How to organize spare cords

A big box of random phone, computer, and audio cords all tangled together is the worst.  Not only is it impossible to find what you need, but the cords get all tied together in knots, and this useless box of cords takes up room on your shelf.  I've come up with a great way to organize cords, which I've been using for the last ten years.

Start by organizing your cords by type, and get as specific as you need to based on the size of your collection.

Next, coil your cords up and do something to keep them coiled.  I have three examples shown below.

Coiled up cord 1 Coiled up cord 2 Coiled up cord 3

Whatever you do, don't use tape.  After tape sits on your cord for a while, the residue will get stuck to the cord and make your cord sticky.

Next, find yourself an extra piece of trim or something similar that's about the size of a yardstick.   For my example, I used a cheap piece of foam-core primed white trim that was left over from some project or another.  Now cut this material into several 8" lengths, and put a hole through the middle of them.  Don't worry about the exact lengths, and don't worry about the exact size of the hole; something close to 1/4" should be good.

Short stick with a hole in it

Now grab a few of your old RJ-11 (phone) cords that you have way too many of and will probably never use again, and cut that cord into various lengths to use as hangers for your sticks.  Feed one end of the cord through your stick with a hole in it, and tie a knot on the end to keep this cord from pulling through the hole.

Wire fed through stick

Now slip all of your cords onto your cord hanger.

Cords hung on wire

Now hang all of your cords onto a bunch of hangers on the wall, which can consist of a bunch of screws or nails, or a piece of pegboard if you want to get super-fancy.  Really long cords get their own hanger.  That's it, that's all.

Organized Cords

Author: Reuben SaltzmanStructure Tech Home Inspections


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Reuben is a second-generation home inspector with a passion for his work. He grew up remodeling homes and learning about carpentry since he was old enough to hold a hammer. Reuben grew up thinking he was going to be a school teacher because he enjoyed teaching others so much. In a sense, that’s a lot of what home inspections are about, so Reuben truly does what he loves. Sharlene has worked with Structure Tech since 2000 and Reuben has been contributing to her blog since 2008.

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