Digital Declutter Challenge #2: Label Cords

The Digital Decluttter

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?

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