I guess this goes hand in hand with my previous blog post about my bullet journaling... things being in order and all... It just goes to prove how fussy I can sometimes be.
Today I'm going to share with you my #LifeHack with regards to cords.
Yes, those things that hang off of our small appliances, specifically the ones we put away when we're done using them. From kitchens to bathrooms, small appliances abound. Hand mixers, panini presses or waffle makers (did you know you could make a panini in a waffle maker? Not all styles, but works on some! Maybe a post for another day...), hair dryers, curling irons - you name it. I bet you could name a few appliances that have cords that get taken out and put away regularly.
Are you wrapping cords around the appliance? That's not great. the wrapping can actually kink the wiring inside the insulation (that exterior rubber part) and besides - it never stays tight enough and when you pull out the <insert appliance here> the cord unwraps.
Same can be said for stuffing the cord into the handle - when there's a handle around for stuffing.
Here's what I do - and it's FREE!
I gently fold the cord back and forth and slip into a discarded toilet paper roll. The pressure of the cord keeps the roll in place, and my cords aren't hanging all around getting ruined or tangled with other stuff. This also works with discarded paper towel rolls, either cut in half, or if you have a really long cord I guess.
But TP rolls aren't the only free thing I used to manage cord mayhem. I use chopsticks! Yep, The ones that come with the Chinese delivery, or brought home from the restaurant. (Of course, they're cleaned.)
Now, clearly this works when there's a handle on the appliance.
Looks confusing? It's not.
Step 1: Gently fold the cord in half and guide the loop over the appliance and under the handle (or in the case of my slow cooker, up the unit and through the loop handle on the lid.)
Step 2: Bend the loop over the handle and separate the loop so you can grab the cords leading to the handle.
Step 3: Pull those 'under cords' up and slide the chopstick over the loop part, under the 2 'under cords' and over the loop part (I hope my picture is clear there.)
And voila! Contained cord!
Okay - I admit this was a dorky post, but things like this make me smile. I also have labels in our bathroom line closet so my hubby puts things in the right place so I can find them! Like, we have a shelf for "Hair & Face" things, a shelf for "Dental" things, a shelf for "First Aid" - yep - I'm pretty geeky that way.
I hope I've made you smile & helped you out in some way!
I'd love if you shared with me some of the ways YOU keep organized and tidy! Comment below!
About Isabelle Peterson
Contemporary Women's author.