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Tag Archives: Organization

Soba Cable Organizer Cleans Up That Mess Behind Your Monitor

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Most of us choose to entirely ignore the area behind our monitors, just because we’re too lazy to deal with the spaghetti clutter of cables. If the putting-your-head-in-the-sand technique is running thin, you could try to give the Soba cable organizer from Bluelounge. Just slip them all into the “Vortex tube”and place them where you want it. The kit comes with 3 mounting caps, which can be affixed to any surface and help route the tube in your desired path. There’s even a Y-split, in case some of your cables have completely different destinations. For $25, it’s a cheap and efficient way to today up your living space.

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Trunk Dividers Stop Stuff From Sloshing Around In Your Trunk

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Some of us drive around with trunks that aren’t full to the brim with useless crap, so when we go to the store to buy a gallon of milk (because someone forgot to mention we were out before the groceries were done) and put it in there, it tends to roll around for the entire drive home. It’s a first world problem, clearly, but for $13 you can fix it if it bothers you that much. The Stayhold dividers stick to the carpet that lines most car trunks, and can be placed any way you like. Create compartments where you can put only a few items, or remove them altogether when it’s time to fit the large suitcase and mozy on over to the airport for that vacation you’ve been dreaming of all year.

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Great Balls Of Wire Cable Management

Great Balls Of Wire (Image courtesy Søren Refsgaard)
By Andrew Liszewski

They’re really nothing more than a rubber ball with a slit cut in the side, but a simple design coupled with a cute pun of a product name makes me wish these Great Balls Of Wire were all over my home. Created by Søren Refsgaard, they’re designed to store excess lengths of cable (up to 5 feet, depending on thickness) which can be quite simply bundled up and crammed inside, making things look neat and tidy under your desk or behind your home theater. They’re also available in 6 bright colors to match your decor, which makes them more appealing than simply taking a knife to a tennis ball. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find them for sale anywhere, so if anyone stumbles across them, please feel free to share.

[ Great Balls Of Wire ] VIA [ Better Living Through Design ]

DrawerDecor Custom Organizers

DrawerDecor (Images courtesy Daily Grommet)
By Andrew Liszewski

In addition to drawers full of random utensils in my kitchen, as a gadget writer I also have drawers full of random chargers, cables, adapters and other contraptions I use regularly enough that I’m hesitant to throw them out. I also happen to be the type who likes his crap fairly well organized, so Keith Neilson’s DrawerDecor organization system immediately caught my eye.

Its real beauty is how modular and easy to configure it is. You start off with a ‘BaseMat’ made of sticky food-grade silicone that you trim to fit the bottom of the drawer, or even places like toolboxes and cupboards. By itself it ensures anything you place on it won’t slide around as it’s opened or closed. But the system is taken one step further with the included ‘Divitz’ dividers which stick to the BaseMat creating an infinite number of custom-sized slots for even the most irregularly shaped item. (It should definitely keep my N-Gage in place.) A 16-piece set in red, blue, orange, purple or lime runs $24.95, while a “Mix n’ Match” 3-pack is $74.85, or exactly the same price as 3 regular sets.

[ DrawerDecor ] VIA [ Better Living Through Design ]

AC Adapter Rangers

AC Adapter Rangers (Images courtesy iida)
By Andrew Liszewski

To some people, a tangled cord or a desk full of messy cables can be an emergency worthy of calling in the fire brigade. But you can save yourself the hefty fines from calling 911 for your so-called ‘emergency’ and get a set of these AC Adapter Rangers instead. They’ll work diligently to ensure the charging cable for your phone is always in reach, and once they’re set to the task you can rest assured knowing your cords will remain tangle free. A set of two AC Adapter Rangers are available from iida for about $22 (1,880 YEN) and it looks like they even come with a colorful children’s book highlighting their past heroics.

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[CES 2009] Cocoon Bags Feature ‘The Grid’ Elastic Organization System

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By Andrew Liszewski

Cocoon Innovations was one of the hundreds of companies to email me a pre-CES press release about their new products being unveiled at the show this year. And while the images they sent of the company’s line of cases, briefcases and laptop bags showed off their unique designs on the outside, it really wasn’t enough to pique my curiosity. Thankfully though, I happened to stumble across the Cocoon Innovations booth on the last day of the show, and it turns out it’s what’s on the inside of their cases that truly makes them unique.

Instead of a bunch of random (and restrictive) pockets designed to only fit specific items like pens, cellphones or PDAs, the Cocoon bags feature the company’s ‘Grid’ system which is a proprietary web of elastic fabric designed to securely hold any object in almost any configuration. Basically, it’s the most flexible compact storage system I’ve ever seen.

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And the elastic grid isn’t randomly thrown together either. It’s actually strategically designed to accommodate objects of all shapes and sizes while always maintaining sufficient tension so your electronics, cables and other gear doesn’t come loose while in transport. As someone who’s a bit (cough!) obsessed with being organized, I think it’s a brilliant idea, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. And while they didn’t have any specific pricing info, the company is actually planning to target the Caselogic demographic (for lack of a better description) by keeping their cases extremely affordable.

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Groqit Remembers Your Purchases Even If You Don’t

Groqit (Image courtesy Groqit, LLC.) By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve ever accidentally bought the same album, book or DVD twice because you forget you already had a copy at home, then to be honest, you have too many albums, books or DVDs. (Seriously, you don’t need to serve as a redundant backup for the Library of Congress.) But if you just can’t help yourself, and don’t want to carry long lists of what you already own, the Groqit will serve as your own personal librarian. It’s basically a pen-sized scanner that reads, stores and organizes barcodes from most consumer products. So the next time you’re at the store and aren’t sure if you already own a particular item, you can just scan the barcode and the Groqit will let you know if it’s already in your collection.

While it only has 128MB of storage on-board, that’s enough to keep track of more than a million barcodes, so there’s a good chance you’re not going to fill it up in your lifetime. One feature I particularly like is the company’s online service that will not only translate the barcode data into actual product info, but also allows you to share your lists with others. So the next time you’re trying to pick out a DVD for a friend’s birthday, you can avoid the embarrassment of choosing a title they already own. The Groqit pen is available on their site for $95, while the online service is $4.95 a month.

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Compact Retractable Extension Cord

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By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re an obsessive-compulsive type when it comes to organizing cables (guilty) then this retractable extension cord should bring some peace of mind. (I’m not the only one who loses sleep over messy cables right?) With only 5 feet of cord it’s pretty limited as to where you can use it, but the cable winds back into the base so you can keep things looking neat and tidy. It also features 2 ungrounded outlets on the base, which is unfortunately another limit when it comes to how and where you can use it. But with a price tag of $12.98 from FullOfLife.com, I guess you get what you pay for.

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Wall Cleats – Another Tool For The War On Cables

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By Andrew Liszewski

While these Wall Cleats are by no means the perfect solution to organizing a large mess of cables, they do provide a very simple way to avoid the occasional cable loop sitting on your floor. Installing the Cleats is as easy as replacing the faceplate on your wall outlet, but I’d probably be worried about looping too much cable onto it since it’s only attached to the wall with a single screw.

The prototype was created by designer Karl Zahn, and while a couple of his creations are actually available for sale, unfortunately this one isn’t.

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