Organize electronics chargers with toilet paper rolls

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Maureen has discovered the antidote to the Scary Drawer O'Random Chargers!

My past attempts to keep charger cords tidy were to wrap them up and use a twist tie to keep them together. But if I have to stretch the cord out to charge my device, I don't always take the time to recoil it, and then the drawer where I keep the cords turns into a tangled nest of wires. Plus, there are so many chargers, it's hard to quickly find which one I want.

See?

Scary Drawer O'Random Chargers!

Enter: toilet paper tubes! It's faster to coil up a cord and stuff it in a tube than to twist tie it. The tubes keep the chargers separated, and I can write on the tube which device the charger goes to. Have a look:

Lovely Drawer O'Organized Chargers

Andrew, I hope you appreciate Maureen's brilliance.

TAAAA-DAAAHHHHH! Maureen, are you hearing the thunderous applause?

What can I say? This is a perfect hack.

I do have another method for organizing chargers and small electronics, courtesy of my dear friend and primo professional organizer Nadine Levy of Management 180: the handy-dandy over-the-door shoe pocket organizer. Store one electronic device and its associated charger in each pocket (labeled, if you like).

Any more tips for keeping chargers organized?

RelatedUses for over-the-door pocket organizers

And: Other hacks involving toilet paper rolls

More: Tips for organizing your home

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Comments

  1. Lisa McGuigan says

    I also use my handy-dandy label-maker to label each charging plug (for cell phones, this is often the black transformer box … why they can’t standardize this item is beyond me). I’ll put something like “Bob’s phone – blue Samsung” to make it clear to anyone which item the charger is for. This would help in case the toilet paper roll gets misplaced or destroyed.

    I also saw at Staples the new Martha Stewart line of office products, which includes some fancy rubberbands w/labels that would probably work for this purpose.

  2. Cindy L says

    I use plain old Ziplock sandwich bags and a Sharpie. Sometimes, electronics come with multiple cords and odd-shaped accessories so those would fit better in a bag than a tube. Plus, you can store the instruction booklets in the bag as well. And nothing falls out if they were to get jumbled up in a drawer or basket, which is where most of my cords live.

  3. J. Emerson says

    I like to put a label on the plug end or on the cord with a tag so that when it’s plugged into a surge strip I can unplug the right plug(this also works great for TV,VCR,DVD etc.)that way you don’t unplug the wrong things.

  4. teri says

    Instead of labeling it “Fred’s phone”, I label it Droid 2. In our house, we tend to get new phones often and keep a few old ones in case one breaks. (This happens often enough that the extra clutter is justified. Our old phones have come in handy for friends too). I also use a label maker to label the actual charger. We have tons of chargers and this avoids any confusion. I so desperately wish there was more compatibility with chargers.

  5. says

    I have one drawer in the kitchen for electronics. Inside the drawer are several small boxes (old stationary, jewelry and check boxes) and a few strawberry baskets all lined up. Each has a label in the bottom with the name of the cord and what device it goes with. The cords themselves are simply coiled inside each box or rubberbanded, if it’s a huge, honkin’ cord.

    This cost me no money to make/install and it works amazingly well. The key is to label the bottom of each box so the rest of the family remembers where to put everything.

    Great post! I love how useful this site is!

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