May 13, 2014

Spring Cleaning – with a Vengeance!

When we moved, the easiest thing to pack up was the garage. That’s because we had spent the time to go through the garage, so everything was already in nice labeled boxes: Christmas ornaments, Halloween decorations, baking stuff, etc. The room that took the longest to pack? The office closet. I never did finish organizing it. Since we’re planning on moving again in the spring, I intend to make that move as easy as possible. That means, organizing, organizing, and more organizing!

Domingo did a fabulous job with the outside storage unit. I did an okay job with Nicki’s closet. It’s that office closet that still needs so much work! (That and the entrance way, and our master bedroom closet, and the TV/media area, and… well you get the idea.)

Today’s organizational goal: two brown bags full of a tangled mess of cables.

In that mess was apparently coax cables, some still in the box, a slew of unmarked non-generic non-labeled cables, an antenna extender even though we no longer own a radio, as well as a cell phone power cord for a phone circa 2008. At least I assume the phone power cord was from 2008, as it was a different brand then the cell phones we’ve had since then.

Since coax cables are pretty dated, they all went in the trash, as did the cell phone cord. I typed the serial numbers of the non-generic cables into google to see what came up. Most of the time I still couldn’t tell what they were for, but found stores happy to sell me a new one, so I assumed it wouldn’t be any great loss if they disappeared as well.

Also on the chopping block:
– 7 Ethernet cables (leaving 6 – 2 short, 3 medium, and 1 long)
– Way too many land line phone cables (we kept 1)
– 2 printer cables (we kept 2)

Even though the world is increasingly becoming wireless, and all three – Ethernet cables, land line cables, and printer cables – are not needed at present, I can envision wanting one in the future. When my computer was having troubles printing my thesis on the day of the defense I ended up hooking the computer directly to the printer. Some hotels don’t have wireless, so having a short Ethernet cable is nice. A long one is great if your house is big (or at least has a sub optimal layout, and the wireless router can’t reach everywhere.) As for the land line, well phone service comes free with our cable bundle so having the capability to hook up a phone is nice.

The numbers of cables we kept correspond to our experience with their failure rates. I had Domingo verify that the Ethernet cables we were keeping the fasted of our cable collection. If I had been really diligent, I would have tested them out to ensure they are still working. Oh well. It’ll be one of next year’s spring cleaning tasks.

Next the cables were individually tied (to make it easier to pull one out) and sorted into two tins: one for generic extension cords and one for specialized cables.

organized cables
Much better

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