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.
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.
- 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.
- I gathered all of my newly- controlled cords and cables, and placed them back in their bin.
Guess what? The lid closed easily.