Introduction: Color Coded Cable Ties and Labels

Here's an easy trick that helps me in my ongoing struggle to keep track of the million or so cords in a non-tangly way.

These could be used to keep your chargers under control or to let you identify all the cords on your power strip at a glance.  The latter may keep you from accidentally unplugging your DVD player mid-movie or game console mid-level...not that I am speaking from experience or anything.

Step 1: Materials

Here's what you'll need...
  • As many colors of duct tape as you like
  • Velcro
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

Step 2: Form Tie

To make the tie...
  1. For small cords (chargers, iPod cables, etc.) 4 inches covers it.
  2. Fold Tape into thirds
  3. Stick one piece of Velcro to the end of the tape
  4. Stick the corresponding piece of Velcro on the opposite side about 3/4 of the way down

Step 3: Create Label

To make into a label...
  1. Punch a hole in the tape beneath the second piece of Velcro
  2. Make a cut from the end of the tape to the hole
  3. Wrap a small piece of cut tape around one end to form a tab
  4. Add tiny pieces of Velcro to each side allowing the tab to open and close
  5. Attach to cord
  6. Add descriptions if you like
Hope this saves someone from having to deal with a giant nest of cords. 

Thanks for checking this out!