Organising cables can be a hard task to do when you have many connected devices. The charging cord of your Mouse, computer, printer, laptop, and phone can create a mess in any workspace. There is nothing worse than a pile of cables that look extremely disorganized and a huge mess to sort out. Such a mess can drive you crazy and be extremely difficult to clean up.

But, despite cable clutter being one of technology’s biggest annoyances, there are simple steps and tips you can take to ensure you avoid this mess. Here we give you tips on organizing and arranging your computer printer cables on your workstation.

Steps to follow for organising cables on your workstation

With Google and the different social platforms today, you can easily get different ideas to organize your cable clutter. Below we give you five basic ways you can employ to manage cable clutter.

Start by hiding the power strips and plugs

The first place to start when solving and managing cable clutter is at the power strip. The power strip is designed for functionality; creating a DIY box for your power strip is an easier way to manage cable clutter. 

You can make this box out of a shoebox. But in case you want to save yourself the hustle of making a box, use a basic box. Then cut holes on both sides of the box so that all the connected plugs and power strip cable cables can come out through these holes. Apart from this, you can use an organizer box which is more of a container that you run cords into.

Collecting and tying up all the cables together

An easier way to organise your computer and printer cables is by collecting the loose cords hanging around after sorting out the power strip. You can use zip ties to bind the cables. Add your zip ties at multiple points to ensure the cords and cables stay neat from the power strip to your devices. You can also use zip sleeves.

Shorten the cable length

You may excel at sorting out the cables and cords under your desk, but the ones onto the desk may still be an eyesore. Yes, they are necessary as you need them there without them taking up your working space. You can solve this dilemma by shortening the cable lengths primarily. You can use a DIY solution of Cablebone from Instructables. Apart from this, you can try the loop method or crochet chain stitch to reduce the length of your cables without causing damage.

Hold all your unused cables in place

For those cables that you only get to use once in a while, you can arrange them in one place in an organising manner such that it becomes easier to reach for them when you need to use them. You can attach binder clips at the jutting edge of your desk and run all the extra cables through the opening.

Identify the cables

While arranging all your cables, you may fail to identify which of your cables does what exactly easily. To remember this, use bread clips. To do this, attach one to every cable and write out what it is for.

With the above steps, you can successfully arrange your cables and create a peaceful and tidy work environment for yourself.

How to store cables that you use regularly

Now that you know how to organise and manage your cable clutter, let’s look at how you can organise and store the cables you use regularly.

Hang larger cords on the wall with utility or command hooks

These are hooks with adhesive on one side. If you have a sequence of cords that you use regularly and are looking to keep them untangled, you can hang them on your wall or desk using utility hooks.

Use a small desk organizer if you have a bunch of smaller cables

If you regularly use many smaller cords, the best option is to have a desk organizer with enclosed drawers. You can easily label the organiser with the type of cable you store for easy accessibility.

Store the cables in sealable sandwich bags and keep them separated in a drawer

Using many sandwich bags will enable you to store your cables in one place and out of sight.

Hang your cables in a vertical shoe rack and hide them behind the door

It keeps the space tidy. 

How to store unused cables for longer periods

  • Set out all unused and hardly used cables in a clean and clutter-free space.
  • Sort the cables based on the category of electronics

For instance, phone chargers should be separate from computer cables & chargers, power strips, and audio cables. Sorting out makes it easier for you to sift through them when looking for a specific cable.

  • Toss out all the redundant cables

Throw away any spoiled cables that do not fit any devices or the ones you know you won’t need in the future.

  • Curl all your larger cables for storage by using the loop method.
  • Fold your smaller cables on top of one another using the accordion pattern. Make sure you do not force the cord to bend in an unnatural position.
  • Tie the coiled and folded cables using zip ties, Velcro strips, and rubber bands.
  • Make sure you label each tied-up cord using a marker and a cardboard tube or a piece of white tape for easy identification in the future.
  • Sort out all the labelled cable sets into smaller boxes before storing them together. Place the cables in different storage containers.


Before you start organising and unplugging any cables, make sure you label those cables. It will help reduce the stress when you try to plug them in again. Moreover, reduce the cables you can see first if you are dealing with a pile of cables; first, remove the cables you can see and where they are connected. Lastly, consider moving your extension lead. You can move it to the back of your desk to hide all the visible cables.

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