If you are like me, you may have found yourself with a drawer or two of computer accessories and hardware. If that is the case I would guess that you may have found yourself endlessly digging through them trying to find a wifi adapter, USB cord or other cable for minutes on end without success. How can you tame the mess? The answer is simpler than you think.
So, what is the answer? Organization. But how can you easily organize dozens of cables and accessories? Storage bags of course. I have found clear zipper bags work the best as you can group a number of items together and write the contents of them on the outside. Although it may sound redundant to write a description on the bag it comes in handy when looking in a drawer packed with cables that all blend together. So be sure to label them, it will only help you when you least expect it.
I organized my cables and accessories by the following types:
- Video Cables – This includes HDMI/VGA/DVI cables and as well as accessory such as adapters and gender changers.
- Audio Cables – Optical and stereo cables as well as stereo splitters and extension cables. Other cables are included as well such as Stereo to RCA adapters and the inverse RCA to stereo adapter.
- Networking – Ethernet cables of varying length, rolled and tied together. Extra USB wifi adaptors and adapters to join Ethernet together are all included.
- Internal Case Cables – This is a more broad category as it includes the few extra internal case cables I have. SATA, Molex and PCI Power cables are in this group.
- Computer Tower Parts – Tool-less drive installation pieces, drive bay covers fan installation pieces are in this group. Screws and other fasteners are also included.
Tip: To better keep your bags contents organized, use twist ties, zip ties or Velcro straps to keep cables from tangling or grouping items together.
You can organize your cables any way you choose. However this list can be a good starting point, especially if you have the variety of components similar to what I have.
Once in bags, you can arrange them with any other items that didn’t make it in them inside your drawer. I keep single/odd shaped items loose as well as frequently used items. With most of my cables in bags it makes it very manageable to keep these seperate, especially if you organize space for the bags to have their own space instead of on top or intermixed with other items.
I hope you found this helpful, I know it has been one of the best organizational things I have done recently. How do you organize your spare parts and accessories when not in use? Let everyone know in the comments below!