They’re messy, unsightly and when you have computers, printers, internet modems, phones and other devices plugged into the same extension lead, it’s impossible to tell what each wire is for.
Read our comprehensive guide to tidying the cables under your desk to learn how to organize computer cables in four easy steps. And for more cable organization tips, check out our guide to keeping cables tidy in the rest of the house.
TOP TIPS FOR TIDYING & HIDING COMPUTER CABLES
1. UNPLUG EVERYTHING SO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE WORKING WITH
If you have a mass of tangled computer cables under your desk, the easiest way to start organizing your cables is to unplug everything and start from a clean slate.
That way, you’ll know exactly what you’re working with and be able to throw out any cables that you no longer need.
2. MOUNT EXTENSION LEADS TO THE BACK OF THE DESK
Before you start plugging any wires or cables back in, fix your extension lead to the back of your desk with VELCRO® Brand Heavy Duty Tape.
This will keep your extension lead out of sight and you’ll be able to peel it off easily whenever you need to.
3. WRAP UP LENGTHY WIRES TO SHORTEN THEM AND PLUG THEM BACK IN
Next, wrap up lengthy wires with VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® cable ties and plug them back in.
Shortening long computer cables is one of the most effective ways to keep them tidy and the beauty of VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® straps is that they’re totally reusable and easy to adjust.
And remember, wrapping up loose cables is just as important for headphones and chargers as it is for the wires behind your desk. The tidier you can keep your cables, the more productive your working environment will feel.
4. LABEL THE CABLES AT BOTH ENDS
Last but not least, label your cables at both ends to make sure you know exactly what each one is for! This cable organization hack is a real game-changer and it’ll come in so handy when you need to unplug a device!
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