Modern homes are filled with gadgets that plug into the wall, including home security, televisions and phone chargers. With all these cords around your home, you may feel that your living spaces have been taken over by clutter. Fortunately, you can manage cables to create a clean, tech-friendly house. Here’s a few strategies to reduce cord clutter:
Choose wireless options whenever possible. Most homes use wireless routers to connect to the internet, but there are other gadgets you can add to the network. For example, purchase a wireless printer so that you don’t have another cable running from the device to your computer. Wireless security system components – such as the talking wireless keypad – are also a smart choice because they allow you to protect your home without the added mess of more cables.
Decrease Cord Length
Extra long cords contribute to disorganization, so if you shorten your chords, they should be more manageable. There are several ways to do this: First of all, install your electronic devices as close to electrical outlets as possible. For example, when your wireless modem is near an outlet, your cable service installer can use a shorter cord.
You can also wrap chords. First, plug the chords into both the outlet and device. Then, wrap them so that there is very little slack. Hold the loop together with a twist tie. You may also choose to conceal the wrapped cables behind the device (television, game console, etc.) with tape.
Electrical-savvy homeowners can also cut the cord and solder the two, now shorter, ends back together. Be warned that this is a more permanent method of cord control, so you can’t reverse the process if you want to move the television farther from an outlet in the future.
Use a Drawer or Cabinet
Place all of your cords inside a drawer or cabinet rather than letting them hang beneath your desk. For example, you can put a power cord inside the top drawer of a nightstand, letting the plug drape over the top of the drawer. Drill a hole in the back of the nightstand so that you can run the cord to a nearby outlet. Use the power strip to plug in various items that need charging, such as your phone, tablet or laptop. Since this is your nightstand, you might as well go ahead and plug in the table lamp as well.
You can apply the same idea to your desk drawer or media cabinet. Use the cord length reduction technique in conjunction with clever storage to dramatically reduce the amount of cable clutter in your home.
Hide Cords With a Racetrack
Head to your favorite hardware store and purchase a cord track. These plastic devices can be mounted to your wall and painted to match the room. You simply run all your cords for home entertainment through the track so that they’re not laying on the floor or pushed against the wall. Either mount the track along the base of the wall or on the top of your baseboard so that it blends in with your home.
Go Through the Walls
If you don’t plan on moving your television set or smart home devices any time soon, than running cable through the wall might be the best option for you. It completely eliminates the appearance of cords. Drill a small hole behind your television and media cabinet. Run your speaker, receiver or television cord through the hole, where it will come out by its appropriate docking point. This method is perfect for home entertainment systems, as many components aren’t stored next to one another.
Label Your Cords
As you begin to move the cables for your gadgets into more organized locations, you should also consider how to differentiate each item. For example, the plug for your alarm clock may look the same as your television. If you have to unplug a device, you want to make sure it’s the correct one, especially if you’re rearranging electronics. Purchase cord tabs, which are small pieces of plastic that wrap around the cable. You can write the name of the device on each tab so that you know exactly which item is plugged in which outlet on your power strip. Do this for free by making the tabs on your own. All you need are the plastic tabs companies use to close bread bags.