Wednesday, November 14, 2007

This Would Have Worked For Me If I'd Had Sense To Do It A Long Time Ago...

OK, just had to pass this one along!

We're in the midst of packing up a four bedroom home, which shelters between 8 and 12 people and all their junk at any given time. While we've been unloading drawers and closets, we've run into a very disconcerting and annoying problem: hundreds of anonymous cords, adaptors and remotes.

Between my husband and me and our four teenage boys and all our electronic equipment, laptops, stereos, and cell phones, we must have collected 100 different kinds of wire-type thingamabobs and remote controls. And I haven't a clue which ones work and can be used, and which ones are broken or obsolete. Aghgh! So, I'm dumping them all in one box and hoping my sons can make sense of it all when we see them next week.

So what's the tip? Here it is: Somehow mark every adaptor and other cord that comes into your house with the name of the equipment to which it belongs! I'm taking a strip of electrical tape and marking with a sharpie all the ones I know for the time being. There is likely a more graceful way to do it, and I welcome ideas!!

Run over to Rocks In My Dryer for lots of great tips!

3 comments:

Kay said...

Lisa, I purchased a small pkg of Avery 8167 labels for printing return addresses when mailing, and have found the small size works well for labeling cords. I wrap the label around the cord near the end leaving a tab and with a fine point Sharpie identify what it belongs to. I wish I had thought of this about 250 adapters/rechargers ago!!

Lisa said...

Thanks, Kay! This is what I was looking for! Should make life easier from here on out. Now, to untangle the confusion we have right now with it! -gg-

Soutenus said...

I almost feel like it is too late to get started!!! I think I have one remote that I know works for one DVD player.
Well, 1 at a time. . . .
I love the idea and agree --- can't believe I did not think of this earlier.