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« on: December 07, 2007 05:40:58 PM »

So I have a problem: I'm cleaning and (attempting to) de-clutter my room, but I have this ugly powerstrip hanging on the side of my bookcase/computer desk.

I can't move it anywhere because my computer/light/whatever cords won't reach that far, so it's a convenient location.

...but that doesn't excuse the fact that it's ugly.

Any ideas on how to cover this baby up so that it looks less protruding?

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Also, any tips for organizing cluttered spaces?
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2007 11:06:31 AM »

I feel your pain.  I have a huge power cord I keep stepping on b/c it's plugged into everything in my room from my PS2, tv, alarm clock, lamp, printer and computer.  I need to declutter my bedroom, too.

As far as yours just looking unsightly, a quick fix would be to get a narrow but deeply potted plant and just have it cover it up.  I wouldn't put a box or anything over it b/c it may get hot (I'm not an electrician, so I'm not sure).
But I place plants in front of all my other outlets in my house b/c I hate the look of cords.

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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2007 08:46:15 AM »

Good thought about a heat issue when you cover it... I will ask my bro (electrician apprentice/ volunteer firefighter) when he's here for the holidays if you can do something without worrying about it catching fire as he seems the most appropriate person to ask!

I like the plant idea myself, but I can't keep a plant alive to save my life!
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2008 05:58:48 AM »

How about one of those room dividers / room screen?  I've seen some really cute ones you can put pictures in.  Ikea has some really mod ones that are pretty inexpensive.  You could try to make your own as well.
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2008 05:59:36 AM »

There are de-cluttering websites, like organizedhome.com on the internet. Do an internet search on organization and clutter.
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2008 01:49:33 PM »

I'm not sure if this is do-able to your particular desk, but this is by far one of my favorite cord/desk de-cluttering techniques:

http://lifehacker.com/software/diy/diy-under+desk-gadget-mount-237789.php
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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2008 08:30:57 AM »

So my brother said heat wasn't too much of an issue. You really have to worry about access though, in case the outlet becomes overloaded. The last post seems an incredible idea, especially if you follow a couple of the embedded links!

Hope you find something that works for you!
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2008 06:33:55 AM »

I do like the under the desk gadget mount. Or you can move the outlet around to the back of the desk and affix it there with 3MM tape. Just moving it around would declutter some.

A cord snake is a good idea also. It helps you organize all cords through a single tube. You can get them at your office supply store. The Container Store has cord control kits and other accessories: http://www.containerstore.com/browse/Product.jhtml?searchId=12993930&itemIndex=5&CATID=74534&PRODID=10009265

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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2008 04:51:50 PM »

If you have a cord on a wall that you have to live with,you paint the cord the same shade as the wall-it really hides it.
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