How do you store all your extra wires

Posted on 2009-04-26
Last Modified: 2013-11-18
Ok this might sound like an odd question but I need to find a way to store all my extra wires that I have hanging around.  Right now I just have them in a big box, but even if I try to keep them organized in there I seem to always mess it up when searching for a wire that I might have at the bottom of the box.  I was thinking of using a shelving unit and place them all neatly on each shelf, but thought that seemed like a waste of space.  Just curious what everyone else does with the multitude of extra wires that we all have from years of working with electronics.

Again sorry for the lame question but need to do something otherwise my wife is going to make me throw them all out!!!

Question by:MrWeen
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    Accepted Solution

    I have them in my garage in one of those cheap multi-drawer rubbermaid type rolling carts.  Each drawer is labeled on the outside with the type of cable.  (IE, Network cable, RCA cable, XLR Cable).

    When I run out of room in a drawer, that usually means I have more than several life-time's supply of cables and is a point at which I'm comfortable fishing out the crappiest looking cable in the drawer and chucking it in the trash or on ebay.

    That way, I usually have whatever cable I am looking for, but at the same time, I don't keep them ALL and over time, the quality of the "spares" increases.

    Of course, I have been fighting the urge to get a second storage unit... ;)
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    Assisted Solution

    Use wire ties and zip bags to organize the cables no matter what type of storage you put them in or on.  Most cables come folded and wiretied, so that's the way I store them.  If two cables are simliar in function, but only go with a certain type of device (especially USB cables, not always the same from one camera to the next), I use a piece of masking tape and write the device name on it and fold it around one end of the cable before folding and storing it.

    Putting the cables in zip bags also keeps them from getting all tangled around each other.  They make snack size bags good for most little USB type cables, and quart bags are good for most power cables without their own surge protector built in, and gallon size bags are good for the larger power cables with the surge boxes on them.

    Once you have them packaged or wiretied, you can throw them in a tub or on a shelf either one.  Or as lkraven said, use a multi-drawer unit to sort them by type.

    Hope this helps.  It really helps me to keep all my cables straight.
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    Assisted Solution

    If you have the wall space, a pegboard system works real well.

    You roll each cable and label it and then hang it on the peg.

    At quick glance you can see if you have the cable that you need.

    Good Luck!
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    Assisted Solution

    Use that extra wall space in the garage - most of the vertical space near the ceiling is unused.  Put some long 3" drywall screws in at spaced intervals and hang your cables that you've twist-tied already.  You can mount some 2x4's lengthwise to provide attachment points for the screws.  Now you can see everything at a glance, as arthurjb suggested.
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    Assisted Solution

    Similar to the peg board ideas suggested above

    Author Comment

    Wow,  thanks everyone who replied.  I'm going to take all ideas and see what works best for me.  I think it's only fair to divide the points among all those who replied.  Again these ideas are more then I expected and thanks for taking the time to reply.


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