Happy Groundhog Day! Today stands for two things: Judging how many days are left of winter and the pop culture reference made famous by legendary Bill Murray where he lives in a time loop and experience the same day over and over.
When it comes to getting organized and dealing with clutter, you can tend to experience your very own Groundhog Day (the Bill Murray one that is).
Has this ever happened to you? You pull out an electronic only to find the batteries are dead. When you go in search of a charger or a USB, there is a tangled web of cords that could go to any number of electronics. So you spend twenty minutes trying to plug the proper cord into the port it fits. Over and over you experience this mess.
Instead of experiencing an electrical Groundhog Day over and over, take a little time to get organized and break the cord curse.
Find All Cords, Batteries and Electronics
Too often, the different accessories are scattered about your home. You keep some in the kitchen junk drawer, a few in a box in the closet; others are stuffed in a dresser. To get organized, you first have to do a little scavenger hunt to locate all of the different cords, plugs, batteries and wires.
Once you’ve collected all of these items, retrieve all the electronics they could go to.
Now, hopefully for the last time, plug and play until you’ve identified which cords go where and group the accessories with their given electronic device.
Bag and Label
Now that you’ve successfully grouped all of your electronic odds and ends, bag the items based on the electronics they go with and label them.
According to Ron Good, owner of Locker Room Mini Storage, there are a few safety and preservation methods you should take to make sure the accessories and the electronics last while stored.
“If there are any batteries remove them and don’t store them as they can leak or cause corrosion. Put any electronics in a sealed container along with silica gel packets to absorb any moisture so it doesn’t ruin your electronics,” says Good.
Once you’ve identified, bagged and labeled, and safely stored your electronics and their accessories, store these items in a smart way that makes sense for your home. Kitchen electronics should naturally go in the kitchen. Media electronics could go in an entertainment center. Just make sure where you stow the items is somewhere you can remember easily the next time you go in search for your electronics.
Don’t get trapped in your organization Groundhog Day. Take a few hours and avoid ever having to do the electronics search ever again.