Pretty much every PC owner has either had or is currently struggling with one of the most annoying problems that have struck mankind ever since the invention of desktop computers – unorganized cables.
Everyone who spends more than a couple of hours a day in front of a PC develops a certain inclination to upgrade their rig, and almost every time a new addition comes along, there’s always a new cable ready to hug the other twenty or so. Not managing your computer cables properly has been widely considered as a tolerable sin of sloth we all indulge in.
However, cable management isn’t just a thing of inconvenience – it can also become a safety hazard in certain situations. That’s just one of the reasons why today we’re going to talk about how you can address this issue in the most effective and least time-consuming way possible.
1. Safety first
First and foremost, you should unplug every cabled device from your PC, as starting from the very scratch is usually the best course of action. In any other case, you will probably waste countless hours finding the ends and the beginnings, which will often result in a bigger mess.
2. Put your power strip on a convenient location
Most people measure the shortest cable they have and put the power strip at the very end of it. This, of course, means that all of the longer cables will also have to fit in here, which obviously means that this isn’t such an optimal location. It would be way easier to simply get a bit longer cable so you don’t need to confine your options down to the shortest ‘straw’.
After you’ve taken care of this issue, you should find an adequate spot for your power strip. One of the best places where you can put it is right on the desk or on the wall behind your PC.
3. Wrap your cables
Wrapping your cables up is one of the final steps in finishing the managing process. Preferably, you’ll want to use a couple of Velcro straps as they will allow you to make adjustments easily later on if you need to wrap more cables in the future. Alternatively, you can use zip ties, but they’re a bit less convenient since they’re a bit more permanent. Luckily, though, zip ties are much easier to operate.
Make sure that you don’t die the cables up too tightly else you might damage the ones with weaker isolation.
4. Label the cables
This step is completely optional, but it’s pretty convenient. The final cable management process includes placing tiny paper strips on each cable with a simple tag that will allow you to differentiate them. You can use paper strips of different colors for better effects, but at the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide what’s the most convenient for you.
Some people like to avoid this step as adhesive tape on most clips can make even a bigger mess if it gets stuck to other nearby cables.