In this age of electronics, almost everything we have needs to be plugged and therefore has a cord. So what to do with all those cords when they overrun an area and become an anxious mess??? Separate, label and return in an orderly fashion… ORGANIZE them!
In order to clear up the area, especially for computer or audio/visual (ie: TV systems) equipment, it’s a good idea to make a map/drawing/take notes of where things are plugged into before unplugging anything (because we all hate it when the internet is down). So as you are unplugging either label the cord where it goes (folded Post-it notes work fine) or make a note on a paper (ie: phone cord goes in back of hard-drive in purple slot).
Let’s get started. First unplug any standard electrical outlet plug that is tangled or comingled with anything else, these you don’t have to worry about labeling. Any other cords should be labeled before you unplug.
Next, wind up neatly excess cord length and secure with a twisty-tie, zip cord or toggle bands. If the cords are thicker, for computers or digital equipment don’t bend the cords too harshly because this can destroy the tiny metal fibers inside and ruin the life of the cord.
Then, label everything that goes to an outlet. Again, Post-it notes work fine if you fold them in ½ and wrap around the cord. This is also fun because you can color coordinate things with different color notes. You can use file labels, bread bag ties, or just regular paper with tape: it doesn’t have to be complicated, just get it on there! Even if you are labelling each cord, it’s never a bad idea to draw a map.
When re-plugging back together, especially for items with an internal motherboard, I always use surge protecting multi-outlets. This is the number one way electronics die (Think computers, stereos, reefers even some washers and dryers): over-voltage in rare, but potentially devastating occurrences. Strip surges are my favorite because I think they look cleaner and more streamlined because you can place the strip closer to the appliances and wrap up more of the cords. You can also turn them on and off when leaving for vacation to minimize power usage.
When returning plugs to the outlet, make sure not to cross cords over each other. Put each plug in an outlet closest to that appliance/electronic. Again, this provides a cleaner and more streamlined look. Now that you have everything labeled and wrapped accordingly, it should be no problem switching out when necessary.
Keep your cord map handy in the same location of the cords it represents. If you feel overwhelmed or need help, not to worry! Our super friendly and helpful organizers can be ready to go in minutes to conquer and manage your electronic-string woes!!!