Reuben Saltzman

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


2 responses to “How to organize spare cords”

  1. bill
    June 23, 2015, 7:21 am

    Another method for cords that don’t get used much is to coil the cords (I prefer the method on the left because you don’t have to remove a tie and it doesn’t form permanent tight curls in the cord), and use quart or gallon freezer bags that are marked for the type of cord, then throw the bags in a bin.
    The bin can go on a shelf and hold a lot of cords in a small space.

    Lots of techniques out there, depending on your needs and preferences.

    I like the comment on the old phone cords. I have a bunch that are going to a metals recycling center.

  2. Tyler
    June 23, 2015, 12:12 pm

    As an alternative to zip ties, velcro, or duct tape, you might also use knock-off electrical tape. It leaves zero residue, can be pulled nice and tight, and it’s cheap.

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