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How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:36 pm

I'm sure most of you are like me and you have a hard time throwing any cable away, whether it be for PC, AV, or various electronics. I have quite a bit of HDMI, DVI, various displayport, ethernet, and gobs of every type of USB cable that ever was, etc, etc. I've gone through my stash a few times and thinned it out, got rid of the obsolete cable types, but my small set of drawers in the garage are bursting at the seams again.

How do you guys store and organize your 'stash'? Pictures or links would be cool.
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:49 pm

Gallon Zip-Loc bags.
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:52 pm

Captain Ned wrote:
Gallon Zip-Loc bags.


That might work for the smaller cables but I have some HDMI and ethernet cable that might be a tough fit.
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:04 pm

Even an 8" loop fits just fine in a gallon bag and leaves lots of room in the middle for smaller stuff.
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:08 pm

I use those little velcro cable ties. Usually two per cable. Longer cables go at the bottom of the bin with the shorter cables on top. That helps maximize the bin space, and it prevents a Tangle of Doom during storage. The velcro ties are nice because they're reusable. Cutting the plastic ties and then having to hunt for more just to use the cable for 10 minutes while your testing something is annoying.
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:22 pm

I have a big ass box in the closet. Yep, just loop them up, bread tire them and toss them in.
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:28 pm

I love the velcro tie idea, I'm ordering some of those right now.

Otherwise, I try to organize them by type as best I can - in separate drawers preferably. I'm looking at something like this, probably two of them.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-5-Drawer-Wide-Tower-Black/20699661
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:35 pm

A free, and possibly cheaper than free, solution: store them inside empty toilet paper rolls.
 
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:05 pm

Ziplocks here as well. Gallon for most and the 2-gallon for the less flexible ones. I have a separate ziploc for each cable type.
 
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:07 pm

I have a stack of these, one per cable type.
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:13 pm

I have them tied in Velcro Tape, and then use dividers within drawers to categorize their type (e.g. USB mini, USB-C, etc.) For those cables that I don't move/use that often I have them all stored in a single storage box from Ikea (organized by types in boxes within)
 
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:25 pm

I have a large box from my PC case, and in it are smaller plastic totes with cables separated by use. Analog audio, retro cables, power bricks, USB, video cables, etc. They're all bound with Velcro cable ties. Works well for me. Occasionally I purge when I get more than 4 or so if a given kind. I don't mind spares but I refuse to get overwhelmed with that crap.
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:22 am

Originally we'd just chuck them in a box, but eventually got tired of the constant tangling. Evenutally someone came up with the idea of securing each cable with ... paper tubes. Yup, spent toilet paper and paper towel rolls (the latter cut down.) That even provides a place to write down a description for the more obscure types of cables, though we tend to make sure it's ditectly marked or labeled.
 
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:39 pm

Re-purposed anti-static bags work well enough for me.
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:49 pm

Transparent bins of like-type cables, with velco ties keeping them tidy inside each. It's still digging to get the one you need, but it's slightly better than total chaos.
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:12 pm

Thank you all for your replies. I appreciate the suggestions and I plans to update this thread after I get my new bins and get my cables reorganized.
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:20 am

I don't quite have the storage space to use a plastic bin for each category (which is the way to go if you can do it). Instead, I grabbed about a half-dozen Ziploc "space bags" which are geared for storage, and roughly 2'x 3' (I'm sure there are now different brands and sizes available).

Each bag has its own category of cables, which similar types bundled together, and all the air pressed out. These are then thrown into a large set of plastic bin pull-out drawers. The setup is extremely space-efficient for packing things away, but not so much fun if you need to access them frequently. I keep all my USB cables separate and more accessible.
 
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:44 pm

Waco wrote:
Transparent bins of like-type cables, with velco ties keeping them tidy inside each. It's still digging to get the one you need, but it's slightly better than total chaos.
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Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:40 am

In a set of big boxes by era of computing/audio.

As one sunsets I can toss most of the box...
recent toss was SCSI cables.

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