It seems like there is a never-ending supply of charging cords in our house, of all kinds, all over. They end up on our counters, in drawers, under the coffee table, everywhere. Does this happen to anyone else?! In this blog I am sharing my process for organizing electronics cords, so feel free to follow along now, or save some of these tips for a rainy day.
(For reference, it took me about 40 minutes to go through the process here at our home and it was pretty painless!)
Organizing Your Electronic Cords
First, gather ALL the cords from ALL over your house and pile them together, maybe on the kitchen table. Did you get them all? Ok, go search one more time and get ALL of them! You want to get all of the like items together so you can see the full scale of the problem. (Our household cords shown below for example. We had a few different containers.)
Now that you have all of the cords together, empty them out sort them by type/function. Some categories that we found were:
USB power bricks
Micro USB cord
HDMI cables and adapters
USB 3.0 cords
Mini USB cords
Computer charger cords
Now, time to match and purge. Determine how many of each cord you really need (hint: one per electronic). Determine if any are obsolete. Match up all the cords, and naturally whatever is left over will be for trash/donation.
Next, label all of your cords so you know their specific purpose. You could use a label maker if you want, but even simpler than that would be a piece of masking tape, washi tape, or a white mailing label. Every cord should have one purpose and one label. In my pictures here I used some pink washi tape I already had and wrote on them with a sharpie.
The best way to store your cords is with the electronic they belong. That way you know its match, and it will help keep the random collection of cords at bay. You know if you find a cord with no electronic nearby it is likely extra and is not needed.
In addition, for any new cords or electronics, make sure to label the cords first thing. As you are unwrapping your new toy, make labeling the cord part of the unwrapping process. This will help to maintain your system of cord organization.
There are many cute options for keeping your cords contained. You can buy special cord wrappers, which we have a few for example, for our headphones. Or you can go simple and use rubber bands. One of my favorite products for electronics cords are velcro cord straps. I found them at Wal-Mart and I use them to both tame cords that are not in use, and also to tame cords behind the TV. You can also buy some on Amazon here.
Another tip: we found SO many phone chargers and spare USB charger bricks. We even had 3 iPhone charger cords, and we don't even own an iPhone! We decided to keep one extra of each type of phone charger in our guest room in case our visitors need one when staying over.