Digital Declutter Challenge #2: Label Cords

The Digital Decluttter. label all of the cords in your home and office

We’re back for the second day of the Get Organized! Digital Declutter Challenge. Today we begin in earnest to start bringing some order to your digital clutter. The goal today is to label all of the cords in your home and office that are used to charge any electronic device you are currently using. Cords often look alike, so it is very helpful to put a label on each one to remind you:

  1. Which device it charges
  2. To whom the device belongs

For example:

Label your cords

A label can be made with a labelmaker, but if you don’t have one, you can write with a Sharpie on masking or washi tape and fold the tape over the cord. Another option is to buy labels like these.

Be sure to label the cords for:

  • Laptop/Desktop
  • Tablet
  • Nook/Kindle/e-reader
  • Notebook
  • Phone
  • Wearable (e.g. Fitbit)
  • Handheld Game
  • Gaming System
  • Camera
  • Toys
  • Portable Battery
  • Electronic Picture Frame

For now, don’t worry about old cords that you don’t use. Instead, focus on labeling everything that is currently in use by any member of the household, including any new devices that have arrived over the holidays. Going forward, label the cord for every new device you acquire.


This is a small task with a huge productivity payoff. How many cords did you need to label?

9 thoughts on “Digital Declutter Challenge #2: Label Cords”

    1. I bet you have quite a few devices, and also label the girls toys. You are so organized, though, that you probably know exactly which cord belongs where! Happy “back to it” day!

    1. I’m right there with you on the teenager issue. Now I find clients with little ones are having this struggle as so many have electronic gaming devices and toys that need to be charged. It is just a good habit for everyone to make this an automatic part of acquiring and using any electronic device!

  1. I really hate having labels sticking out from cords. I wonder if you could use different colored markers to indicate what chargers were for what, e.g. blue for the iPhone, red for the tablet, etc. Unfortunately, you’d have to put a mark on both the device and the cord to keep track of it all, and if you own a lot of gadgets, it might be hard finding good markers in enough colors to do it.
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    1. I think it comes down to personal preference. If you only need to keep track of your own items, a piece of washi tape on both the device and cord would work. This could be wrapped around so it doesn’t stick out, and the tape comes in so many patterns and colors that you could make a different “label” for each!

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