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We’ve lived in our house for three years now (as of June 28), and we still haven’t managed to unpack and organize everything. We finally got sick of looking at clutter and boxes all over the place, and we’ve started working on doing something about it. We recently made a plan to unclutter and / or organize a specific section of the house as a project for at least 15 minutes a day, and we’ve done a good job of sticking to it so far. We’re already seeing some good results, and I thought it might help with my motivation if I occasionally posted project updates here.

Today we tackled computer wires, cables, and random components. Celeste and I both have been accumulating technology all our lives, and neither of us has thrown any of it (or the associated cables) out, even years (or decades) after they’re obsolete. We gathered up all the unused cables and wires we could find, dumped them on the dining table, and got to work.

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The first step was sorting all the cables into similar types–Ethernet, power cables, and even old parallel and standard phone cables, among many others. Once that was done, we figured out which ones we needed to keep and which ones we could get rid of. The resulting collection of cables ended up being blessedly small.

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After getting everything organized and all the unneeded stuff out of the way, we packaged up all the remaining cables by type in variously sized sandwich bags. Ta-da! Organization from chaos!

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In the end, the pile of bagged components is small enough to fit into one USPS Priority Mail box, with room to spare. We’ve shoved that box into the top of a closet so that we can move on to the next project now.

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