One of the common culprits of clutter in our home are CORDS AND CHARGERS. They are something we all use often, even daily, and they accumulate quickly. Because of that, they can just as quickly become a mess.
On the flip side, when your cords and chargers are well organized, you will seriously feel like the most organized person in the world!! 😉
I always say that organization is about preparedness – not perfection. That means it’s about creating systems that not only look pretty (although, that’s a big bonus!) but that allow you to know exactly where you find what you need. And where to put it back! This readiness will save you time, save you the headaches, and save your mental and emotional energy.
I have used 3 systems for organizing our cords and chargers over the years – and I think all three have their own merits. If you are wondering how to better organize your cords and chargers, these three solutions may be helpful. The best kind of organization is the kind that is customized to your items, your space, and your needs. It’s always good to have options, right?
Bamboo Drawer Dividers W/ Cord Tacos
If you have a drawer stuffed with loose cords and chargers, cord tacos are an easy way to organize them. Until recently, this is how I kept my cords managed. They are called “tacos” because you fold these leather squares up into a triangle around the cord like it’s a taco! Many companies make them now and you can easily find them on Amazon. The bamboo drawer dividers are secured to the drawer with Museum Putty so they don’t slide around.
Pros : The best thing about cord tacos are that they are super easy to use. Each cord taco neatly wraps up the cord and quickly snaps off when you need to use it again. They are also relatively inexpensive, and you can use them for a variety of cords.
Cons : The biggest challenge about these were that you couldn’t really label them. So every time I needed a certain cord I had to pick them up and look at the endings to see what they were until I found what I needed. You technically could use different taco colors to code them, and also could try to use a label maker, but I didn’t like the look of either. Another thing was that when my drawer didn’t have has many cords and electronics in it, each little drawer divider section served to divide by category which made it easier to find what I needed. But it became a challenge as cords and cord tacos started to pile up over the years.
Best for : Those that don’t have too many cords and chargers and are OK with not having them labeled.
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* This was taken right now, as I write this post and charge my mouse!
This is my most recent version of cord organization – and one I think that is definitely going to stay! I found the idea on Pinterest, and it didn’t take as long as you might think it would to put this together. I love how I can pop out what I need and the containers protect the cords and electronics and tote it around in my bag. At first glance this makes it seem like we have an excessive amount of cords. But when you add up what we have in our house and for work (including 3 laptops, 3 iPads, 4 iPhones, 3 Aipods, 2 headphones, 1 camera, 3 microphones, etc.) it makes sense because we have quite a bit for our family of 5!
Pros : I loved that this created a “filing” system in my drawer, similar to file-folding (find more info on what that is here and on my IGTV videos!) This allowed me to see each and every cord at a glance. Another plus is that I could label these and get very specific. It truly is like a filing system now of cords and electronics! If you don’t have a drawer like mine, you could recreate this in a bin as well! And like cord tacos, the bead containers make them easy to grab what you need and take them with you. The added bonus, like I mentioned above, is that the cases add a layer of protection. These bead containers come in 8 different sizes, and I used the 2.4 and 3.3 sizes.
Cons : The only ones that I could stand up to “file” in my drawer were the small ones. The cords that needed a larger container were too big for the depth of the drawer so they are stacked up. That being said, it’s still pretty accessible and easy to read the labels and find what I need. Larger chargers (like for the laptop) or battery packs are too big for these containers.
Best for : Those with a lot of cords and chargers and want to have them labeled.
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This cord organizer can either be your full cord and electronics organization system, or it can be a supplementary system for travel. The latter is how I use mine! I usually put in items like a lightening cable for my phone, a micro usb for charging my Beats headphones or camera, plug adapters, converters from USB to USBC, SD card readers, SD cards, earbuds, etc. I would use this when traveling (like at our co-working space in London, pic above) or taking to the office (especially for podcasting because we recorded them onto SD cards and then uploaded them into my laptop.)
Pros : Creates an easy-to-grab assortment of your regularly used cord, chargers, and electronics. I like the one I have specifically for it’s neutral, all-black look, its slim profile, and it’s also affordable.
Cons : You can only fit so many. So unless you have a small collection of cords and electronics, this may not work as your entire cord organization system. I also wished there was a way to label each section and “loop” so that you knew where to find each type of cord – and where to put it back when done.
Best for : Those that travel often or have a variety of cords they need to keep ready for on-the-go.
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These 3 easy ideas are a great place to start if you are wondering how to organize your cords and chargers. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below, I’ll be happy to answer them!