If you are like most people who use computers, you must have gone through the agony of dealing with spaghetti-like cables that hang loosely on the floor or on your working space.
Cluttered computer cables and wires could pose serious risks both to the machine as well as to the user. You may accidentally trip on them and as a result, you could suffer an injury or rip off the cable so much that you render it useless.
And, even though these risks are not too common, one major drawback of cluttered computer wires is the unpleasant sight they cause. It is generally believed that a cluttered workspace impacts negatively on employee focus and concentration.
So, do you want your productivity to be impaired by a condition you can easily and effectively correct? I guess not so if you are wondering how to organize computer cables and wires, this article is for you.
First things first….Push Out Your Desk
Naturally, you need enough space to begin reorganizing your cables and wires. And there is no better way to create this space than push out your desk.
Turn the Power off
This is something you can easily do. When turning off the power, remember not to focus only on the switch but the power supply as well.
You want to be sure you are not exposed to electric shock as you attend to the clutter.
Unplug all the Cables
After turning the power on, the next step is to unplug all cables from their respective units. Again, this is a no-brainer. However, chances are this is the first time you’re looking at the rear end of your computer hardware.
In order to ensure you do not mess things up during reconnection, you need to study the CPU carefully and note down the connections as you unplug them. All in all, you need not to fret much as new-generation computers are so intuitively designed that most cables will only fit in their respective ports.
Clean the Cables
Using a clean cloth, wipe off any dust, stains or sticky substances from the tables. While at it, be sure not to focus only on the central portions of the cables as opposed to their connection ends.
When done with cleaning the cables, clean the area where they are normally spread i.e. the floor or your office desk.
Label all the Cables
Labeling the cables will help you in case they get tangled again in future. The best part is that you can use your own criteria to label them as long as it is a pattern you find easy to remember. You can label them based on the devices they share. For example, you can group together audio wires, those that take power to the monitor etc.
However, a simple strategy is to use numerical values or tapes of different colors. When using tapes, roll small portions of it around the 2 ends of each wire, ensuring you assign a specific color for each cable. If you do not have any colored tapes handy, you can improvise stick-ons by coloring them using marker pens of different colors.
Wind Your Cables
After labeling, wind the cables carefully and secure them neatly using zip tie. Another alternative to zip ties is the cable sleeves. One advantage with cable sleeves is that not only can you add semi-permanent cables on the sleeves, it is also much easier to add or remove cables as opposed to zip ties. Use your best judgment to ensure the cables are neither too tight nor too loose.
When winding the cables, wind together those extra cables which you would not normally use on daily basis. For more bulky tissues, you can use empty tissue-rolls to bundle them up together. Also, you may consider winding them up in a manner that you shorten their length. This will greatly reduce cases of entanglement around your workstation.
TIP: If there is an invisible area around your workstation, ensure you hide most of the cables around that area. This way, the clutter will not be visible to everyone else but you. Focus on hiding those cables you do not often use, such as your phone charger.
Lastly….Reattach Your Cables
The last step is pushing your desk back and reconnecting the cables. Double check your connections and then turn on power.