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Cord Labels

When you are crawling under a desk, all the power cords look the same. To save yourself some trouble when searching for the one you want to unplug, make labels from leftover bread-bag clips. Just write the name of each device on the unprinted side of a clip with a permanent marker, and attach the clip to the proper cord.

Comments (64)

  • Eric Andrist 6 Jan, 2014

    Be VERY CAREFUL of bread tags if you have pets. My friend's dog chewed on one of these and swallowed it. It ended up tearing open his insides and killed him.

  • jewls570 14 Jan, 2012

    Does anyone know . . . is it safe to keep your charger adapters plugged in to electric even when your not charging?

  • akiwi 30 Jan, 2011

    absolutely brilliant!!

  • rock63roll64 29 Jan, 2011

    SUPER DUPER IDEA!!! AWESOME!! BTW ......WHAT'S WITH ALL THE DUPLICATE COMMENTS?? FUNNY!!

  • beekats 16 Nov, 2010

    Great idea. REMEMBER TO DO BOTH ENDS !!!!
    It's no fun when you?

  • All_Hail_The_Martha 10 Nov, 2010

    I suppose you could still color-code the tabs with a Sharpie or a piece of colored tape.

  • All_Hail_The_Martha 10 Nov, 2010

    That's a good idea. Never thought of that. I have an editing system hooked up, so I have a lot of cords to keep straight. I used colored electrical tape around the ends of each and wrote the item it belongs to. It's color-coded for computer, audio, video, etc.

  • Charthestar 27 Aug, 2010

    Great tip and a great way to reduce and reuse!

  • Galarza 24 Aug, 2010

    Absolute genius

  • cturtle7cs 22 Aug, 2010

    Excellant....works like a charm!!! Literally!!!!!

  • missjudyg 22 Aug, 2010

    BRILLIANT%21%21%21%21%21%21%21

  • karlakrafts 30 Nov, 2008

    Thank you Lynn2966!

  • yayi 28 Nov, 2008

    It's excellent and so easy!. I have always had problems with that, I have the computer, monitor, speakers, etc. and I never know what is what. Now my problem is solved.

  • jamrevilla 27 Nov, 2008

    This is a great idea; and it does not cost a thing!

  • shanny0421 26 Nov, 2008

    I LOVE IT!

  • niffty 26 Nov, 2008

    You always impress me with taking nothing and making sometihing out of it:-)

  • iamMargie 25 Nov, 2008

    Simple but smart - great idea!

  • LizardJC 25 Nov, 2008

    I have looking for an idea to use those. I have already been saving the twist ties to use on other things.

  • cynlin 25 Nov, 2008

    Great idea and what a way to reuse and recycle. Genius. Love this!!!

  • najooo 25 Nov, 2008

    It is a great idea.Thanks.

  • carabau 25 Nov, 2008

    Fantastic idea!

  • chrissyayre 25 Nov, 2008

    I have always thrown those little buggers out because I hate them for bread but this? this is just short of clever! I wish I had thought of it alot sooner. Way to go Martha!

  • Nora40 24 Nov, 2008

    Don't pay for them. Ask friends or relatives / neighbors to save them for you. Otherwise, some bagels or hot dog / hamburger buns have them sometimes...

  • dorce 24 Nov, 2008

    Is there a website, we can buy these bread tie tags? I would like to know too!

  • ginreyn 24 Nov, 2008

    I have used this idea for several years, except that I have used a piece of tape which I folded over the cord and stuck to itself.

  • jnapier 24 Nov, 2008

    My bread all comes with twist ties, can you buy the clips anywhere? I love this idea!

  • Tinadealy 24 Nov, 2008

    Ok, so now I have to get my family to send me some from America! This is a great idea. I love to recycle! GOOD ONE!

  • aburer 24 Nov, 2008

    How simple yet genius of an idea! Great way to recycle those bread bag clips!

  • aburer 24 Nov, 2008

    How simple yet genius of an idea! Great way to recycle those bread bag clips!

  • aburer 24 Nov, 2008

    How simple yet genius of an idea! Great way to recycle those bread bag clips!

  • Lynn2966 24 Nov, 2008

    karlakraft's idea is the best using the mailing labels they are less likely to come off. The bread clips will slide off.

  • Lynn2966 24 Nov, 2008

    karlakraft's idea is the best using the mailing labels they are less likely to come off. The bread clips will slide off.

  • Lynn2966 24 Nov, 2008

    karlakraft's idea is the best using the mailing labels they are less likely to come off. The bread clips will slide off.

  • hootmcgoot 24 Nov, 2008

    That is genius.

  • hootmcgoot 24 Nov, 2008

    That is genius.

  • karlakrafts 24 Nov, 2008

    This is a great idea, but if you don't have bread clips, here's something that works well, too. Take a blank mailing label, write the name of the appliance to the right of the label, then fold it around the appropriate cord and stick it to itself. If you're a neat feak, you can even print the labels on your computer first.

    This also works well for labelling cords you use at Christmas, so you'll know where they go next year!

  • karlakrafts 24 Nov, 2008

    This is a great idea, but if you don't have bread clips, here's something that works well, too. Take a blank mailing label, write the name of the appliance to the right of the label, then fold it around the appropriate cord and stick it to itself. If you're a neat feak, you can even print the labels on your computer first.

    This also works well for labelling cords you use at Christmas, so you'll know where they go next year!

  • Mscj 24 Nov, 2008

    This is such an awesome idea. I used the tags that were from bread wrappers and a black sharpie. It really helps a lot when ou are trying to figure out which one to unplug! Plus putting the cords inside pipe insulatation clears up the rest of the clutter with minimal expenditure! Thanks Martha - keep the "good things" coming!!!!

  • Mscj 24 Nov, 2008

    This is such an awesome idea. I used the tags that were from bread wrappers and a black sharpie. It really helps a lot when ou are trying to figure out which one to unplug! Plus putting the cords inside pipe insulatation clears up the rest of the clutter with minimal expenditure! Thanks Martha - keep the "good things" coming!!!!

  • Mscj 24 Nov, 2008

    This is such an awesome idea. I used the tags that were from bread wrappers and a black sharpie. It really helps a lot when ou are trying to figure out which one to unplug! Plus putting the cords inside pipe insulatation clears up the rest of the clutter with minimal expenditure! Thanks Martha - keep the "good things" coming!!!!

  • Mscj 24 Nov, 2008

    This is such an awesome idea. I used the tags that were from bread wrappers and a black sharpie. It really helps a lot when ou are trying to figure out which one to unplug! Plus putting the cords inside pipe insulatation clears up the rest of the clutter with minimal expenditure! Thanks Martha - keep the "good things" coming!!!!

  • Mscj 24 Nov, 2008

    This is such an awesome idea. I used the tags that were from bread wrappers and a black sharpie. It really helps a lot when ou are trying to figure out which one to unplug! Plus putting the cords inside pipe insulatation clears up the rest of the clutter with minimal expenditure! Thanks Martha - keep the "good things" coming!!!!

  • Mscj 24 Nov, 2008

    This is such an awesome idea. I used the tags that were from bread wrappers and a black sharpie. It really helps a lot when ou are trying to figure out which one to unplug! Plus putting the cords inside pipe insulatation clears up the rest of the clutter with minimal expenditure! Thanks Martha - keep the "good things" coming!!!!

  • woodchuck3 24 Nov, 2008

    What a great idea. My bread comes with ties, so I'll use the ones from my fruit and potato bags. Thanks!

  • woodchuck3 24 Nov, 2008

    What a great idea. My bread comes with ties, so I'll use the ones from my fruit and potato bags. Thanks!

  • tess_of_st_paul 24 Nov, 2008

    I don't think any of my bag clips are big enough to write "Monitor" on. I think using P-touch labels would work better -- print out the label two time in a row with some space between the words' wrap the label around the cord just above the plug.

  • tess_of_st_paul 24 Nov, 2008

    I don't think any of my bag clips are big enough to write "Monitor" on. I think using P-touch labels would work better -- print out the label two time in a row with some space between the words' wrap the label around the cord just above the plug.

  • TEALBLUE 24 Nov, 2008

    Great idea, thank you.

  • TEALBLUE 24 Nov, 2008

    Great idea, thank you.

  • TEALBLUE 24 Nov, 2008

    Great idea, thank you.

  • euni 24 Nov, 2008

    Take the clips off the bread bags.

  • yobana 24 Nov, 2008

    I had some overhead transparencies, so I used them to make tags with some hemp cord. Works for me!

  • yobana 24 Nov, 2008

    I had some overhead transparencies, so I used them to make tags with some hemp cord. Works for me!

  • Mackfever 24 Nov, 2008

    Very creative idea.. =)

  • lechat98 24 Nov, 2008

    What a great idea! I have always used tape and that gets sticky after time passes. Does anyone know where can you get these clips?

  • lechat98 24 Nov, 2008

    What a great idea! I have always used tape and that gets sticky after time passes. Does anyone know where can you get these clips?

  • lechat98 24 Nov, 2008

    What a great idea! I have always used tape and that gets sticky after time passes. Does anyone know where can you get these clips?

  • lechat98 24 Nov, 2008

    What a great idea! I have always used tape and that gets sticky after time passes. Does anyone know where can you get these clips?

  • dharrisc 24 Nov, 2008

    OMGosh ... so simple ... who wuddathunk????

  • dharrisc 24 Nov, 2008

    OMGosh ... so simple ... who wuddathunk????

  • dharrisc 24 Nov, 2008

    OMGosh ... so simple ... who wuddathunk????

  • dharrisc 24 Nov, 2008

    OMGosh ... so simple ... who wuddathunk????

  • acj 24 Nov, 2008

    great idea, i will definitely be trying this one.

  • acj 24 Nov, 2008

    great idea, i will definitely be trying this one.