It would be pretty hard to imagine an office running without computer cables at all. People use computer cables to access the internet, operate the computer, and connect their peripheral devices. But how do you manage all the wires inside your office space? Here is step by step guide on how you can organize computer cables at home or in the office.
Get a clear idea on what is going where
Untangle the jumble of wires and cables you have in your home office or home theater system. Begin by powering down your computer, monitor, and other peripherals. Unplug and disconnect every cable that you see. Going through these computer cables and cords can be tedious, and you may think of using the brute force technique of fixing things. Avoid breaking devices or damaging cables by initially disconnecting them from the PC side and the plug side. Lay out every cable neatly beside the device it belongs to. As soon as you are back to square one, you can start connecting them again.
Label all your cables
After you have untangled computer cables, it is time to assign labels. Even though it sounds tedious, it does make things simpler in the long run. In the future, you may have to troubleshoot or replace a computer component. When your cables are labeled, it is easier for you to sort the computers out. Attach a small label to every cable describing the peripheral or device it connects. Labels don’t have to be fancy and expensive. You can write on a small paper strip and use clear tape to attach it, or stick small masking tape and directly write on them. Make sure you label the cords correctly and clearly to avoid confusion and errors.
Use a wire wrap
Loose wires definitely look bad everywhere. The good news is that you can now tidy your office by bundling computer cables and cords together. A simple twist tie can resolve this problem for you. Bind cables together or hide slack by tying off loops of cords. For bigger jobs, you can use O Knot or Velcro cable ties that can pull together thick power cord bundles.
Connect cables together
Take newly labeled cables and start reconnecting the cords. But this time, you will have a system for getting cables in line and getting rid of the messy, cluttered look. Tie cables together to keep them looking clean, neat, and tidy. Think about the location and purpose of your computer accessories and create a plan on how you can tie their cables together. You can place computer cables under the desk, on a shelf, or on the desktop.
Finish it up
At this time, you should have computer cables properly labeled, untangled, and routed from Point A to B. Even though the wires look way better now, their visibility still creates an eyesore. Apply finishing touches to your cable organizing efforts by concealing cords so that they easily blend to the environment. You can find cord organizers these days that enable you to run cords on baseboards, or across office wall hidden within your molding.