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October 31, 2018

How Can I Organize Cords?

Have you ever wondered, "How Can I Keep my Cords Organized?" Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how with her resourceful cord organization system!

The question I recently asked myself:

How Can I Organize Cords?

The problem is that I never have a cord or plug to charge my phone/battery/iPad when I need one. My cord organization is a mess and

I know that by bringing cords into different rooms I will:

  • lose the cord
  • forget to put it back
  • never have a cord and scorn myself for not putting things back where they belong in the first place

The first step is to figure out these answers:

  • Where do I need cords?
  • What cords do I need?
  • Can I make rules for myself to prevent disorganization from happening?
  • How will I uphold these rules and deal with routine maintenance?

HERE’S THE PROBLEM:

Hello, cord mess!

Have you ever wondered, "How Can I Keep my Cords Organized?" Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how with her resourceful cord organization system!

THIS IS MY SOLUTION:

Have you ever wondered, "How Can I Keep my Cords Organized?" Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how with her resourceful cord organization system!

THESE ARE THE TOOLS I USED:

Have you ever wondered, "How Can I Keep my Cords Organized?" Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how with her resourceful cord organization system!

SUPPLIES:

STEP 1: Go through the cords

Have you ever wondered, "How Can I Keep my Cords Organized?" Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how with her resourceful cord organization system!

 

STEP 2: SORT CORDS/CABLES

Have you ever wondered, "How Can I Keep my Cords Organized?" Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how with her resourceful cord organization system!

STEP 3: REMOVE CORDS THAT DON’T BELONG:

Find the cords that don’t belong in my essential tool kit.

Keep them organized with oversized binder clips.

Have you ever wondered, "How Can I Keep my Cords Organized?" Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how with her resourceful cord organization system!

STEP 4: MAKE CATEGORIES/RULES

Give each category their own color scheme.

Have you ever wondered, "How Can I Keep my Cords Organized?" Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how with her resourceful cord organization system!

STEP 5: LABEL APPROPRIATELY

This is my portable battery charger.

To charge it, I need the plug and the cable. I will also need the cord from whatever device I need to charge for it.

I put together two pieces of washi tape to come up with this banging pink and orange color scheme.

I even decorated the charger while I was at it.

Have you ever wondered, "How Can I Keep my Cords Organized?" Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how with her resourceful cord organization system!

STEP 5:  MATCH ALL THE THINGS

Have you ever wondered, "How Can I Keep my Cords Organized?" Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how with her resourceful cord organization system!

KEEP GOING UNTIL EVERYTHING IS LABELED.

I used a sharpie and doubled up on washi tape to make these labels.

Have you ever wondered, "How Can I Keep my Cords Organized?" Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how with her resourceful cord organization system!

I have a plug designated for things like:

  • battery charger
  • office
  • kitchen
  • car
  • travel
  • bedroom
  • battery charger
  • iPad

STEP 7:  CREATE RULES/ PUT AWAY

Have you ever wondered, "How Can I Keep my Cords Organized?" Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how with her resourceful cord organization system!

 

System for the pockets of my cord case:

  • One side is dedicated to camera stuff
  • Camera stuff in the mesh area
  • The other side is battery chargers and cords for travel

Muscle memory will help me put things away when I know where they are supposed to go.

Have you ever wondered, "How Can I Keep my Cords Organized?" Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how with her resourceful cord organization system!

Now I just have to sure that my family knows the system  I am working with so they

DO NOT TAKE THE KITCHEN PLUG OUT OF THE KITCHEN FOR THEIR IPAD WHEN THEY NEED ONE.

That drives me BONKERS.

Next time I ask myself, “How Can I Organize My Cards?”

This is how!  All you need is a cord case.

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  • CarolineG

    I really like this! I also need help with charging stations and a designated place/system to park devices at the end of the day. Have you tried to set something up at your house? I have a tray with a flat file folder divider and a power strip, but its in the kitchen and takes up too much counter space. Help!

  • Seana Mohr

    Oh my goodness! This is perfect! I have been Team Bucket of Cords for way too long.

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