Cheap, Simple Way to Manage Cords

I use several notebooks and my tablet on my 8 ft. long desk. Cord management can be a challenge when I disconnect one to head out. There are way more cords hanging around than I’d like. One of the most frustrating things that happens from time to time is that my cords fall off the back side of my desk and get all tangled up. A big clumsy guy like me crawling and fumbling under a desk is a sight to be seen. I’ve been procrastinating on implementing a solution for about five years, but finally found a simple and cheap way to fix this problem for good.

As soon as I get back home to San Francisco I’m heading out to buy a bag full of 1″ binder clips. A friend of mine emailed me the photo below and it’s just what I need. How do you manage cords on your desktop?

5 Comments

  1. Corinne

    03/25/2010 at 10:18 am

    That’s what you call a lo-tech solution to a hi-tech problem.

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  2. Josefpm

    03/25/2010 at 11:51 am

    Simple, beatiful,easy and low cost.Bravo, Great.

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  3. Clavain

    03/26/2010 at 7:31 am

    Ok, not bad, but…

    You still have a big tangle of cables sitting on the floor. How long before you are on your knees trying to get the knots out?
    Better than knots at both ends though!

    It Friday afternoon here, so have a nice weekend everyone.

    Clavain

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  4. Bob Anson

    03/26/2010 at 12:50 pm

    Xavier,

    Thanks for the fantastic tip. It worked “right out of the box.” It literally took less than 1 minute to implement. For the less mechanically inclined, after you clip the binder clip to the desk, you must remove the pieces that will hold the cable (both upper and lower). Then, you slide the cable to the end where the plug will sit, and reattach the two pieces.

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  5. Bob Anson

    03/28/2010 at 1:00 am

    Clarification on my reply (above): Looking at your picture again, it shows many small plugs. Most, if not all of these plugs might not require removing the pieces that are used to open the clip. My plug was a 20-volt DC power plug for a Lenovo ThinkPad. It is much larger than those pictured, and required me to take apart the clip (as described above).

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