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With the advent of paper-thin computers and tablets, mobile hotspots and cloud storage, more and more people are shifting from working in traditional office environments to working remotely. This allows for more freedom around work hours and mobility, but it also presents some challenges. One of which is staying organized. Because workshifters often find themselves creating workspaces at coffee shops, airports and even in taxis, it’s important to keep things streamlined.

One way to be smart about organizing your workspace is to mind your cable management. With charger cords, headphones, Ethernet and printer cables, things can get jumbled in a hurry.

Follow these tips for organizing your workspace and you’ll be a factory of productivity in no time.

Cord Cover Kits

When setting up a more permanent workspace, like a home office, hiding cords is key to creating a Zen-like environment. One easy option is using a cord cover kit. These attach to the ledge of your desk and run from your devices to the outlet. No more messy tangle of cords hanging behind the desk!

via HomeDepot

via HomeDepot

DIY Cable Bin

Another option for hiding cords, especially if you have large power strips or bulky chargers, is using a cable bin. Cable bins are generally small, round and similar to trash cans, but they secretly hide a host of wires and cords. You can purchase one or make your own bin or box and cover it with patterned fabric, paper or whatever else fits your style.

via bluelounge

via bluelounge

Binder Clips

One hack that works great for cable management on the go is clipping large binder clips to your work surface and feeding the cables through them. This tip is perfect for travel, because you can attach them to tray tables on airplanes and desks in hotel rooms, keeping your charger cords and headphones from getting jumbled while you work.

via Lifehacker

via Lifehacker

The savvy workshifter can create an organized pop-up work environment just about anywhere. What are your tips and tricks for staying organized on the go?

Sarah Kellner
Sarah Kellner often writes for The Home Depot on easy do-it-yourself topics ranging from holiday décor to home electronics. If you would like to organize your portable workspace with some of Sarah's ideas, check out The Home Depot cable management pages to find some of the solutions she mentions.