Over the course of this year we've had you focus on the most obvious quilting/creative items that need to find a more organized home to reside. But what about the place where you do your research, watch TQS shows, shop online, sketch, etc.? Whether it is an actual desk or worktable, this space needs attention so it doesn't become a convenient dumping ground. Before we tackle the top of the desk/worktable, and hopefully yours does not look like the one in the photo, we are tackling the items that are much closer to the floor.
We need you to face that rats nest of tangled cables and cords currently lurking around or under your desk or worktable. Quick, can you identiy all of the plug-ins without having to follow the cord back to it's intended home? Hate looking at all of those cords and want a more streamlined look? Grab your sword and let us help you tame that wild beast in the nether regions of your space.
With everthing in it's place and labeled, you'll find controlling cords and cables saves you time, energy and it makes your space look and feel much neater! Here are some ideas to get you going:
- Begin by un-plugging and untangling everything around and under your work space.
- Whether you have two cords or twenty, each needs an identifying label. From bread tags, tape flags, to high end labels there are a vast array of options to satisfy taste and budget. More about labels in a bit.
- If you haven't already invested in a multi-plug surge protector power strip, this is the time to do so. A lot of money has been invested in your tools, so don't let an unexpected power outage damage these items.
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1. Clip on cord identifyers. Dotz
2.Washi tape flags. TheChicSite
3. Bread bag labels. Apartmenttherapy
4. Make a label for each cable. YesMissy
5. Add a flag. ContainerStore
6. Identifying colored cord covers. Dotz
Now that you have identified each cord, let's look at the creative ways to keep them from becoming a tangled mess.
Options for Clean and Clutter free:
1.Hide the cord along the table legs using matching colored zip ties. ChezLarson
2. Hang a kitchen basket under your table for your surge protector. Organizeandinspire
3. Spiral Tube by Dotz. Wind the 6 foot long Spiral Tube around the cords, cables and wires and trim to a custom length.
4.Cord Mate channel. Paint the color of your choosing or leave in white and stick in place. HomeDepot
5.Attach a rain gutter to contain cords. Lifehacker
Options for Visual Inspiration and Admiration:
1.Got any Legos around the house? Use them to hold your cords. ModernisticDesign
2. Embrace the cord and make it part of your decor style with leaf stickers. Clippings
3. Add a bird for even more charm. Amazon
4. Build a cord hiding picket fence using foam core and double sided tape. Pinterest
At your Workspace:
Frustrated by cords always dropping behind your work area when you unplug?
1.Cord Catchers by Dotz. Non-stick, and keep your cords for when you need them.
2. Cordie by Quirky to do the same job.
3. Binder Clips along the back of a worktable. Buzzfeed
4.Velcro cable ties. These work well for lots of other items such as iron cords, hairdryer cords, small appliances. You might want to buy an extra package.
5. Cable drop cord clips. ContainerStore
6. Rabbits to the rescue. Oddgifts
Need more ideas? Check out Lifehacker's top 10 tips for keeping cables under control.
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