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One of the messiest parts of anyone’s home is that desk drawer or end table that stores all of your electronics cables. With tablets, phones, digital cameras, laptops and other devices dominating most households, it’s easy for things to get tangled around the house. Avoid wasting time untangling stubborn cords, and consider using these tips to keep everything neat and orderly.

STORING ELECTRONICS CABLES

For starters, it’s important to make sure that each cable is wrapped and properly secured before you store it away. After wrapping up the cord, use a twist tie, zip tie or even a decorative paper towel holder (if you want to get fancy) to make sure the cords don’t come unwound if they get knocked around. There are also cute gizmos for cable storage such as this whale-shaped accessory for an iPad charger. Or you can get creative and use toilet paper rolls to store your cables.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Place cord inside a toilet paper roll and stand the roll upright.
  2. Place the toilet paper rolls into a box to prevent them from falling over.
  3. Label the interior of the toilet paper roll so you can easily see which cable you need to grab.

Tip: If you are having problems with the toilet paper rolls staying upright, tape them together so they don’t topple over and create a larger mess.

STORING EXTENSION CORDS AND LARGER CABLES

If you have multiple extension cords or other thick cables to store, consider purchasing a hanging shoe organizer that typically goes on closet doors and store your folded cables within the pouches designated for shoes. If there are different types of cables, make sure you label each pouch so you can easily grab whatever you might need.

If you’re looking for extra cord storage in your garage, consider wrapping and then hanging them. If you don’t have a hanging rod like a towel rod or a pipe as shown here, you can install one to create some hanging storage that won’t take up too much room. After you have your shelf or piping installed, you can use S-hooks to hang your extension cords. You’ll likely need to affix cable clamps to the cords so they will hang from the S-hooks, but this should keep the cords separate and off the ground, preventing some unsightly tangles.

With these clever tricks, you shouldn’t have to worry about finding your cables or cords wound around each other in a tangled heap again. Remember, it takes less time to store a cable away correctly the first time, than to unfurl it from a messy heap. Take the time to store everything away and you’ll be glad you did later.

A self-proclaimed Type A nut, Amy Moczynski is never far from her to-do list and stack of sticky note reminders. She manages the digital marketing for ProBuilt Steel Buildings, writing organization and home improvement tips for the company’s blog. In her spare time, she enjoys running; good wine and craft beer; and spending time with her dog, Lola. You can follow her on Twitter at @amymoczynski.

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