Wireless networks like Sprint’s up and coming Sprint Spark™ capability are getting faster and faster, making it easy for us to depend on our mobile devices and cut the chords. Yet, as we move forward into the future, we’ve still regrettably got some things tying us back. Literally. While we all eagerly wait for more and more of our devices to go wireless, cords will have to be endured. We have to charge those wireless devices at some point, anyway. For the time being, at least, cables are a fact of digital life.
But, that doesn’t mean we have to put up with a tangled mess. There are plenty of solutions out there that will put the back of your desk or TV stand in order. Because, if you’re going to have to put up with being tethered down, you might as well have it look nice.
A wastebasket? Well, it’s a basket, but not for waste. The CableBin has slit running down the side and a little outlet up top that you can run cords through. Inside the bin, you can stuff all those ungainly cords out of sight and out of mind. While you’re at it, you can affix routers, modems, and surge protectors to the inside of the bin thanks to adhesive hooks. You can get the CableBinfor $90 in either a dark or light wood laminate finish.
It happens often enough. You unplug a device, and the cord shoots off your desk and into the depths below like a balrog got ahold of it. Then you have to crawl under the desk, and you know there’s a good 25-30 percent chance you’re whacking the back of your head when you come back up.
Or, you could just grab a few CableDrops. Coming in mini and full-sized versions, the CableDrop is a small clip that you can stick to the top or side of your desk. They’ll securely hold your cords, making sure they don’t slip down into the abyss – again. They’re cheap, too, at just $10 each.
I mean, you could just buy a bag of ties at the dollar store and be done with it, but do you really want to look at sad yellow plastic on your desk all the time? And really, there’s no yellow sadder than plastic tie yellow. The Leaf Tie says there’s another way – all the benefits of a tie (tying things) with all the beauty of early spring. Bringing a little bit of the outdoors in will only run you $7.
Have a lot of wires hanging around that are too long for their own good? Grab the Plug Hub. Designed to work with a surge protector, the Plug Hub is a box that can stand on the floor or be mounted on your wall. Inside, there are spools you can use to wrap your cords around, along with a few openings at the top to thread out only the amount of cord you need. No getting your feet tangled in a jungle of wires under your desk. The Plug Hub is going for $25.
Like the CableDrop above, Cordies hold your cords in place, preventing them from slipping beneath your desk when you unplug your devices. Cordies bring even more to the table, though, with four slots to hold cords stuffed in one package. No adhesive here, but Cordies do have a weighted base that will prevent them from moving around on your desk. They’re available at a discount now for $8.
Buddy Ear Buds and Cord Wraps
You have your choice of buddy – ghost or robo. Either way, your new googly-eyed friend will be a stalwart defender against earbud cord tangles. You can secure your earbuds and wrap the cords around the silicone body of the buddies. They do the job well, and look good doing it. Your new friend will cost you $18 over on Kikkerland Design.
MOS Magnetic Organization System
MOS uses the power of magnets to make sense of your cord mess. The small triangle can be set on your desk or stuck to the wall using an adhesive sticker, and will hold up the ends of most cables with magnetic hotspots on the device itself. For cords that aren’t magnet friendly, MOS comes with three magnetic cable ties. It’s a looser, more flexible solution to holding cords up when you need them, and it’ll run you $20 for the plastic version and $40 for the aluminum version.