Labeling your cords, cables, and chargers (CCCs, for brevity!) is a great way to save yourself time and frustration.
When you're peering at a jammed surge protector, all of the plugs can look identical--and you don't want to accidentally unplug your printer instead of your laptop charger!
Labeling chargers can be as simple & inexpensive as writing the device name on a piece of masking tape, then wrapping tape around one end.
For cords and cables that connect electronics to one another---e.g., components of a home entertainment system--label both ends.
You can purchase an inexpensive, more durable labeling method: I use Kableflags and like them, but there are many comparable products. One limitation of Kableflags is needing to write in small letters to fit the info recommended below.
For truly top-notch CCC management, label not just the name of the device ("laptop"), but also brand and even model: "HP Stream laptop," "Dell Inspiron 15 laptop." Also consider adding the owner's name.
If your household has multiple laptops, this will come in handy. Parents, especially, can prevent sibling squabbles and save valuable time!
Even one person can have an old and current work laptop, plus a personal laptop: 3 chargers! Then add CCCs for tablet, phone, and music player, not to mention printer, desk lamp, shredder...
Be kind to your future self: #CorralTheCords!
*I did not receive any compensation for mentioning this product.
Steven Cohen is the owner of Streamlined by Steven, a professional organizing company based in DC and Maryland.