Thursday, 17 October 2013

Sorting computer cords in drawers!

I'm sure I'm not the only one who does it....

I either have a desk full of cords and leads that connect various devices to the computer or I stuff them all into the drawer and pretend its all good!

Of course the problem is when you want to connect the camera or maybe the phone, or even the other camera or some other device to the computer to download/upload/reload/unload some files.... Then you seem to spend for ever untangling a cord, plugging it into the computer and then discovering it doesn't fit into the device!!??

I found a way to stop that happening in my computer desk drawer!

Here's what I did...

Its a variation on what I did to work out what cord was plugged into the power board behind the couch - I used the bread tags to identify which cord is which!

Not the most stylish method in the world - although some crafty people might colour code them with matching paper, paint or icon decals...

 Now all I have to do is find the right tag - and that's the cord that I'm looking for! No more untangling the wrong cord, no more trying to identify the cord by the connector or even knowing if its in the tangle that live in the top drawer of my computer desk!

They are fairly loose on the cord by they don't fall off the ends as the plugs are bigger than the tags. I wrote the name on one side of the tag and drew and icon of a camera/phone/ipod on the other side with a permanent marker pen. Super easy stuff that has saved me so much hassle since I did it!

Score card:
Green-ness: 5/5 for reusing something that was going into landfill! 
Frugal-ness: 5/5 for not spending a cent extra!
Time cost: As long as it take to identify the cord (which can take a while I admit!)
Skill level: Being able to figure out your camera cord from your phone/s cord/s and your ipod cord!
Fun -ness: So much fun to reach  into the drawer and pull out the right cord the first time!


livingsimplyfree said...

Kara, that's a good idea, you always come up with ingenious ideas that cost nothing! Before getting rid of most of my components the cords drove me nuts as well. I used empty toilet paper rolls to stuff the cords into which saved me from untangling them when I wanted to use one. It might help you save a bit of time as well if you wanted to give it a try. What I liked was how organized my drawer was and the extra space it gave me.

Practical Frog said...

Hey! The drawer is one that only has cords and a couple of other bits in it - I have had a clean out of all the things I simply was hoarding and now have room to just have a drawer of cords! Using the rolls is a great idea! but will I stuff them back into the rolls...
- K xx

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