Recently we were looking for a powercord to a techy device in a client's home. After a cursory search of a kitchen drawer or two, she yelled, "Be right back!" and disappeared into the black hole most of us commonly refer to as...the basement.
In a few minutes, she reappeared with this armful.
Luckily, the powercord we needed WAS IN THERE!
Ah-mazing. I love when things work out.
But, the real question is not "where is the powercord?" It is how to keep powercords organized.
Get ready, it's really simple.
Whenever a new techy device comes into your home such as a phone, a laptop, a camera, an ipod, a TV etc., simply label the powercords with the name of the device before you use it. Make this a habit.
IT'S THAT EASY!
Now if you have a pile of cords and you're not sure what they go to, schedule a date night with your spouse and do your best to match them all up to the existing devices in your home. What if you can't identify them all, you ask? Then throw them all out and free up your brain and your space.
If you find in the future that you're missing a cord, it's
to the rescue!
Seriously everything you need can be found on the internet.
But back to labeling....
You can use masking tape or
, but my favorite way is by using a
such as this one.
Be sure to buy the extra tape cartridges too!
There are many label makers on the market today, and clients often ask me to recommend one. I say, simple is better, read the reviews, price out the tape cartridges and be sure to buy the label cartridges that have the split back.
It can be quite frustrating not to mention time consuming to peel off the label backing from the end of the tape.
Must have long fingernails!
With split back label tape, you simply fold the label horizontally and the tape peels off from the center. Easy peasy.
Labeling can become addictive, so buy a few cartridges.
Labeling ideas for you:
Labels come in different colored tape and print too!
Yes, I know I'm a geek, but I have to label my cords with my name or a family member may abscond with one.
If you're frustrated by which side of your itty bitty metal phone charger goes into your phone, label it with
so you'll easily always put it in right side up.
Because who can see the little symbol when it's black on black?
After you're done labeling the cord, then wrap it in a coil and use a
to secure it. These come in different colors and different sizes too! Use the extra large size for the largest cords in your home.
Next on my list is to label this mess of stereo cords. I want to be able to unhook my stereo and hook it back up without any help from my techy oldest.
I'm thinking of using the alphabet so I can match up the corresponding letters on the cord and the back of the stereo components. Hmmmm...
Where do you keep your powercords?
Have you ever thrown one out by mistake and regretted it?
I didn't think so.