Sunday, April 17, 2011

Corralling the Cords: Part 2

I have made significant progress in Project Corralling the Cords, so I thought I'd post a little update. I purchased a cord cover kit and (with the help of my trusty garden shears) cut them down to size. They were super easy to install, and things are looking much better. See for yourself!

Ta-da! Don't remember what it looked like before?
Click here.

I mean, wow, right?  Such a difference! For some reason, in this photo, the distribution of picture frames makes everything look a little unbalanced.  It doesn't look that right-heavy in person.

Close-up of the side table that holds the Xbox,
cable box, and this little basket of joy.
Purchasing this basket was one of those tiny little things that (for me) makes a huge difference.  Before the basket, our video game collection and spare controllers just sat in a pile on the floor.  It bothered me every single time I looked at it, all sloppy and Jenga-like, threatening to topple over at any second.  Plus, I'm one of those people who loves to see everything in its place, and I think things just look so much neater when they're in baskets (you're welcome, mom).  Seriously, when I brought that basket home and loaded it up?  
Happy sigh...

There's just one more thing to do, but unfortunately I purchased the wrong tools with which to do it.

The last cord that needs wranglin'
I recently bought an HDMI cable that would be long enough to reach from the TV to the cable box in something other than a diagonal line that is ugly and hard to hide. This one is even a silvery gray which blends in a little better than the usual black cable.  I bought these little Command Cord Clips to just clip it up along the white cord cover thingy, but naturally they are too small and the cable doesn't fit. So for now, dangling cord.  But at least it's silvery gray and not black, so I can kind of pretend it doesn't exist until I get the right-sized clips!  I might also decide to use a spare piece of cord cover to cover the cord that hangs down from the TV to behind the Kinect sensor, but that's not bothering me too much right now.

Anyway, I'm pleased with the progress. Our little place is really starting to come together :)


  1. Fun!! I love when everything has its place. :)

  2. Yay! It looks so cute! Love, love, love baskets for holding stuff! It's my latest trick - which I think I learned from you. xo

  3. Aw, if in fact you did learn it from me, then I'm honored to have shown you The Way (of the basket).

  4. Do you know that song? The one that goes "A place for everything, and everything is in its place"? I can't find it online, but my mom used to sing it. I think she sings it with her kindergartners, and I think it's from Sesame Street or Mr. Rogers or Captain Kangaroo or something.

  5. We've got a basket for all of our "TV/video game controllers/other random things that end up around the coffee table" and it really does make such a difference!