How to use a shoe organizer to tame a box of unruly cords #Organizing#before and after#closet Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jan 23 2011) Ariel findyourafterglow We have this basket that's become the wire/electronics/camera bin. It lives on a shelf (seen lurking in the background of this shot) and Tavi has recently discovered it. Time to clean it up! I rescued all the camera/electronics out first, and then let Beans have his way with it for a while: Then I took all the cords out and went through them. The rough breakdown: 30% for electronics we no longer have 20% redundant USB cords 20% for electronics we have but rarely use/don't need cords for 30% useful, relevant cords I got rid of a lot, and then organized the remaining cords into an unused shoe organizer in the hall closet. The end result, with a random boomerang: Next organizational thing to tackle: the hall closet itself. It's actually not that bad — just a few big things out of place that make it look crazy. And that baby, hiding in the back. Ariel Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and the brand-new From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing books, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. To follow her latest work, join join The Afterglow, for exclusive access to essays, videos, online courses, and more. PREVIOUS Are first year birthday parties really necessary? NEXT Lessons from a home birth turned hospital birth Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] 1. awesome storage/organization idea for the cords 2. awesome boomerang 3. awesome baby hiding in the back 🙂 I actually laughed out loud and woke up my quietly nursing/sleeping 8-month-old. Thanks! What a great idea, cords are the worst! We have a crate of random cords hiding in the bottom of one of our wardrobes. i think it might be time to go through them… That is a fantastic idea for the cords! I might have to steal that. I think that baby would look better on the shelf? hehe. Love it. A closet organisation is next on my list. We have three of those bins/drawers, plus one in the loft. We're big geeks. I think we even have cords for things we don't have any more – just in case. I should sort that out, really, shouldn't I?!! PS: Loving hiding Tavi. Made me giggle out loud. Sneaky babies. They pop up in the oddest of corners. 😉 Oh snap, is that a caboodle? Great idea – will use! I've been eying our 3-4 cable-filled baskets/plastic boxes for a while now, though at first I was pretty proud of myself for at least getting the cables, adapters, etc. corralled into those! 😉 Settlers of Catan! Comments are closed.