The Art of Cable Organization

Last Updated : June 19 2017

The Art of Cable Organization

by Nick Timberlake 2017 June 19

The art of cable organization

Having your electrical cables tangled in a heap of indiscernible mess can be a I right?

Imagine this: the IT guy just finished installing your new computer at work and you're really thrilled with the upgrade. You can't wait to start using it, except you start experiencing problems barely days in. Your cables are soon jumbled up; stumbling over them becomes routine; it’s stressful to make new connections. You start dreading handling of the cables and with time you only deal with switching on and off your PC.

If this happens often for you, then I have a solution for you: the art of cable organization. This article will discuss how you can better manage all those pesky cables and avoid accidents.


What is cable organization?

Cable organization is, simply put, the art of properly arranging cables so as to preserve them and protect the user from harm. By doing so, we are able to save time and avoid unnecessary accidents. We all know that our cables are essential to a robust and effective workplace communication; and as such, it is imperative that we take care of them. 

The next question that needs to be answered now is: How can I achieve this? Well, there are a couple of simple methods that I would suggest, which are pocket-friendly and use readily available materials.


How to organize cables

Plug labeling

This is the most basic way of creating order. Through labeling, it becomes easier to differentiate the different plugs for different appliances, hence avoiding connecting to the wrong one. You could use a simple marker pen or color stickers.


Cable labeling

I would use this in cases where you have many cables sourcing from or to a single appliance. Home theaters or PCs are good examples of appliances with such cables. My best suggestion would be the use of tags, wraparound labels or sleeves. The above provides for easy marking of the cables.


Cable lacing

By lacing your cables, you use thin linen-waxed cords along the cables to hold them together and create tight clutches. Lacing usually applies to the office environment where we have dozens and dozens of cables running all over the place.


Running them through cable

Imagine a pipe-like object in which one could insert cables to better direct them to a single output. That is a perfect example of how this concept works. It integrates cables together to form one channel. Many households employ this method as it is simpler, less hassling and neat.


Clipping and stapling to walls

Stapling to walls is self-explanatory. It’s done along the walls of the house and is most applicable where kids are involved. Clipping involves the use of a clip to secure a cable to a point and is more often used after finishing with the cables. It becomes easier to remember where you clipped it.


Build a cable hiding-and-charging station with outlets

This technique requires the input of a professional to design a fixed station to house the cables. An outlet for the cables is created for various appliances. Personally, I think this method is the safest as it avoids the hassle of continuously connecting and disconnecting cables.

Wow, I know, how easy was that? The art of cable organization is so simple that we should all try it. Even better, it provides convenience and safety. Just make sure that all cables and wires are properly installed and associated with the right equipment.

I noticed that we all hate stray cables at home or at work, and that is why I decided to be Santa's little helper today and offer a helping hand to all of you in the same predicament.

Feel free to try out any of the methods, after all the article was meant to help out!

Nick Timberlake
#1 Nick TimberlakeAuthor 18 March, 2014, 12:37 Nick is an avid writer and a sports fanatic. He came from a small town in Australia but now living in Southern California.