Do you have one of these?

Do you have a collection like this? Perhaps it is in a box, a bin, or a pile in a corner. Well, mine has been stored in a bin on the shelf in my husband’s office. But, today…I simply could not tolerate it any longer.

Image of a mass of computer cables
Do you have a bunch of cables like this?

To me, the purpose of organizing one’s belongings is so that you can find what you need, when you need it, and that the quantity of any one category fits your life and available storage. When I started the project, the cords and cables did indeed fit their container, but they were in such a wadded-up mess, that it was a waste of time looking for what I wanted.

Here is how I organized our cords & cables bin. First, I removed everything from the bin and sorted them by categories: phone (land-line), power cords, cable TV, and computer. There was a modem compete with its own cables, so that entire set went into a plastic zip bag. The other bag has…thingies. If I truly knew what the “thingies” were, then I could probably toss the lot of them. But since I don’t, and there is space in the bin, I decided it was not worth my time to decipher each item. Lastly, I had a small pile of cables to take to my local eWaste location. Luckily for me, there is one that is very close by, which is Rapid Recycle in Pacheco.

Simba “helping” me sort the cables.
  1. I keep a small bag of twist ties that I get with various shipments. So, I rolled up most of the cables and twist-tied them to control them. This was the longest part of the job, but definitely worth the trouble. Otherwise, I would not be creating a long-term solution and the bin would eventually end up looking just the same as before.
  2. I gathered all of my newly- controlled cords and cables, and placed them back in their bin.

Guess what? The lid closed easily.

6 thoughts on “Do you have one of these?

  1. When I saw this picture, I thought you’d been to my place! I have a drawer full of chargers and other bits and bobs that are currently used, and I go through it occasionally to make sure it’s all still useful. There is also a box in the spare room of cables that go with an old computer (which we have yet to get rid of) and other orphans. I got tired of looking at it so I cleared out a drawer in that room and put the whole box in there. Not the best solution, but it works… for now.


    1. 🙂 I find it difficult to get around to organizing projects like this, especially when they already fit in a container.


      1. Yes, putting the box in a drawer felt a bit like cheating, but at least it got the stuff out of the way, I did manage to clean out the drawer in the process, and the cords and other items are still in a box should I need the drawer for something else in the meantime! 🙂


  2. It’s funny how we feel like we are “cheating” by doing something like that. I know exactly what you mean.


  3. It is immensely satisfying when I neaten up a pile of cables. Even when they are in a box, I feel compelled to tie them up. Btw, I love your “helper.” =)

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    1. You are the first person to notice my “helper.” Being a hound, he feels compelled to approve the smell of everything.


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