June’s Creative Office Organizing Ideas focus on managing cords in the home office. Enjoy!
It hasn’t been too many years ago that somebody suggested that I use my USB port to attach and give life to some techno toy. Since I didn’t know what a USB port was at the time, the whole suggestion gave me pause. I eventually did find the single port on the dusty backside of my computer tower and, after several timid attempts to insert the little plug, my MP3 player sprang to life.
Sadly, since my tower lives in the dark recesses of an under-desk corner, plugging in could require me to be on my hands and knees armed with flashlight. Add to this the 50/50 chance of plugging it in upside down (which always happens), I was determined to find a simple, effective solution.
The name of that solution is Liquid Paper. Just put a small dot on the “up-side” of each USB cord and by placing a corresponding dot on the port itself, the proper cord-to-port configuration is so brightly marked that I can see it even in the deepest reaches of Underland.
I suppose fingernail polish would work the same way, but Liquid Paper white goes with everything and becomes a bright beacon for light-challenged areas. (And no matter what your grandmother says, you CAN use it between Labor Day and Easter.) This solution might only save you a second or two each week, but the satisfaction of getting it right on the first try? Priceless!