Easy DIY Cable Organizer – Taming the Wire Monster

Taming the wire monster - easy cable organizer: i had to find a simple way to keep those cables out of sight. And i found one.

I was giddy with glee when the first wireless peripherals appeared on the market, and light-headed with excitement when wi-fi entered our vocabulary. We were promised a  wonderful wireless world.

OK, maybe we weren’t, but that’s what I hoped for. Instead I had to settle for a just-a-tad-less-wires world.

Taming the wire monster

In my pretty-wireless office, the Imac remotely talks to the Time Capsule, which in turn wirelessly speaks to my printer. And that’s that: I saved two cables. Ho-hum!

I still need power cables, telephone line to the router, LAN from the router to the Time Capsule and other assorted wires. And it’s not like I can cut a cable to fit the space, so I am left with a medusa-like jumble that pains my eyes and makes cleaning a hassle. I had to find a simple way to keep those cables out of sight. And I found one.

Taming the wire monster - easy cable organizer: i had to find a simple way to keep those cables out of sight. And i found one.

You see the cute box? That’s part of the solution.

It’s a very simple concept: I made a loop with the excess cables, tie them with a tie wrap, and hid them in the box through a hole in the back. I am sure some entrepreneur is already selling a plastic version of this somewhere. But mine cost nothing.

Making the box was pretty simple too. It’s basically a used  USPS Priority Mail box taped open. I added some internal support with pieces of styrofoam stapled in place and wrapped the box with packing tape to keep everything in place. Then I wrapped it with scrapbooking paperIr? T=dominicanccom 20&l=as2&o=1&a=b002x73j1k (Amazon affiliate link) and laminated cardstock.

Taming the wire monster - easy cable organizer: i had to find a simple way to keep those cables out of sight. And i found one. R

The box has one hole in the back for feeding the wires, one on top and at the bottom for ventilation (more below).

Because both the Time Capsule and the Router produce heat, I can’t just stack them on top of each other. I added “legs” to the box by glueing some plastic pieces I found in the toolbox. On top of the cable box I pinned nail-in glides to keep the Time Capsule from sitting directly on top of the box.

Taming the wire monster - easy cable organizer: i had to find a simple way to keep those cables out of sight. And i found one.

I also found that wire caps (also found in the tool box) snap tightly onto the glides the router came with. The extra 3/4″ height lets the router and Time Capsule “breathe”,  making ventilation easier.

I am doing some work on my little “office in a closet”, so I’ll keep you posted on my battle against unruly wires and filing disasters.

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3 Comments

  1. What a nice an beautiful solution! I'll aply something like this in my brother's bedroom, where the modem and router are… and yes, it's a nightmare of cables…

  2. I agree – wires are the devil's work! Unsightly, dangerous for little explorers and as you said hard to clean around. I like your pretty and practical solution.

  3. Great solutions Lana Mango :)Since buying our new iMac our airport wireless base station is not playing ball.. I really must sort it out, we have the internet going straight in the back of the iMac and no internet on my trusty old Macbook at the moment :(Cables are the pits.

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