The good news is that you can label those cords today in 30 minutes or less, and actually find what you need later on.
I honestly don’t use my label maker for everything, but this is the one project where a label maker consistently shines. If you have one, just print out a label and either stick it on the flat part, or wrap it around the cord (in the same way airlines wrap your destination tags on your luggage). If you don’t own a label maker, then a Sharpie and a piece of masking tape or painter’s tape will work, too.
If you are labeling computer equipment cords, be sure to label both ends (the computer side and the electric/other plug side) so you can easily find both when making a switch.
Label carefully. Tech changes so fast, that it’s easy to be too general, and still not know what you’ve labelled. Instead of “Phone”, try “Darla’s iPhone 4”. Anything that leaves the house or goes to conference with me also gets my phone number. For the small, mobile gadgets, like auxiliary batteries or microphones, I label both the gadget and the cord the exact same way, so I can match them up later. I even labeled my lens cap!
And because the pile tends to be all black cords (or white cords for i-people) and thingamabobs, Washi tape helps me distinguish mine from the pack.
Remember all those gadgets you and your kids got for Christmas? Take a minute now to give them a label. I promise, it’ll take only about 30 minutes, but could save you more than that someday when you look at a pile of cords, wondering which one is the one you need. When they are all labeled, you’ll be able to recycle the old ones at the right time, without fear.
Also, you might remember that I’ve shown you how to create your own DIY iPad organizer to store multiple gadgets and that we used a hanging jewelry organizer to neatly store those cords once they are labeled.
Go ahead. You know you’ve been meaning to organize and label your cords. Start with the ones in your pocket and on your counter.
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