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Don't Get Tripped Up! Cable Management Ideas for Your Home

A Lego figure holds a wire

Wires are a fact of life, but they don’t have to trip you up. Most homes come with plenty of outlets conveniently located where it makes the most sense. Still, you might want to keep lots of things in the same place, which can leave you to tame a tangle of cords. We’ve got some clever hacks for DIY cable management. You’ll be corralling all those cables into a clean, put-together finish in no time.

Cable management quick tips:

Colors and clips

Getting a power strip is just the beginning. Now, let’s say you want to move a lamp, television or console. You’ve got to figure out what plug goes where, but don’t want to have to unplug and reattach everything to find what you’re looking for. Don’t be like the dad from “A Christmas Story.” Color-code and label which wires are attached to what. You might want to use washi tape, like Angela at Blue I Style shows. Roll up the slack into a matching binder clip and you’re good to go.

Start from the top (drawer) down

There’s something about the side of your bed that makes it a magnet for cluttery cords. For most of us, phones and tablets are the last things we put down at night and the first things we pick up in the morning. Why not stick a power strip in the top drawer for a secret charging compartment? That way, you don’t even need to worry about how to hide cords. Some drawers come with holes already in the back, but you can easily make yourself a space big enough for a cord to fit if you have a drill handy.

Run along, now

When cords dangle from the back of your furniture, it’s not just unsightly, it also seems kind of dorm room-ish. Graduate from that messy situation and take the time to run cords along the edges of furniture and baseboards instead. You can find Command strips or similar adhesive products that are apartment-friendly, too. See how Fox Hollow Cottage did it. We love that there’s no need to drill holes or patch later.

Every cord is cool when it’s part of a team

LEGOs are known to make things a little more awesome. Even electronics cords. If you add a touch of whimsy to your cord situation, you’ll score lots of personality points and bring some fun to your décor, too. Turns out those little minifig hands fit certain cords perfectly.