With every new smartphone, gaming device and charging systems, your electronics collection could easily grow into a tangle of cords and a pile of unsorted gadgets. This is why it’s necessary to take the time and sort out which ones are still useful and make sure that those are kept safe and secure for easy access.
Here are some ways to do a little spring cleaning around the home to keep your gadgets up to date, organization-wise.
Cable ties: The handy invention to tie-up loose ends
Whether it’s an old charger and USB connectors that can still be used for a new smartphone of the same brand or everyday appliances, cords can become a tangled hassle when left unsorted. The easiest way to deal with them is to make use of cable ties.
Also known as zip ties, these are actually an easy solution to bundle together cable and wires to keep them from tangling. Cable ties are usually made of plastic, which makes them sturdy enough to hold cords together, Skygeek reported. Additionally, cable ties can be adjusted depending on how many or how thick the cords are that need to be bundled together.
Store with an electronics bin
Now that you have your cords in order, you can also make sure that your electronics are not just lying around in the house or even your bag. It helps to have an electronics bin that you can easily store in a bigger cabinet or drawer, says Engineering Supplies.
Usually, an electronics bin has different storage slots to easily store similar items. For instance, you can put together USB connectors in one slot while putting all of the phone chargers into another. With the use of cable ties for cords, this makes them even easier to find and use around the home.
This also works in the office and lets you avoid having a cluttered desk full of cords and gadgets everywhere.
Sort and separate according to use
Other electronics may not necessarily fit into an electronics bin. The best way to unclutter most of the gadgets and electronics in the home is to have an organisational system that would allow you to categorise which device, gadget, hardware, and even software is needed for which purpose, according to Houzz.
For instance, those with gaming devices, office gadgets, and entertainment systems and accessories should learn to separate each segment into a different filing area. All of the accessories related to gaming — including game discs, headsets, controllers, and the like — should have their own tier in the cabinet that’s separate from other gadgets. Better yet, if you have space in the home, it would be better to store it in a different place so that if your electronics library grows in the long run, it would be easy to adjust to the allotted space instead of being forced to take out your old hardware.
Take these three steps to heart the next time you plan to get your gear and gadgets in order. This way, you can say goodbye to days of tripping on messy cords or fumbling your way into finding the (yet again) missing remote control.