Instant & Cheap Cable Organization: The Most Useful Thing I’ve Seen All Week

Mar 24, 2010 - 6 Comments

cheap cable organization

Computer cables are always getting in the way, falling on the floor, getting tangled up, or otherwise becoming some form of hassle, right? Well rather than go crazy, you can use this really neat binder clip solution to organize each cable.

There’s not much to this trick, the binder clips are the same ones you buy at an office supply store, or that you can find around just about any office or workspace.

Seriously. Use binder clips to create an instant and cheap cable organization solution! Just clip them onto the end of your desk and slide in the cables and away you go.

This is slightly brilliant, and I will definitely implement this at my home office where I’m constantly plugging and unplugging cables for my MacBook Pro.

Binder clips are very cheap and widely available at virtually any office supply store, so you can even have a solution for the home and office or where ever you work, just be sure you get a set of clips that works for the width and thickness of your desk.

This handy trick was found on 9Gag via, who knows who originally thought it up, but it sure is handy!

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac Setups, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Toby says:

    Whoa great idea. My cord tangle is so large it forms a cable spiderweb that catches huge amounts of dust bunnies and other creatures. Once you’re stuck in that cableweb there’s no turning back, it’s doomsday.

  2. Nago says:

    I’ve been looking for something like this for weeks.
    Many thanks!

  3. luca says:

    genius stands into simplicity.
    (you can’t even imagine how long I’ve been looking for an identical cable-organization)

  4. sam says:

    Hey! Someone was peeking into my office! I also use these clips in other ways.
    One refinement is that if you have a long cord and are using this tip, you can coil the cord and capture the coils in the clip part or the other loop (under the desktop). This reduces clutter even more. Just leave enough to pull the end to where you need it.
    Another way I use these is as USB cable storage. I have several devices that use different mini and micro USB ends but I don’t need them frequently. I gather them all with the different ends together and clip them all in one clip. Then the loop part of the clip goes on a hook on the back of my desk. When I need one, it’s always right there and easy to get to but stays out of sight other times.

  5. […] This is a really creative way to manage cords, although it’s not quite as universal as the binder clip method. Lifehacker found the idea on Reddit, and contrary to what Lifehacker says, the Magsafe clip does […]

  6. […] seen a few interesting and cheap ways to manage cables and keep MagSafe cables out of the way, but if those aren’t enough to organize your cable […]

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