A cluttered and disorganized workspace can make it difficult to concentrate on the tasks at hand. As you already know, messy cords are one of the worst issues of modern home offices and small businesses. Not only is it aesthetically displeasing, it can create room for unwanted accidents, that may result in injury.
Fortunately, there are cable management techniques that will work well in preventing the distracting rat’s nest that often occurs as a result of many electric cords being plugged into the same power strip. Here are five ways that you can tame that cord jungle and restore a sense of order and functionality to your workspace:
1. Use a Decorative Cord Basket
You can buy a basket that’s specifically made to hold cords or improvise using the basket of your choice. This works especially well as a refueling station for smartphones, Kindles and other small devices. Simply place a few mini-USB cables into the basket and connect them to a wall-mounted adapter.
2. Use a Cable Corral to Keep Your Cords off the Floor
Cords on the floor not only look messy, but they also present a potential safety hazard. You can purchase items that are designed to solve the problem of cords on the floor. You can secure them to an area under your desk for convenient cord placement. Wall mounting is also a viable option.
3. Cable Labels
One of the most frustrating things about having a significant amount of electrical cords in your workspace is that it can be difficult to figure out which cord goes with which device. Cable labels can prevent this problem. Simply label each cord with the name of the device that it powers. You can purchase ready-made labels or just use pieces of masking tape.
4. Twist Ties
Simple twist ties are a great tool for keeping cords under control. You can use them to bundle cords together in one convenient package as well as tie up the slack so that it’s less likely to get in the way.
5. Binder Clip Magic
You can use jumbo-sized old-fashioned binder clips or buy clips that are made especially for cable and cord management — either way, they’re perfect for keeping cords together.
In addition, Rack Solutions offers Cable Management trays, D-Clips and a Vertical Cable Organizer, for efficient cable management of larger cable space messes.