6 Simple Cable Management Tips to Declutter Your Work Area

William Elcock

With electronic items in our working areas it is no surprise that we have to deal with the accompanying cables. These can get quite out of hand at times, resulting in a cluttered mess that has the potential to cause nausea when one looks at it, even if it’s just a fleeting glimpse.

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Power cables here, USB cables there and ethernet cables in some other place. Transmitting power and data to and from our devices is quite necessary, but since we do not live in a totally wireless world these are a necessary evil.

So the question arises how do we tame this mangled mess of cables?

Well, today we have some simple tips for helping you to get a grip on this madness. Read on.

1. Bread Ties

Yes guys, you read it right. I am suggesting that you use your bread ties as cable management tools. Bread ties are particularly good for labelling cables. This is especially helpful if you have multiple cables for a similar purpose.

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2. Twist Ties

Do you remember when you first bought your smartphone and the micro USB cable came wrapped up all nicely with a twist tie around it and wrapped in plastic. Don’t throw those away next time because you can use it to organize cables you don’t regularly use.

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You might not want to use this technique for cables you are constantly using because you will have to go through the process of unwrapping them each time you want to use them.

3. Old Credit Cards + Double-Sided Tape

You can cut slots in your old credit cards and use them to hold up cables that you use regularly and don’t want to fall off the side of your desk. Simply take an old credit card and cut slots to accommodate your charging cables. The slots I used for my version were around 5mm wide. After cutting the slots you can then take a couple of pieces of double sided tape and mount the card to the side of your desk.

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4. Binder Clips

Binder clips can also be used to keep cables from falling. If you have an object that you can attach the binder clip to, you can then route the cables through the metal part in order to hold them up.

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5. Velcro Strips

This may be a cable management solution you are already familiar with. You can use these velcro strips to group cables together.

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Alternatively you can use them in place of twist ties to store cables you don’t use regularly. These are kind of a must have in the realm of cable management.

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6. iGotTech Cable Clips

iGotTech cable clips are an affordable solution for tidying up your cable mess. They come with double-sided tape on their undersides and can be attached to a variety of surfaces. They can be used for keeping cables from falling of desks or can be used for cable routing. These cable clips can be purchased from Amazon.

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Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list but I hope that it at least gives you some ideas on how to de-clutter your working area.

Got some other interesting ideas? We’d love to hear them.

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William Elcock

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William Elcock

William has been helping friends troubleshoot tech problems for several years and thus made the natural progression into tech blogging. In addition to consumer electronics William also has a vested interest in various renewable energy topics.