I can’t be the only one who’s taken a look in the electronics drawer and thought “what belongs to what?” Wires tangle easily and all look much the same. The wire that recharges my cell phone looks awfully similar to the wire that recharges my mp3 player… and so on.
Fortunately I have come up with a system for keeping the snake pit of wires in my drawer and under my desk in check.
In order to do this yourself you will need:
- Many tangled wires — I know you have them. I’m not judging.
- All of the ribbons! If you tend to hold onto the pretty satin ribbons that come on top of holiday or birthday gifts, now is the time to reuse them.
- A pair of scissors.
- Some spare time — an afternoon will do.
First, take the time to separate the various wires and connectors from one another. Then pair each wire with the gadget it’s meant to go with. This is the hard part — fun times from here on out.
Next, find leftover ribbons that are long enough to tie around the gadgets and wire.
Colour code each ribbon to a set of electronics. For example: I use a red ribbon to tie up the wire for my mp3 player because its red. This way, the next time you look at a wire and wonder “what does this go with again?” All you have to do is look at the colour of the ribbon that is attached to it, then find the item that has the corresponding ribbon. And as a bonus: it looks rather pretty.
Consider your electronics drawer hacked!
Now what are YOUR tips for keeping your electronics drawer/snake pit of wires under control?