Getting Rid of the Cord Mess Easily

There is an easy and an attractive way of getting rid of the cord mess!  Cheap!  If you are like most modern families, there is somewhere in your house that is a messy jumble of cords – cell phones, e-readers, computers, tablets… But, today, I am going to share with you a tutorial on how to clean up and camouflage the mess!  In fact, some visitors have even thought my cord box was a recipe box!  So, grab some coffee and let’s get going!  

Getting Rid of the Cord Mess via Mini Van Dreams #organization #DIY

I have been tossing an idea around in my head similar to this for a while.  I kept debating on the best container to use – I didn’t want it to be plastic or see-through, but when I found this decorative cardboard box with a magnetic closure… I knew it would be perfect.  Then, I was contacted by Nite Ize® for a review and they sent me some samples of their Gear Ties®, I knew immediately what I could use them for!

Getting Rid of the Cord Mess via Mini Van Dreams #organization #DIY

Supplies:

  • Decorative cardboard box
  • Nite Ize’s® Gear Ties® in assorted sizes – I used 3″ and 6″ sizes
  • craft knife
  • pencil
  • something round to trace circle

 

Directions:

1.  On back of box, trace circle with pencil.  Using craft knife, carefully cut along the circle.

Getting Rid of the Cord Mess via Mini Van Dreams #organization #DIY

2.  Separate cords (Sorry, it has to be done!).  Determine the Gear Tie® sizes needed for each cord.

3.  Feed socket through hole in box.  Wind up the extra cord and wrap with Gear Tie®.  Make sure you leave a “tail” on the end you plug into your device.

Getting Rid of the Cord Mess via Mini Van Dreams #diy #organization

4.  Plug the cord ends into the outlet, then using Gear Ties®, group them into one bundle, if desired.  (The picture below is horrible, but its up under the cupboards.)

Getting Rid of the Cord Mess via Mini Van Dreams #organization #diy

5.  Neatly place cords into the box, ensuring cord “tails” are on top and easily accessible.

6.  To use a particular plug, pull it out and close the lid around it gently, or just leave the lid open.

Getting Rid of the Cord Mess via Mini Van Dreams #DIY #organization

I had never heard of Gear Ties®, until Nite Ize® contacted me for a review.  They are  amazing!  They are basically reusable rubber twist ties.  You can fold them, twist them, tie them.  Then take them off and reuse them again!  Don is already eyeing the larger ones for the cords and other stuff in the garage and car trailer.  I’m not sure how I lived without them!  I even have a couple in my purse right now! I use them to hold my measuring cups and spoons together, to tie Mo’s hair back for a few minutes, and to hold ribbon to the spool.  They are very, very versitaile.  The prices are outstanding too!  You can get a 4 pack of 5″ ties for less than $5!  You can also get an assortment of a bunch of sizes for less than $25.  Definitely, check the website out and do some shopping!  The 3″ and 5″ ones were used in this project and are perfect for tying up cords neatly.  They also have other really cool products – phone covers, bike lights and mounts, and flashlights!

This momma gives Gear Ties® TWO THUMBS UP!

 

Getting Rid of the Cord Mess via Mini Van Dreams #organization #DIY

For this review and project, I received one tube of assorted Gear Ties® in exchange for my honest, and unbiased opinions.