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How To Organise Your Messy Cables

Be honest, how bad is your cable drawer right now?

If you answered, “not too bad”, this blog post probably isn’t for you. If you grimaced at the thought of your overflowing wires and tangled cables, let me offer some guidance.

Detangle your wires

Before you start organising your cables, put them in a pile on the floor and carefully detangle them. 

As you go, separate them by laying each wire individually so you can move on to the next step easily. 

Sort into categories

Once you have an accessible pile of cables, plugs and tech accessories, it’s time to categorise. 

Your categories will depend on the types of cables you have, but here are some common ones you could use:

  • Travel adapters
  • Plugs
  • Charging cables
  • Audio cables
  • Display cables: HDMI, VGA, etc.
  • Memory cards
  • Specialist chargers: Smartwatch, camera, drills, etc.

Time to say goodbye

Once you’ve categorised your cables, you’ll probably notice a few things:

1. You have too many duplicates

Many electronic devices use the same charger type, so you’ve likely ended up with several of varying lengths and many that no longer work.

Firstly, create a pile of broken cables, you don’t need them anymore and you’ll thank yourself when you don’t have to remember which one’s a bit dodgy. 

Decide how many duplicates you realistically need. Yes, you may have six devices that use the same charger, but are you likely to need all six cables at the same time?

Lastly, get rid of any short cables that you never use because it’s impossible to use them without letting your device hang sadly from the wall plug.

2. You don’t know what half your cables are for

Everyone’s guilty of keeping cables they’ve never used for fear of needing them in the future. Now you have two choices, do the logical thing and get rid of them, or have an entire misc category “just in case”. 

It’s your choice, but I know which one I’d do…

How to dispose of cables

Once you’ve got your pile of unused or broken cables, you have to throw them away properly as binning them can be dangerous. Here are a few ways to safely dispose of your unwanted cables.

Recycle them

Recycle Now is a UK Government-funded website run by charity WRAP to help you recycle correctly. You can type in what you’re trying to recycle and where you live, and find a local recycling centre.

Currys recycling

Currys offers a free recycling initiative that collects your old electronics and cables for free by taking them into any of their stores. You have to pay a fee for large electronics, but it’s free for small appliances and cables.

Sell them

Facebook Marketplace is an amazing option to sell things without much faff or any commission fees. 

Be realistic about how much you’ll get for old electronics. If you’re not bothered about making much money, put them on for under £20 and they’ll be out of your home in no time.

If you just want to get rid of some working cables, you can list them for free and someone will probably snap them up within minutes.

Organise them

Finally the fun part! It’s time to organise and store your cables properly so you don’t have to do this ever again.

How you organise your cables and electronics depends on how you’re storing them:

In a drawer

If you have an entire drawer dedicated to them, drawer separators are ideal because you can then organise each category into different sections.

In a box

If you’re using a box to store your cables, you should use ties to keep all of your categories in one section.

However, you can upgrade to a cable box like this to organise your cables. This way you can access all your different categories easily.

Tie them up

No matter how you organise your cables, it’s highly likely that they’ll start getting tangled again if they’re not tied up properly. Avoid this by tying them with these Velcro reusable ties. You cut them to length and they’re easy to unwrap and rewrap.

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