Cords, Chargers, and Adaptors Galore: 4 Tips for Tidying Up Your Tech

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Cords, Chargers, and Adaptors Galore: 4 Tips for Tidying Up Your Tech

Lisa Wright · Nov 4, 2021
Woman working in her home office, surrounded by organized tech.

It’s always a challenge to minimize clutter in an apartment. Whether the organizing onus falls on closet space (or lack thereof), a kitchen countertop (or two), or the bathroom (shower included), it seems like us apartment dwellers are always looking for ways to tidy up and declutter.

However, there’s yet another culprit that always seems to avoid long-term organization and overall neatness: our tech. Because our phones, tablets, and computers are ubiquitous parts of our daily existence, we often fail to recognize the ways they can create clutter that’s all their own. Be it charging cords, adaptors, or USB cables, there’s plenty of on-demand accessories that tag along with the tech that we use in our daily lives..

So how can we keep it all organized in a way that minimizes clutter but maximizes convenience and accessibility? The key is to develop storage-savvy solutions that keep all our necessary tech goodies in their place, whether it’s out of sight and out of mind or still on display yet neatly organized and within reach.

Below are some of our tops tips for organizing your tech like a pro, and some products that can help you corral those cords for good:

Trim the Fat

Drawer devoted entirely to tech cords and cables.

The first step in any organizational project is to undertake a thorough clean-out of those items that are no longer necessary – old phone charging cords and adaptors, we’re looking at you! It may seem easier to simply hide these things away, but it in the long run, you’ll be glad you pared down. First, get rid of anything that’s broken or beyond repair. Donate items to non-profits or local charities that are usable (but outdated), and for damaged/broken items, be sure to recycle! If there isn’t a local spot in your area to recycle those outdated or broken electronics, stores like Best Buy and Staples have plenty of options available. Getting rid of items like your old phones, cords, MP3 players, outdated e-readers, etc. will free up valuable space for those items you do use on the regular.

Storage Superstars

Storage is key when organizing your much-used tech. Start by picking out an area and designating it solely for tech storage so that everything is easily accessible. For example, if you’re working from home, you’ll probably want your gear in your home office. Once you decide where you’re going to store the goods, it’s time to decide how you want to store them.

Most experts recommend storing like products together, i.e. keeping cords, chargers, and accessories with their parent devices. This means you’ll always have what you need on hand, no searching necessary!

The next step is determining what storage solutions work best for you. Want your tech hidden in plain sight? Choose a stylish storage bin that works with your decor, like this weaved fabric set from Wayfair. Keeping your gear in a closet or cabinet? Then opt for a more functional container like these popular bins from The Container Store. The best thing about these containers is the fact that they have their own inserts, which makes it it super easy to keep those pesky cords uber-organized. Labeling also comes in handy here, especially if you aren’t storing in a clear container. Simply place an insert into your trendy storage bin, label accordingly, and voila!

Streamline Stations for Everyday Use

Obviously there are those heavy hitters in your tech arsenal that you use multiple times a day and don’t want hidden. We’re talking your phone, tablet, laptop — things that require chargers and cords to constantly be readily available yet no less organized. Charging stations are great spots for keeping it all together. That way, you won’t be scrambling around to find the cord (or cords) you need. Want everything in one place? A powerstrip may be the solution. Simply organize your cords nearby, and when you’re ready for a charge, you can simply plug in without hunting for any of them. Prefer a more streamlined approach? Then check out this trendy charging station from Amazon, which makes for a great way to keep everything organized and in one place. Is your phone your top priority? Scoop up one of these colorful wall-mounted phone holders that make it easy to charge while taking up less room on your desktop or counter.

Safety First!

Tech chargers and devices neatly arranged on a work table.

Always be sure to store your devices and tech accessories safely. This means avoiding potential fire hazards while also guaranteeing the longevity and condition of your items. Experts recommend storing devices in a dry environment out of direct sunlight and away from heat. Tech is expensive, too, so make sure you’re storing it in a way that maximizes its efficiency and quality. This also applies to cords! Never leave those cords in an untidy jumble, as this can cause damage. Always be sure to store them properly wrapped and secured. This cord wrap is perfect for keeping those cables corralled amd also makes it easy to grab them when you’re on the go. More of a DIY fan? Then you’ll love these fun ways to corral your cords using common household items and a little creativity.

Organizing your tech can seem like an overwhelming task, to say the least. After all, it may be difficult to determine which cords you actually need. But if you just spend a couple hours streamlining your necessary tech, chances are you’ll have a much easier time decluttering and getting organized. All it takes is a little time to develop storage savvy solutions that work best to maximize your tech’s efficiency and accessibility. That way, even when it’s out of sight, it’s not out of mind — a snap to get to, stored safely, and well within reach.

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