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Spring Clean – Cable Management

products_17632_cable-tube-1Wires and cables are the ugly afterthought of many home offices and entertainment units. By the time you’ve wired up your network, plugged in your lamps, phones, computer equipment and home theatre your floor looks like a rat’s nest.

Cables and wires crisscross the floor, clutter your desk and stick out from behind your beloved flat screen tv.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips to tame that cable craziness.

cm_hook-and-loop-cable-managers_bigWrap it up

Loose wires look bad but bundling cords and cables together using a simple twist tie can help organize that tangle of cords. For larger jobs, velcro cable ties or adjustable rubber cable ties can pull together bundles of even the thickest power cords. Plastic zip-ties are also cheap and effective, but can’t be adjusted if you want to change it.

the-mark-brothersjpg Labels for Cables

You probably have a sea of power cords, USB cables, audio cords and Ethernet wires. Knowing what cable is powering/connecting what electronic can be almost impossible – so label each end. There are products designed for this, or use masking tape.

CableRackKeep Cords Off the Floor

The floor under most desks is a rat’s nest of power cords and cables. There are many reasonably priced products that screw under your desk and provide an out-of-sight, off-the-floor spot for the cords.

There are many things you can buy to clip, clamp, wrap and hide – all to keep your desk, floor and entertainment units tidy. It will take some time and organization, but before you know it, you will have a workspace and entertainment area envied by all.