Cord Control

by leanneja on August 4, 2010 · 18 comments

in General organizing,Office

I have cord control issues. I don’t like seeing cords peeking out from under pretty little tables or desks. Desks are hard, because there’s usually a lot of electronic devices on them with pesky cords attached. Tables usually have lamps and again with pesky cords. What is a person to do? Luckily, I was sent some Command Cord Organizers from 3M’s PR firm. These are handy little things.  

Now you see that pesky cord and soon you won’t.

Make sure to follow the directions on the package for best results.

Clean area with alcohol first and let dry. Stick the red printed side to the cord organizers.

Peel off the other side of the sticky tab and stick it to the clean surface. Hold for 30 seconds.  

You need to wait 1 hour before slipping the cord through it.  

I added a second one onto the leg of the table.

Yay, no more pesky lamp cord. That looks so much better. And the strips come off so easy when you want to remove them. Just follow the instructions on the package.

Next, I tackled my desk using the medium size Cord Organizers.

This is under the desk before. It doesn’t look too bad.

Until you move the shredder. Then they’re pretty tangled and it’s hard to tell what cord goes where.

So the first thing to do is to get the cords untangled and label them so I know what they go to. There are cute little labels for cords, but I just used my labelmaker.

Now they’re untangled.

And labeled.

I used the Cord Organizers on the back of the desk. It’s nice not to have to worry about them leaving marks on the desk if I need to remove them later. I also put one on the back of the desk leg.

Much better now. The black cords are our phone chargers. They aren’t long enough to go on the back of a leg to the plug, so I brought them up the middle.

Now, how do I hide the phones while they’re charging? I used my Big Bite to make holes in the back of a box I’ve had on my desk.

Okay, so they’re not pretty, but they work. And they’re in the back where nobody sees them, so who cares.

Then I labeled the top of our phone cords, because I can’t tell the difference, but there is a difference.

Plug the phones in.

Put on the lid. And there you go. Now I have organized cords and desk top.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy August 5, 2010 at 5:20 am

When we redid the kitchen I had a couple of outlet pulled into the pantry cabinets. One is at eye level and that shelf is dedicated to chargers, walkie talkies, etc. All the cords are in a basket in the cabinet. I can plug the one I need in and close the door on the mess.

Suzann August 5, 2010 at 5:58 am

I love love love these ideas. I am absolutely going to use the cell phone one. Thank you for sharing.

Amy@ The Butcher The Baker & The Craft Maker August 5, 2010 at 8:13 am

These are amazing!! I have never seen these before…they definitely make organizing cords easy! Thanks for sharing!

C Roecker August 5, 2010 at 8:50 am

what a great idea!! Need these thingies for our new computer desk!

Krista August 5, 2010 at 9:55 am

I LOVE this!! I do the same thing at Christmas, hiding all the light cords!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! (how geeky am I?)

Karen G August 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Okay, so I came here from Someday Crafts Wednesday link party to your subway art post, which I thought was great, so I reloaded your site, so that I could see more of what you’ve got here. And apparently, you just rock!! There are some uber cool posts here and this one, I just Love!! So simple, so practical, so functional, and in the case of the phone charger box, even a bit chic. :> You wouldn’t even want to see the end corner of my kitchen counter that we never use….because its always filled with cords…for the cell phones, for the camera, even for the little portable vaccuum!! Every week, we untangle them all and roll them up………only to have them look the a jumbled, tangled, completely unappealing mess that is giving me the evil eye right now as I type this. (I can hear them whispering and conspiring now…) Before the cords go forth with their dastardly plans, let me just say, thank you for the great share!! I must run now…I think the cords are multiplying!!

Becky - Clean Mama August 5, 2010 at 7:11 pm

I am totally looking for those to do some major cord control – thanks for the great tutorial!

Allyson/HBMomof2 August 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I didn’t know that those little dealies from command hooks existed so thanks for that, but you outdid yourself with the phone box! Loving this idea and searching for a box RIGHT NOW. I can’t stand our phone charging “area” (read: pile of jumbled mess and an eyesore) and now I have a solution. So excited to organize this very minute!

Heather August 6, 2010 at 11:09 am

Thanks for sharing! These are fabulous ideas!

Jalinda August 8, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I never thought of labeling my cords, I always end up guessing, what a great idea!

nikkisnacs August 8, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I hate seeing cords too. This is a great idea.

Melissa August 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I love this post! I hate cords. But they are so important. I love the phone charger idea. I will have to look for a box to do this with.

Crystal & Co August 10, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Love this! You have no idea the cord nightmares that haunt me!

Totally sharing this on Facebook!

Liz@Its A Blog Party August 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

Great Idea!
Thanks for linking up!
~Liz

Carmie of the Single Nester August 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I so need some cord control. Can’t wait to try these!

Nadene August 30, 2010 at 5:11 am

Wonderful ideas – I especially love your cell phone charger box!
Thanks for the insirational tutorials.

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