Decluttering Your Home - The Small Stuff

January 10, 2020

Decluttering Your Home

No matter the size of your home, I think we can all agree that less cluttered your home is the more comfortable it will feel. Decluttering is a huge topic, and can be overwhelming. Break through decluttering anxiousness by separating the project into three categories: collectibles, paper stuff, and cables/cords.

Collectibles: No matter the subject of your collection, anyone can curate their items to prevent crowding. No need to grab a garbage bag and start clearing shelves. Instead, reduce clutter by editing the group and displaying the best in show as a tightly-edited group, rather than having similar pieces displayed throughout your house.

Paper Stuff: Gather any collections or piles of newspapers, magazines, books, old mail, items pinned to the fridge door, etc. Slow down and consider if you really need to keep each item. Magazine racks, bookcases, and other storage solutions make great homes for the magazines and books worth saving. Fill photo albums or scrapbooks with those fridge keepsakes, you collected as well.

Cables and Cords: Cords and cables tangled on the floor are a total eyesore, as well as a dust trap. The untidiness of cable clutter makes a home appear messy and unkempt. If you are suffering from a serious case of cable clutter, there are several ways to resolve this issue.

Conquering Cord Clutter - the three main types of cords we have at home

  • The cords we use every day
  • The cords that stay plugged in but are hanging out all over the place
  • The cords that we have no idea about but hang on to "just in case"

Step 1: Gather All Your Cords

First, we’re tackling the loose cords. Pick a flat area that has enough space to lay out all your cords and chargers such as a bed, kitchen table or area on the floor. Grab any cord that's not attached or plugged into anything. Check everywhere and don’t forget desk drawers, boxes in the garage, etc.

Next lay all the cords out in your workspace. Be sure to untangle them and wrap them loosely into their own individual piles. Avoid wrapping cords too tightly since it can damage the inner wires. Store your cords in neat bundles using velcro cord ties or reusable fastening cables.

Step 2: Label Your Cords

To properly label your cords, you have to know what they're for. The easiest way to start this step, is to starting with the cords that are plugged in. Label the cords for your computer, your entertainment setup, and charging stations. Position the labels as close to the ends of the cords as possible, so they're easy to identify in the future.

Once your plugged-in cords are labeled circle back to the various cords you gathered, and tidied in your workspace. Label the identifiable cords first and then move onto the random ones. If your random cords are completely unidentifiable by the other members of your household, you may want to dispose of them (properly of course.) Though we won't judge you if you want to continue to keep them just in case.

Remember, any new electronics that you buy will most likely come with its own cables.

If you keep your random cords, separate from the distinguishable cords that go with your current devices. This will make finding the spare cords you need much easier when you're looking for that spare phone charger or aux cable.

Step 3: Organize Your Cords

If there are unsightly tangled cords that creep out from behind your tv or around your desk they'll need attention too. Sometimes a simple adjustment in trailing your cords can make a huge difference in how neat they look. For example, your desk may look a lot neater if you threaded your laptop cord behind your desk rather than having it dangle in front.

There are also helpful products available such as corral cords, from zip cables to cable management sleeves and boxes that camouflage cords into a hub-like configuration.

Just because we are used to seeing cord clutter in our own homes doesn't mean it's an ideal situation. Tame cord chaos to increase your home's feeling of serenity.