Organising that jungle of cables you're hoarding

Several times I've seen these shows on TV about hoarders.
That seem like really sad people who don't know when to get rid of something, and I pity them.

So recently I moved house, and to my shocking surprise realised that I was in fact a hoarder to some extent.
Darn it!! I am one of those people. Well, I guess we are all to some extent. This brings me to the post.

So after unpacking one of my cupboards, I found tons and tons of cables that I just didn't want to get rid of.
Stuff that after thinking about it, was utterly useful. A huge mesh of telephone cable, RCA cables, aerial cables, power cables, old cell phone chargers, Vga cables and various others.
All these cables come in useful from time to time, and lot's don't. On top of this, when you do need a cable it's so darn difficult to get it out of the mesh, it's almost easier to run to the store and buy a new one. So determined to not throw away all my cable, I tried to create a way to organise the cables I needed, and here's what I came up with

I organised my cables/stuff into 4 categories:

  • AV Cables
    • RCA's
    • VGA
    • Mini Jack to RCA
    • TV Aerials
    • S-Video
    • Etc...
  • Data Cables
    • IPod Data cables
    • Hard Drive Data cables
    • Fire Wire
    • Phone/Camera Data cables
    • Etc...
  • Power Cables
    • Figure 8 cables
    • Kettle plug cables
    • Strange looking 3 hole cables
    • AC Adapters
    • Etc...
  • Old Cell Phone Stuff (needs refinement :))
    • Old Cell Phones
    • Old Cell Phone charges
    • Old Cell Phone data cables
    • Old Cell Phone memory sticks
    • Etc...

Ok, now I feel like I'm getting somewhere!
So I separated all my cables as above, wrapped them neatly and cabled tied them.
I went on to place them into separate clearly labeled packets, and put all the packets into a box in my garage.

Now I have a system of no mess, I can find cables easily when I need them and most important of all ... My wife is not leaving me :)

I'd love to hear other people's suggestions or solutions to this problem

posted @ Wednesday, September 03, 2008 9:20 AM