How many tech devices are around your home right now? You probably have a computer, printer, TV, smartphone, tablet, e-reader, smartwatch and much more. With that ensemble comes a bird’s nest of charging cords and power cords…and a never-ending battle to keep them organized and tangle-free. But it doesn’t have to be: There’s a slew of cord management solutions out there to keep the chaos at bay.
Here are our favorites, all budget-friendly and available on Amazon.
At just $8 for a 20-pack, you’re looking at just 35 cents each. They come in five different colors so you can coordinate your gear (a black-only set is also available for a few bucks more).
They also have over 9,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. “Love this stuff,” said one shopper. “I bought them to use as cable ties for my desk, for which they work perfectly, but I’ve also since used them to wrap cords for stored appliances, wrap my headphones in my bag to keep them from getting tangled, I use even them to wrap the handles of my canvas bags together.”
Pasow strips come in several colors, and you can buy them in single-color or multi-color packs. With 18,000 five-star ratings, you know these are going to fix you up the right way.
“They are lightweight without any anchors or starters, very convenient to apply, especially when twisted upside down under the desk,” explained one reviewer. “You get more than enough so you don’t have to ration them or worry about running out. I burned through them at my desk with no worries, still had plenty left over, so I decided to organize the cables in the living room as well , and still have something.”
The straps are super easy to use — all you have to do is insert the rounded end through the hole and pull the strap tight; the bands then wrap tightly around themselves. They come in pre-cut lengths that can be adjusted to suit different jobs, but they are a particularly good option for securing large, bulky cords. At $14 for a pack of 60, they are wood financially too.
“Trust me, you’ll keep finding uses for them!” said one shopper. “The best feature of these reusable ties is the way they can be looped onto strings so they don’t get lost or accidentally thrown between uses… I have them in every room of the house. I use them on all the small kitchen appliances for nicer cabinet storage and nicer countertops. I use them in the bathroom for hair styling tool cords. They are useful for shortening lamp cords and cleaning up messes of cords behind the television.”
These self-gripping cable ties stay attached to the cord when not in use, meaning you’re less likely to lose them. They are made of durable, heavy-duty nylon that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. A 40-pack that includes both 4-inch and 8-inch straps is currently on sale for $14.
“I LOVE these bow ties/straps!” raved a shopper. “I was looking for something to keep my growing collection of cables from looking like some kind of electronic spaghetti and found these. These are super strong and easy to use. As soon as I attached my first cable, I did them all around my desk mine and started looking for others to attach as well. I love the variety of sizes in this pack too.”
You get 50 pieces – 25 small and 25 large – for just $11. Shoppers love them. “I consider these a must,” said one reviewer. “The glue isn’t very strong, but if you let it set it holds pretty well. In my home studio, it keeps wires from being all over the place…. It’s almost always cleaner to have the wires disappear and not hang; these do it better than anything I’ve seen.”
Unlike Velcro strips, these clips are stationary and can also attach items such as pens or toothbrushes. “These work great,” said one reviewer. “I would highly recommend using them to clean up cable clutter under or on the side of the desk. The individual cables are large enough to fit my keyboard cable, which is technically two wires in a thick sleeve. You will be surprised at how much of a difference this makes to the appearance and functionality of your setup.”
At less than $7 for a 2-pack (one with three tracks, another with five), this is an uber-economical way to bring some sanity to your desk. “I am SO happy with this purchase,” said one shopper. “The cords under my desk were so unruly that my feet often got tangled in them. I already had some velcro straps to tie them together, but it wasn’t enough to keep them nice and out of the way… It’s such a simple thing, but I can’t stress enough how much I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!! “
This handy pack has a whopping 126 parts – four cable sleeves, ten cable clamp holders, a hundred tie-down straps and more. And, believe it or not, you get all this for just $11.
“This cord organizer kit is extremely useful with multiple types of electrical cables and cords,” said one review. “I was able to clean up the wires coming from the desk to the outlet with the neoprene zipper cover, which was extremely easy to install. I also used one of the sticky cords on the desk to hold the phone cable charger easily.”
Cable management box
$20 at Amazon
We love branch outlets, we really do, but they can be an absolute pain. Look at the box! D-Lines will put everything out of sight and out of mind, the way it should be.
A cable management box like this can help keep everything in one attractive unit and make under-desk areas easier to clean. Available in white or black, it has three input and output points and is large enough to fit most power strips. Plus, the price is currently only $20 for the small version (the large is $27).
“I ordered a couple of these little cord management boxes. They arrived yesterday and I ordered three more of the small size and one of the larger,” said one buyer. “Two things that I really like about this brand are the little vents on the top and the opening on the back, as well as the two ends to run the wires.”
For $30, you receive a 2-pack (one large and one small) of boxes, plus cable ties, clip-on cable clips, and a fabric sleeve so you can have everything you need to organize all your cables.
“I have three of these boxes throughout my house,” said one satisfied buyer. “Not only do they make the area where all your wires lie on the floor look better, but they also make the area easier to clean up. No longer do I have to move a handful of electrical/cable/computer/printer/tv cords for to clean the floor, or clear the wires themselves.”
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The reviews cited above reflect the latest versions at the time of publication.
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