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[VIDEO]: How to Hide Wires & Cables (Part 6 of 9 Home Office Organization Series)

In this video I show you how I organize and hide all of my wires and cords behind my desk to reduce frustration while making things easily accessible. This is part 6 of a 9-part home office organization series. Parts 7 through 9 are coming soon!

Click here to watch Part 1 (How to Organize Your Office Files)

Click here to watch Part 2 (How to Organize Your Desk)

Click here to watch Part 3 (How to Organize Your Desk Drawers)

Click here to watch Part 4 (How to Organize Your Mail)

Click here to watch Part 5 (How to Organize Your Office Closet)

Click here to watch Part 7 (How to Store Gift Wrap)

Click here to watch Part 8 (How to Organize Small Things)

Click here to watch Part 9 (How to Organize Batteries)

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Alejandra

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Hi, everyone. I’m Alejandra from Alejandra.TV. And in this video, I’m going to show you how I organize all my cords and wires behind my desk in my home office. But first, if you’re looking to get organized, you can check out my free organizing video series on my website, Alejandra.TV. The link is below.

How to Hide Wires & Cables

Cord Box to Hide Wires

Use a Cord Box to Hide Wires

So wires and cords. So one of the biggest problems with wires and cords in the office is there’s like so many. They are intermingled. They get all tangled and it’s like a big mess and when we need to unplug something, it’s like hard to find the right one. So I’m going to show you what I do to kind of contain the mess and streamline the process.

So I have this box right here, it’s a cord box. Now, you’ve probably seen this before or maybe you haven’t, but basically it hides all the wires inside here so there’s like a surge protector inside here to kind of plug everything into.

Cable Management Ideas

Now, the problem with a cord box is that people get this and then they just jam all the wires inside and when you open the thing to unplug something, you’re left with a big mess to deal with. So yes, it hides the stuff but it’s not always that functional.

So think of this as like a drawer. So when you have a drawer, you organize the stuff inside. You don’t just like toss things inside. So you have to organize what’s inside. So let me show you what I’ve done here.

I’m going to open this. Basically, everything is plugged into the surge protector just like that. And then I’ve used these little – they’re cord organizers. They kind of look like this little like pastries like the meringue macaroons. You just basically just like wrap it around and it kind of makes the cord the appropriate length that you need it to be. You don’t have like the extra cord getting all tangled inside. And that’s when you have like the mess.

I’ve used these for everything, for every cords, the lamp, and then this is the phone, and then I have the same thing on the other side for my laptop power supply and then whatever clutter cord is over there.

Managing Cables with Cord Organizers

Keep Cables Organized with Cord Wraps

Keep Cables Organized with Cord Wraps

But let me show you how they work. They’re awesome for people that hate cords but also, for people that don’t like seeing cords because it contains the mess inside and you don’t see the mess. So that’s the coolest thing. And they come in different colors.

So this is the cord organizer. It actually comes in three sizes. There is the large size, there is medium size, and then there is the small size.

So let me show you how to wrap a cord around. So, I have this medium size one right here and I’m just going to open it just like that then I’m going to take my cord. So this is my iPad charger that’s really long. So I’m just going to take the middle of the cord. You can start anywhere, and just start wrapping it around just like that. Then I’m going to get the length of what I need then I’m going to close it and I’m going to put the cord in this little opening right here and then do the same thing with this one, put it in the opening.

And then you have an instant short cord and now when this is plugged into your computer or plugged into wherever you’re plugging this in, it’s not going to get tangled with any other cord. It’s like the best cord organizer they make to contain the cord and make it shorter. It’s so cool. All right. So that’s that.

How to Stop Cables from Falling off of your Desk

So another thing I do here is use little cord clips. This is like another favourite organizer. And it’s adhesive so you just peel off this little yellow part right here and then you stick it to the back of the furniture or wherever you have a cord hanging. And it prevents the cord from falling down when you unplug something.

If you want to unplug your mouse or something, you would just put your mouse cord in here and then take that or stick it to the back of your desk and then when you unplug it, it’s not going to fall behind. It’s so cool and it comes in like, I don’t know, seven different colors or something.

So that’s how I organize all of my wires and cords in my home office to prevent anything from getting tangled and organized.

How to Label Power Cords

On the second side of my desk, I have the same system setup. I have a cord box and inside, I have all these little macaroons for wrapping the cords and making them shorter than they really are. And so, I like doing that. So what I also tried doing was using a flexible ID label tape which is a special type of tape that wrap around cords so it doesn’t untape or unstick to kind of label what it was.

So on here, I wrote laptop. But I found that if I just use the cord wrap and I just remember what color it is then I’ll remember what cord to unplug. So I found that labeling the wires is unnecessary when I use colorful cord macaroons.

So that is what I’m doing for my cords on this side of my desk. Is there something that I didn’t show that you do to organize all your wires and cords to make them easy to unplug and plug in? If so, leave a comment below. Or if this is your first time watching my videos, you can subscribe to my channel to continue watching more organizing tips. Or visit my website at Alejandra.TV.

Thanks for watching and I’ll see you soon. Bye.

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  • About the Author

    About the Author

    Alejandra Costello is a Home Organizing Life Coach who teaches people how to declutter their lives with easy-to-follow (and fun!) video-based training in her SimpLESSity program and free organizing video series! Alejandra started her company, Alejandra.tv, in 2008 and to date has shared her organizing expertise with millions of people in over 100 countries around the world. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV, Alejandra's creative expertise has been featured in Good Morning America, Oprah, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman's Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. You can connect with her on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and .

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