overwhelming when you’re starting out. But once you have the right tools, it becomes much easier to get everything under control. You can go from having cables all over the place to having a simple system that works for you in no time! Simply follow these DIY tips and before long, your home will be just as organized as ever.