March 24, 2010

help!

Does anyone else have a drawer that looks like this?
Between digital camera cables and battery chargers, extra batteries, flash card readers, cell phone chargers, iPod cables and what's that? oh, an extra mouse (hey even if there were a real mouse living in here, I'd never know!), well...i just don't quite know what to do about this mess. Suggestions??

23 comments:

  1. Oh, I have a little drawer like that too! For starters, you could use little Verna (and Fandango!) scraps to bind up the cords so they don't get tangled?? I know...practice what I preach right?

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  2. You found my desk drawer! A few things I have tried (with mixed success): a larger drawer :); twist ties or velcro straps to corral individual cords; small cup/dish/vessel to contain cards, batteries, flash drives, other smalls; little tape flags on each cord to tell me what it is; finally - a good weeding to eliminate the cords to old phones, etc that don't get used. Good Luck!!

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  3. I TOTALLY have that drawer, too! I can't seem to get myself to get rid of any of those cords -- what if I need it?? I'll be watching your comments to try to pick up some tips ...

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  4. YES!! I went through my drawer, and placed each cord in it's own labelled ziploc bag (sharpie markers can be your friend!). Anything that was no longer relevant, went out the door. Now if only my kids would let me do that to their rooms!

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  5. um a drawer like this? that would mean I am organized LOL...I find that stuff ALL over my house and basement. I am all for Jocelyn's comment about using Moda fabric to wrap your cords!

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  6. We're nerds, we have a whole room like that.

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  7. Twist ties or rubber bands, wrap the cords around your thumb to elbow, or smaller if it's a smaller cord, and secure them that way. It helps a little, but with all the cords totally neat is next to impossible.

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  8. We have 8 drawers like tha around the houset (though nothing like Pam). Ikea bag closure snap things a for perfect for gathering cords. Not as pretty as Verna though.

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  9. no i don't... because i have ocd.. so i have a few VERY organized bins of computer things... and an organized zipper pouch of my to-go items... ie laptop cables & cords... camera stuff.. and so on... yes i'm crazy.. but i know that. ;-)

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  10. I wish I had a drawer like that. Mine are all over the house. With 5 kids, we have phone, camera, ipod, cordless tool, and remote control car chargers. I'm sure I missed some too!!!

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  11. Yes, try the velco tape to secure the cords after they are wrapped. Then put them in little boxes or bags labeled with what they are used for (ie, a bag/box with all the phone cables, one for cameras, one for laptops.) Hope it helps.

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  12. I keep my in random places around our house so it's not as overwhelming as having them all in one place ;)

    Okay, I know that's not a real solution. Velcro tape actually seems like a great idea!

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  13. I didn't have a drawer, but I had a box like that.
    I used baggies to organize my cords and cables. I used zip ties on stuff that I rarely or never use or things that I have multiples of (like USB cords) and used velcro or hair ties on the rest. :-)

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  14. I, like many others apparently, have my frequently used cords stashed various places around the house. The ones I don't use too often are in a plastic bin in a closet, completely tangled. I'm sure I don't even have things to connect some of these cords to...

    I come from a long line of packrats with a deeply ingrained waste not, want not philosophy. My dad never throws away the cardboard cylinder that toilet paper and paper towels come wrapped around. Oddly enough, these things work wonders at storing cords! You can also cut the cardboard down to fit whatever you're storing, even trimming the length and taping it back up to make it narrower (if that makes sense...).

    Also, if you wanted to make it pretty, you could dress it up with some wrapping paper or magazine clippings.

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  15. Wow, you only have a small drawer that looks like that?? LOL. I am unsure about the organization part but I bought a silver Sharpie and write on all the cords to tell me what they belong to! good Luck!!

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  16. As Kate's husband (usually banned from the Drawing Board -- generally, a good idea), I appreciate all of your bright and caring comments -- especially Martine's. :)

    Psst! Don't tell Kate I posted here, OK? :)

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  17. I used to have this drawer. Now I have two tiny plastic 3-drawer units tucked into a kitchen cabinet (from target, about 7" cube each). There's a drawer for phone cords, camera cords, pens, notepaper, etc. It's been working well for about a year. Good luck!

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  19. nope.
    you're the only one.

    drawer. that drawer looks like my life!

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  20. I had a basket of that stuff. Put it in a box and labeled it "Tech Cords" and put it in the garage.

    If you wanted to be organized and not use your Verna scraps, how about those cute twill tapes that come wrapped around all the jelly rolls? They could keep the cords organized, right?

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  21. I have the perfect solution!

    I keep all the cords separated by item in their own little bag....then I have a lable on the bag for the item that it belongs to. So for example the bag for my camera has the computer cord, the battery charger plug, the case for the memory stick, etc. There is another bag for the GPS accessories...another bag for the husbands camera. And then I have all the retired items in their own drawer (old cell phones with matching cords/chargers) and the actively used items in another area of the house. Make sense?

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  22. Not a drawer, but two boxes and a couple bags in the studio closet....I like your idea on the post above and may have to whip up something like that to tame that mess. But then I imagine I'll have to clean the whole closet...not a bad thing...I'm just sayin'...

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