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13 Cord Winders & Charging Docks To Help You Conquer Your Cords

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

If there’s one small factor that can subtly bring a household or an office down it’s charging cords.

We might not be robots quite yet, but we might as well be, since our reliance on our devices makes them more like extensions of ourselves than tools. Like we humans need sleep, our robot pieces need the recharge.

The busier the household, the more phones, computers, tablets, and e-readers there are, the more cords there are to wrangle and keep track of. Some family member has always taken that one cord over to his room and then that other person can’t remember what happened to the kindle cord and Apple has so generously (ahem) given you a pair of white tangle-prone earbuds every time you’ve purchased anything–even though you don’t even like earbuds–along with a stupidly short usb cord and adaptor, and so your drawers are overflowing with usb’s and tangled earbud cord knots, and you’re like “AHHH, HELP SOMEONE! WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS? WHY DOES LIFE HAVE TO BE SO HARD???”

Oh, hey, turns out it doesn’t. Call me the cord management angel, ’cause I’ve got some really stellar ways to make sure cords actually stay in one place, that they remain as much out of your sight as possible in said place, and that no matter where they’re living, they’re wound into neat and tidy submission.

Finally--I won't have to look at a mess of charging cords and earbuds again!

1. Charge Station in White

2. Converge Universal USB Docking Station

3. Quirky Converge Universal USB Docking Station

4, Bamboo Wood Charge Dock Stand

5. Jonathan Adler Smart Phone Dock

6. Powercurl Mini Universal Grey

7. Powercurl Mini POP Teal

8. Goldie CableKeep Green

9. Readeel Magnetic Data Cable Cord Organizer /Headset Earphone Wrap Winder

10. Driftwood iPhone Charging Dock

11. Wooden USB Desk Organizer

12. Aluminum & Wood Apple Watch Charging Dock for iWatch & iPhone Stand Holder for iPhone

13. Satechi 7-Port USB Charging Station Dock

 

 

 

 

 

15 Brilliant New Uses For Binder Clips

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

After writing yesterday’s post about the superiority of binder clips to paper clips, I sort of fell down the well. That is, my own post worked so effectively on me that afterwards I was left marveling at the genius of the binder clip.

Really, when you think about it, it is truly fantastic in design: a remarkable amount of tension contained in a sleek, compact, smaller than my palm-sized frame. 

When you think about it some more–which it’s becoming increasingly obvious that I did– it occurs to you that the limit of scenarios in which the binder clip might be useful seems infinite. Some particular uses are admittedly more ghetto than others (I’m looking at you binder-clip-as-a-money-clip, also: binder-clip-as-a-cufflink) and as a proponent of beauty and aesthetics, I cannot wholly abide those. But the point is: in a jam, a binder clip is apt to solve nearly any quandary. 

Now that I have you at the edge of your seats, heads leant over so as to be practically knocking into the computer screen with curiosity, I shall provide you with a guided tour of the binder clip’s versatility.  Continue reading

Product Review: MOS Cable Organizer

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Back in Electrical Cord Management (Part 1) and Electrical Cord Management (Part 2), I expounded on the aim of keeping one’s cables under control. I might have added the subject of today’s post into Part 1 & 2, had I only known of its existence.

Product Review: MOS Cable Organizer // Live Simply by Annie

The MOS (Magnetic Organization System) began as a Kickstarter project. If pledges allude to a product’s real world worth, this thing is well, really worth it. The MOS guys far exceeded their goal of $6,850– the Kickstarter community pledged a cool $29,376, which, if nothing else, reveals just how desperate everyone is to get their cables managed.

The mass support seems to have been garnered legitimately. Having used it out myself, I can attest that the MOS does all it claims, and that moreover, its creators seem to have thought of everything regarding its design and function; it’s a palm-sized, sleek and discrete triangular object that sits atop any surface and holds cables in place by magnetization. Just lay the cable on the MOS and it’s secured, rather than flailing helplessly to the ground/oblivion.

Product Review: MOS Cable Organizer // Live Simply by Annie

The base features “micro-suction tape, a non-sticky, high friction tape which uses thousands of microscopic air pockets to secure the MOS to your desk without any leftover residue.”

So then you’re all, “But what if I want to move it or it gets gross?”

Thought of that.

“If it ever gets dirty and loses its suction it can be brought back to its original suction strength with a quick rinse of water.”

Then there’s the matter of your cables not being magnetized enough for the MOS.

They thought of that too.

Each box comes with three rubber cable ties that can easily provide lackluster cords with adequate metal for cable stay-in-placed-ness.

Product Review: MOS Cable Organizer // Live Simply by Annie

I stuck the MOS on my entry table so that it would be conducive to harnessing the iPhone charger cord I keep plugged into the wall behind it which, when otherwise relieved of its charger duties, lays limply all across the floor like some skinny white snake, annoying me endlessly because hello, I like things just so.

It worked and that was cool. Oh, my charger cord didn’t work, but the cable tie provided did the trick as promised and the cord stayed put. And I was all, “I’m being purposeful about using this for the sake of review, la la.”

Then there was the time I didn’t think about using it. Yesterday afternoon, about to make a quick grocery trip, I unplugged my not-yet completely charged phone. Knowing I would want to plug it back in upon return, I actually thought to myself for a split second, “Man I wish there was a way I could keep this in place while I run out.” And then it was right in front of me! And I was all “Yipee!” And all the way to the grocery store I was thinking, “I got it now. I get it. Gonna write this review. Let’s do it. Ooh! Girl scout cookies!”

In summary: MOS = a solid, cable management product that you’ll hardly notice is there, but will always want around.

If you’re interested, the MOS is available through Amazon, and comes in black white and aluminum.

*The MOS crew gifted me their creation, meaning that I got it for free people. We made no verbal, written, or email contract as to what I would say about it, meaning all those words above are coming from deep inside my own brain. You better believe that. If I was sent a product I hated, I probably just wouldn’t review it. Or I would write a scathing piece, wouldn’t that be fun (say yes)? Bye.