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Quick Computer Cord Wrangling

Computer cords

Computer cords

Christmas is over and now comes all the cleanup.  I’ve decided to start my New Year’s resolution a week early and it isn’t to lose thirty pounds, though that would be nice.  No, this year I’m getting more organized, eliminating the clutter, and making my home perfect, all on a strict budget.  OK, perfect might be a bit unrealistic, but you get the idea.

For my first project I got all those wiggly computer cords under control.  There are lots of different cord wrangling options out there, from zip ties to Velcro, but I didn’t want to spend any money on this, and I wanted it done NOW, so I went out to the garage to see what I could find.  That’s when I saw the left over drip irrigation tubing leftover from last spring’s drip system project.

Drip Irrigation Tubing

It is about half an inch in diameter, has thinner walls than regular irrigation tubing, and cuts easily with a utility knife.  Perfect!

All I had to do was cut the lengths I wanted, then make a slice down the length of the tub to insert all the cords.

Sliced open tubing Thankfully I didn’t cut myself, but a cutting board could have been useful.

After cutting my pieces it was just a matter of wedging all the wires behind the computer into the pieces of tubing.

Computer cordsNow thankfully this mess…

Office beforelooks like this…

Blue Metal Desk…thanks in part to the new desk , but also to the cord wrangling.

Now I know some of you might be thinking, “What if I don’t have irrigation tubing on hand?”  Don’t immediately throw me under the bus.  Instead look around and see what you might have lying around.  This post is more about being creative and thinking outside the box to solve an organizational problem.    Think how you can re-use, recycle, and re-purpose to meet your goals.

Happy New Year


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