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Be honest, what does your cable organisation look like right now? Probably an overflowing drawer filled with countless wires you’ve never used.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
With a little time and patience plus some inexpensive storage solutions, don’t let your cable drawer overwhelm you any longer.
Read on to discover how to organise your electronic cable drawer.
Before you start organising your cables, put them in a pile on the floor and start detangling them. Do this carefully, making sure you don’t break any in the process.
As you go, lay them out individually on the floor so they’re all separate and you can move onto the next step easily.
Once you have an accessible pile of cables, plugs and tech accessories, it’s time to categorise.
Your categories will obviously depend on the types of cables you have, but here are some examples of common ones you could use:
- Travel adapters
- Charging cables
- Audio cables
- Display cables: HDMI, VGA, etc.
- Memory cards
- Specialist chargers: Smartwatch, camera, drills, etc.
Once you’ve categorised your cables, you’ll probably notice a few things:
1. You have too many duplicates
With so many electronic devices using the same type of charger, you’ve probably ended up with several USB Micro B cables of varying length, with at least two of them that don’t work anymore.
Firstly, create a pile of broken cables, you don’t need them anymore and you’ll thank yourself when you don’t have to remember which one’s a bit dodgy the next time you need it.
Then decide how many duplicates you realistically need. Yes, you may have six devices that need the same charger, but are you likely to need all six cables at the same time?
Lastly, get rid of any short cables that you never use because it’s impossible to use them without letting your device hang sadly from the wall plug.
2. You don’t know what half your cables are for
Everyone is guilty of keeping cables they’ve never used for fear of needing them in the future. Now you have two choices, do the logical thing and get rid of them, or have an entire misc category “just in case”.
It’s your choice, but I know which one I’d do…
How to dispose of cables
Once you’ve got your pile of unused or broken cables, you can get rid of them, but you have to do it properly as throwing them in the bin or recycling is dangerous and you should avoid it at all costs.
Recycle Now is a UK Government-funded website ran by charity WRAP to help you recycle correctly. You can type in what you’re trying to recycle and where you live, and find a local recycling centre.
Currys offers a free recycling initiative that collects your old electronics and cables for free by taking them into any of their stores. You have to pay a fee for large electronics, but it’s free for small appliances and cables. You can read more about it here.
Facebook Marketplace is an amazing option to sell bits and bobs without much faff or any commission fees. Be realistic about how much you’ll get for old electronics. If you’re not bothered about making much money, put them on for under £20 and they’ll be out of your home in no time.
If you just want to get rid of some working cables, you can list them for free and someone will probably snap them up within minutes.
Finally the fun part! For me at least… It’s time to organise your cables so you don’t have to do this ever again.
How you organise your cables and electronics depends on how you’re storing them:
In a drawer
If you have an entire drawer dedicated to them, drawer separators are ideal because you can then organise each category into different sections.
In a box
If you’re using a singular box to organise your cables, you should use ties to keep all of your categories in one section.
However, you can upgrade to a compartment box like this* to organise your cables. This way you can access all your different categories easily.
Tie them up
No matter how you organise your cables, it’s highly likely that they’ll start getting tangled again if they’re not tied up properly. Avoid this by tying them with these Velcro reusable ties*. You cut them to length and they’re very easy to unwrap and rewrap.
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