By: Revanche

Storage Solution: tech gadget boxes and cables

December 19, 2008

Forever and a half ago, FB (who is no longer broke) of Fabulously Broke in the City, discussed storage and organizing extensively. One of the problems she and several of her readers, including me, encountered was a way to neatly store electronic debris such as cables, boxes, etc. Unfortunately, I can’t find the original post I’m thinking of. This is a substitute post/link from FB.

I, for one, can’t bear to throw away boxes that my gadgets came in, as though I’m ever going to gently place the item back in its original packaging. It’s been ten years since I had my first electronic doodad (a pager, remember those?) and I can’t recall a single time the item has been boxed up. In my packratty mind, there’s always the standard “but what if you move?” protest. What? Like I’m going to repack my cell phone if I decide to move to a new apartment? My iPod, perhaps? No.

Nevertheless, I keep the boxes. One might feasibly blame it on Apple for designing such sturdy, attractive boxes that a packrat cannot resist; one might blame it on an evil mind that thinks it’d be perfect to wrap a completely non-iPhone gift in the box for someone. Whatever. We’ve established that I’m crazy and have to keep all electronics-related paraphernelia. Given that fetish, I’ve finally arrived at a nearly-great solution.

I’ll admit it doesn’t meet the standard of being easy to see at a glance like you could if they were say, in Ziplocs and hanging on a sales rack. Not that you would do that anyway. You would have to access the storage unit to see what’s in there, but I still like it.

I don’t have cables that need storing right now, but the aforementioned Apple-branded boxes and packages are currently my problem, and I’d like your thoughts on the solution:

6 Responses to “Storage Solution: tech gadget boxes and cables”

  1. I also keep the boxes! I have a drawer full. I just don’t want to get rid of them!

    But you know what? If someone else, say BF, were to throw them away, I wouldn’t even notice.

  2. Karen says:

    I was totally going to say “toss the boxes, already” and then I recalled the boxes for my previous phones (still have those phones) and my camera. I’ve moved a lot and the items do not get packed in them!

  3. Revanche says:

    losangelesdaze: I wonder if I would notice, I bet not. I just have a thing about keeping boxes, must stop packratting.

    karen: 🙂 I should just keep the items IN this storage box and be done with it!

  4. I always toss those damn gadget boxes except for STUPID WINDOWS VISTA who comes in its own stupid little box and you need a hammer to break open the hard plastic to get the code out so that you can store it in a huge CD binder or else you have to keep the whole damn thing. *WHEW*

    I can’t find the original post either, but watch out for my next upcoming post. I’m going to go over my little system for cords 🙂

  5. Revanche says:

    FB: I’m working my way up to chucking them. Perhaps on the Great Cleanout of Christmas Eve. Luckily, my new laptop came with Vista installed so I didn’t have to deal with no stinkin’ Vista box. 🙂

    I use a spindle for CDs right now, but I might have to revert to a binder as it’s getting full.

    Thanks for the new link! I’m going to pick up some velcro when cords start piling up.

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