How many tech devices are at work in your home right now? You likely have a computer, printer, TV, smartphone, tablet, e-reader, smart watch and much more. With that ensemble comes a bird's nest of charging cords and power cables...and a never-ending struggle to keep them organized and tangle-free. But it doesn't have to be that way: There are a slew of cord-management solutions out there to help keep the chaos at bay.
Here are our faves, all budget-friendly and available at Amazon.
At just $8 for a 20-pack, you're looking at just 35 cents each. They come in five different colors so you can coordinate your gear (a black-only set is also available for a couple bucks more).
Not surprisingly, they've garnered over 11,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. “Love these things,” said one shopper. “I bought them to use as cable ties for my desk, which they work perfectly for, but I've also since used them to wrap cords for stored appliances, wrap my headphones in my purse to keep them from getting tangled; I even use them to wrap the handles of my canvas grocery bags together.”
Pasow strips come in several colors, and you can buy them in single-color or in multi-color bundles. With nearly 19,000 five-star ratings to their credit, you know these are going to fix you up right.
“They're lightweight without any anchors or starters, very convenient to apply, especially when you're twisted upside down under the desk," explained one reviewer. "You receive more than enough so you don't have to ration them or worry about running out. I burned through them at my desk without any worries, still had plenty left over, so I decided to organize the cables in the living room as well, and still have some.”
The ties are super easy to use — all you have to do is insert the rounded end through the hole and pull the strap tight; the ties then firmly wrap onto themselves. They come in pre-cut lengths that are adjustable to suit different jobs, but they are an especially good option for securing large, bulky cords. At $14 for a pack of 60, they're tres economical too.
“Trust me, you’ll keep finding uses for them!” said one shopper. “The best feature of these reusable ties is the way they can be looped onto cords so they don’t get lost or accidentally thrown away between uses.... I have them in every room of the house. I use them on all the small kitchen appliances for neater cabinet storage and neater countertops. I use them in the bathroom for hair styling tool cords. They’re useful for shortening lamp cords and cleaning up the mess of cords behind the television.”
These self-gripping cable ties stay attached to the cord when not in use, which means you’re less likely to lose them. They’re made out of durable, heavy-duty nylon that's suitable to use both indoors and outdoors. A 40-pack that includes both 4-inch and 8-inch straps is currently on sale for $14.
“I LOVE these cable ties/straps!” raved a shopper. “I was looking for something to keep my growing collection of cables from looking like some kind of electronic spaghetti and found these. These are super strong and easy to use. As soon as I strapped my first cable, I did all of them around my desk and started looking for others I could strap, too. I love the variety of sizes in this package, as well.”
You get 50 pieces – 25 small and 25 large – for just $11. Shoppers love them. “I consider these a must-have," said one reviewer. "The adhesive isn’t crazy strong, but if you let it set, it holds pretty well. In my home studio, it keeps wires from being everywhere.... It’s almost always cleaner to have the wires disappear and not hang; these do that better than anything I’ve seen.”
Unlike Velcro cable strips, these clips are stationary and can also secure items like pens or toothbrushes. “These work great,” said one reviewer. “I would highly recommend using them to clean up cable clutter under or on the side of the desk. The single-cable ones are big enough to fit my keyboard cord, which technically is two cords in one thick sleeve. You would be surprised with how big a difference this makes to the look and functionality of whatever setup you have.”
At less than $7 for a 2-pack (one with three slots, another with five), this is an uber-economical way to bring some sanity to your desktop. “I am SO happy with this purchase,” said one shopper. “The cords under my desk were so unruly that my feet often got tangled up on them. I already had some Velcro straps to bind them together but it wasn’t enough to keep them neat and out of the way.... It’s such a simple thing, but I cannot stress enough how much I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!”
This handy bundle has a whopping 126 pieces — four cable sleeves, ten cable clip holders, a hundred fastening ties, and more. And, believe it or not, you get all of this for only $11.
“This cord-organizing kit is extremely helpful with multiple types of electrical cables and wires,” said one review. “I was able to clean up the wires coming from my desktop to the outlet with the neoprene zipper cord cover, which was extremely easy to install. I also used one of the sticky cord cables on the desktop to hold the phone cable charger easily.”
A cable management box like this one can help keep all of it contained in one attractive unit and make areas under your desk easier to clean. Available in white or black, it has three entry and exit points and is large enough to fit most power strips. Plus, the price is currently just $20 for the small version (the large is $27).
“I ordered a couple of these small-size cord-management boxes. They arrived yesterday, and I ordered an additional three of the small size and one of the larger ones,” said one shopper. “Two things that I really like about this particular brand are the small vent holes on the top and the opening in the back, as well as the two ends for running the cords.”
For $30 you receive a 2-pack (a large and a small) of boxes, plus cable ties, stick-on cable clips and a fabric sleeve so you can have everything you need to organize all of your cables.
“I have three of these boxes throughout my home,” said one satisfied buyer. “They not only make the area where all your wires are laying on the floor look better but they also make the area easier to clean up. No more do I have to move a handful of electrical/cable/computer/printer/tv wires to clean the floor, or clean off the wires themselves.”
If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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