Stop Cords from Falling Behind Your Desk

April 20, 2010 at 12:01 am 9 comments

At some point, everyone with a rechargeable gadget will curse gravity as the cord falls behind their desk. This is extremely annoying, mostly because you never want to go under your desk if you don’t have to; although, you’ll probably find some other lost treasures when you do.

A friend shared this secret with me recently and it blew my mind: use binder clips to catch the cables.

I bought a pack of Medium Binder Clips at Staples (24 @ $2.79) and I weaved my cables through — they work perfectly. If your cable slides through easily, you may need to tie a very loose knot in the cable or even better, put a couple zip-ties around the cable to stop it from falling through.

Broken Secrets | Written By: Chad Upton

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Steph  |  April 20, 2010 at 12:42 am

    That is genius!
    I’d have built a wall around the edges of my desk before thinking of that.

  • 2. Mr. P  |  April 20, 2010 at 9:48 am


    Ha ha, I thought I was the only person that happened to! Now, do you have a secret for finding your USB drive on the back of your hot computer tower with only your fingers and a long reach??

    • 3. Chad Upton  |  April 28, 2010 at 11:19 am

      You can buy USB extension cords. If you used one of those like this, then you’d have a usb port right at the edge of your desk with your other cords.

  • 4. Brett  |  April 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I have been wondering about a solution for this for some time. Certainly an effective way until someone else comes up with another method similar to this idea! Great work.

  • […] peripherals like an external HDD or a printer that also have their own power cords. Chad Upton from Broken Secrets has come up with a nice soultion to this problem. He bought a pack of Binder Clips and they seems […]

  • 6. Abo3zo  |  April 24, 2010 at 4:54 am

    too simple

    but useful !

  • 7. Ago  |  April 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    This post has just changed my life…Your little clips are as much genius as that little white clip for the mac book power cords. Thank you Broken Secrets!

  • 8. Elbyron  |  April 28, 2010 at 10:23 am

    A slightly more expensive (but nicer looking) solution is to purchase a small USB hub. It won’t help you with power cords, but most of the electronics I need to plug in around the computer are USB devices, so this lets me keep everything up on the desk. I twist-tie the cords so they don’t make a huge mess.

    Mr. P, I believe this is the solution you were looking for!

  • 9. Chico  |  June 3, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Dang Chad! This probably is one of the best tips I have seen in the longest time. I have been buying the hooks for $12 a pop….next time…a binder clip will do!



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