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Telling mobile chargers apart!

In our house there are a couple of favoured charging points for phones - one inside and one outside on the patio where we spend a lot of time!

Occasionally some one will pinch a cord to download onto their computer or because they don't know what happened to their cord and its quicker to "borrow" one than to look for their own.

It drives me insane not to be able to charge my phone because I cant find the cord and so last week I decided that enough was enough and I was going to put an end to the cable "borrowing" for once and for all!

Here's what I did...

All I did was cut a piece of purple ribbon and tape it to the end of the charging cable where is goes into the charger.

And another around the end that goes into the phone... 

And since I was on a roll I popped some ribbon around a bread tag and attached it to the cord.
(This is also great for plug boards where you aren't sure what's attached to what cord)
I defy my family to tell me they didn't know that the cord they borrowed was mine now!
Sometimes the simplest solution is the one that works and makes life easy for everyone. I had considered marking the ends with a permanent marker but thought it wouldn't be quite as permanent once it had been handled a few times.
Since I did this, my cord has stayed happily in its place and I haven't had to wander about the house checking laptops and computers and wall pugs to see who has "borrowed" my cord this time and forgotten to return it. You could do different colours for each person or maybe different animals, shapes, flowers, numbers - the choice is endless! :) Have fun with it. I did mine to match my phone cover.
Let me know if you have tried this or how you have solved your wandering cord problem in your house in the comment section below!

Score card:
Green-ness: ?/5 Hmmm, don't know about being green - but I know its reduced my stress levels!
Frugal-ness: 5/5 A bit of ribbon, a bit of tape - cost was nothing really!
Time cost: About a minute!
Skill level: Cut and paste - my favourite!
Fun-ness: Fun to see people looking for their own walkabout cord instead of pinching mine!!


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