How much do you find? They're sneaky little buggers, hiding in drawers you didn't expect...some of the the plugs might even still live in outlets! Here's the mess that I found:
First, we purge:
Then we organize.
Here are some of my favorite tips for organizing cables and cords:
- Used, cleaned ziploc baggies are great for storing cords and cables. Small jewelry gift boxes can also work.
- Winding the cords up is an important to keep them from tangling themselves.
- Use rubber bands, binder clips, hair ties, or old bread bag ties to tie them up.
- Keep them all in one place!
Careful with the binder clips. If they're too small they'll damage the cords.
And voila! Instantly organized peripherals drawer. Now I just have to make myself put them back in the baggies when I'm done.
Seven more items gone and my cords 'n cables drawer is much neater!
Items 52, 53, and 54: a computer charger, three cellphone chargers, one USB cable, and two cell phone headsets.
Cost: I probably spent about $20 on the headsets and about $30 on the chargers. The USB cable likely came with an old camera so I won't count it. The laptop cable came with the laptop so we'll call it free too.
Why did I get rid of them? They were duplicates, or they only worked on phones I don't have anymore.
Fate: The local thrift shop. If you can't donate them to a thrift shop, Verizon will recycle them. You can also try selling them on www.greenearthexchange.com. I took the laptop cable into work and donated it to our IT department.
Total money wasted on junk: $258. I could've bought a scalped Taylor Swift concert ticket with that money. Sigh.