There is something missing around my desk.
Look a little closer – can you see what is missing?
I did a little cord management yesterday. All the needed, but pesky cords and wires that go to my lamps, computer, and chargers – GONE!
I have been meaning to corral and manage all the cords since moving my desk to the middle of the room over a year ago. I finally had enough of the unsightly mess and took control.
I gathered up the needed supplies – most of it is from the dollar store – so it is not an expensive system – nor is it perfect, but it does help keep the cords organized, electrical outlet easily accessed, and the wires out of sight as much as possible.
- Wire basket – I found mine at the dollar store
- Outlet strip
- Extension cord
- Cable ties
- 4 –6 cup hooks
- Clear cord organizing clips – 4 flat damage-free cord clips and 2 organizer clips from Command Brand.
- Wire cutters
- Wire Mold cord protector – home improvement store
The wire basket is going to hold the power strip and be hung upside down under the desk using cup hooks. It could also be hung on a wall.
1. Using wire cutters, cut one of the corner pieces of wire off the basket. This will allow you to thread the plugs into the side of the basket.
2. Once the outlet strip is in, tie it down on both ends to the bottom wire on the basket using cable ties.
3. If needed, attach the power strip to an extension cord. I have an outlet on the floor under my desk that Ed put in for my many years ago. Best invention ever – floor outlets! To keep the cord from getting damaged under the rug, cut a piece of rubber cord protector to the size needed and thread the cord into it. Make sure is is flat.
4. Cover the protected cord with the rug.
5. Attach the basket with the power strip under the desk using a cup hook at each corner. The power strip outlets should be facing down.
6. Attach clear cord organizers to the side leg of the desk. They open and close like a barrette.
7. Run the floor power cord up through the clips. I used two on the leg.
8. For the lamps on top of my desk, I used 4 flat cord clips.
9. I attached them along the front lip of my desk and then ran the cords through.
10. Once I had all the cords clipped, I brought the excess under the desk and wove each through the basket and then used another cable tie to secure. I left enough cord excess to plug in each item into the power strip. For my large laptop cord with the bulky box, I screwed in 2 cup hooks about 6-inches apart on the under side of the desk to hold it out of sight. When I take my laptop away from my desk, which I do a lot. I can simply grab the tied up cord and unplug it.
It may not be perfect cord management, but it sure does look neat and tidy. No more dangling cords and cords on the floor.
Trax the cat is not too happy with the new arrangement. The cords were like his own private amusement park. I will have to buy him something new to keep him occupied.
I am working on a big project this weekend. I hope I can get it finished, so that I can show you on Monday. I think you are going to like it!