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Wire & Cord Management Idea

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There is something missing around my desk.

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Look a little closer – can you see what is missing?

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I did a little cord management yesterday. All the needed, but pesky cords and wires that go to my lamps, computer, and chargers – GONE!

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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.

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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. *Check out another way I have hidden unsightly cords.

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supplies needed:

  • 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
Note:  Whenever working with electrical cords, please keep in mind safety at all times.   Running a cord under a rug or over a rug could be a tripping and or fire hazard.

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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.

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2. Once the outlet strip is in, tie it down on both ends to the bottom wire on the basket using cable ties.

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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 it is flat.

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4. Cover the protected cord with the rug.

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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.

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6. Attach clear cord organizers to the side leg of the desk. They open and close like a barrette.

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7. Run the floor power cord up through the clips. I used two on the leg.

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8. For the lamps on top of my desk, I used 4 flat cord clips.

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9. I attached them along the front lip of my desk and then ran the cords through.

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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.

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It may not be perfect cord management, but it sure does look neat and tidy.  No more dangling cords and cords on the floor.

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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 a little safer 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! *Update: Here is the big Rolling Door Reveal.

Happy Weekend!

*For more cord hiding techniques check out my post on How to Hide Cords on a Wall Mounted TV here and here.  You can also see how I hid the cord for a chandelier.

 

 

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26 Comments

  1. This is a great idea, Diane, and it does look so much better. If only I could work out something like that for our office, we have 2 desks and jumbles of cords. I’ve pinned to hopefully figure something out. Thanks!
    Debbie :)