This weekend, I set my sister up with some whole home audio courtesy of her iPhone, iMac, iTunes, and a couple of Airport Expresses (Lifehacker’s how to). One Airport Express and speaker pair went in the kitchen but the cables were a huge mess:
- the Airport Express and speakers each needed power
- there was the cable connecting the speakers together
- there was the cable connecting the speakers to the Airport Express
- add to that the existing power cords for a digital photo frame and a cordless phone charger power cord
This is a good time to explain this particular sister of mine: I call her the Indian Martha Stewart (before Martha Stewart went to jail — ie when she was just known for being an freakishly obssessive homemaker). Yup, that’s an accurate description of my sister. So I knew that left alone, the mess of cables wasn’t going to survive more than a few days.
I found a solution in a wicker basket. Here were the ingredients for my solution:
- squid power supply (Amazon link)
- a wicker basket (for some reason, my sister has a cabinet full of these things)
- some hefty scissors
- a bunch of cable ties
1. First, this particular wicker basket had a bunch of internal compartments. I remove most of the walls that created these compartments with the scissors.
2. Removing the compartments made it so I could rest the squid power supply inside the thing. The tentacles plugs were essential — with them, I could bend the outlets around the inside of the basket.
3. I cut square openings (about 1.5″ by 1.5″) on the left, right and back of the wicker basket.
4. Then I positioned everything inside and outside the basket and cable-tied all the loose cables, plugged everything in, and pushed everything inside the basket as low-down as possible. Done!
The Container Store should be making and selling this thing!
Photographs of the final product:
I think it helped that the wicker basket I had stuffed all the cables inside of had this steel frame. Here’s a shot inside the basket…
One of the square openings I made on the left side of the basket:
And the one on the left side of the basket: