Home Office: Cable Management

Dealing with unruly (and unsightly!) cables kind of makes me want to pull my hair out.  It can be more than a little aggravating especially in a home office where there is a myriad of cables and cords to manage thanks to the electronic equipment that tends to be housed there.  Not only is it a challenge to keep track of which cord goes to what device when they’re all in a jumble, but having a bunch of adapters lying about can be hazardous and, let’s be honest, just plain ugly to see.  I am ecstatic that I finally got my home office cable management under control thanks to a few new organizational tools on the market as well as some of my go-to favorites.

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Cablebox (photo source)

My most favorite purchase for this project is definitely the Cablebox, which I picked up on a recent trip to The Container Store.  This neat little contraption serves as a storage device for the power strip I use to plug in my computer and the majority of its related equipment.   It’s made out of flame-retardent plastic that manages to stay cool to the touch despite all that I have plugged in inside of it.  This is a simple yet effective solution to the aforementioned hair-pulling-out mess of cables, adapters, and power strips just lying in a jumbled heap on the floor under my desk.  Cablebox also offers a smaller model with a built in power strip that just may be the solution I’ve been searching for to help with cord management on my bathroom counter.  I’ll keep you posted…

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Cordies Desktop Cord Catch (photo source)

The second purchase I made from The Container Store for my new cable mamagement is another equally simple yet genius invention.  This weighted rubber piece keeps all of the cables up on my desk so that even when I unplug something, the cable doesn’t slip off the desk and fall to the floor.  I can’t tell you how many times this very scenario has played out and left me crouched under the desk trying to (quite unsuccessfully) snake the cord back up and somehow magically rest itself on the desktop so I can plug it back in.  Can we say FAIL?  Absolutely!  With the Cordies Desktop Cord Catch I now no longer have to worry about that particular problem.  I keep this handy little guy on the back of my desk behind my computer to keep all of my cords safely on top of my desk at all times.

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Cable Ties (photo source) & Post-it Super Sticky Patterned 2″x4″ Label Pads (photo source)

I turned to a few items I like to keep on hand to aid in my updated cable management.  I’ve used and loved the Case Logic Cable Ties for years as a great reusable option for bundling cords.  I keep my extra extension cords and other cables bundled up with these easy to use velcro ties I buy at The Container Store.  I decided to use these cable ties in my home office to bundle extra lengths of cables in order to avoid having excessive cords just hanging about.  I also turned to my Post-it Super Sticky Label Pads for an easy labeling option.  The glue is not so strong that it leaves a residue on the cables, but the full adhesive pad means it sticks effectively to itself.  I chose to use bright yellow and orange labels for easy identification of cables.  These label pads are available at office supply stores.

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Command Large Cord Clips (photo source) & Command Decorating Clips (photo source)

Last, but certainly not least, there is no cable management in my house without the help of the ever trusty Command clips.  I keep a nice selection of sizes and types of these clips on hand and turn to them often for a variety of household uses.  I also very much enjoy the Command hooks line.  These safe-to-stick-almost-anywhere clips make cable management a breeze, especially when it comes to neatly affixing cords to the backs of furniture or along walls.  I used two of the Large Cord Clips along the back of my corner desk supporting leg to bundle and hide cables funneling down from my desktop.  I used the small Decorating Clips to keep single cables and cords affixed to a particular place along my desktop as well as the back of my desk. You can find Command hooks and clips at The Container Store, hardware stores, and office supply stores.

I go over my cable management in much more detail in the video (shown below) if you’re interested in a closer look.  Check back next week for an updated look at my Filofax!

*I am not affiliated with any of the brands or stores mentioned in this blog post or video.  All opinions are my own.*

 

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12 thoughts on “Home Office: Cable Management”

  1. Great post Jen. I have such a problem with many wires and cables that it drives me crazy. Will take your suggestions and try to streamline my many wires. Sorry to say though I don’t have a Container Store near me and the shipping charges are always so high on their stuff. I am trying to find substitutes at local Staples or Office Max. Thanks for all the suggestions.

  2. OMG!! What a great find. I so need both the Cablebox and the Cordies Desktop Cord Catch. I need two of each, thank you so much for sharing. Great video :)!

  3. I also need this type of cord organization. Thank you so much Jen for sharing. You just keep making my life easier. Who knew someone so young could teach an old dog. LOL Keep up the great work, you’ve helped me get organized in more ways then you’ll ever know.

  4. This post was really helpful, Jen. I have a 5 1/2 month old baby who is already on the verge of getting into everything, and we’ll need to do some child-proofing soon. The cablebox looks like a great option!

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  5. Hi Jen, I am enjoying your office organization movies on Youtube and am really looking forward to seeing your shelving and storage boxes above your desk and what your store in them. I caught a glimpse of your Semikolon boxes and got excited because they are my favorite boxes!!! I buy them on Amazon. Since watching your videos, I am planning a “field trip” to The Container Store in Houston and it will be about a 90 minute drive for me! Thanks for all your inspirational tips!

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