Decluttering A/V cables

A few weeks ago I completed another decluttering project that has been on my "someday list" for a long time! Although I don't have a super fancy audio/visual setup, I still have quite a few components hooked up to my TV: TiVo with tuning adapter, Blu-ray player, Apple TV, Wii, Playstation 2 (in case I want to play old Dance Dance Revolution games), region-free DVD player (needed for viewing Japanese region-encoded DVDs), plus an Airport Express router to extend my wireless network. Of course, most of these have power adapters, multiple cables, and so on, so I used to have a total mess of wires visible underneath my TV cabinet. My goal was to get all of these hidden behind the cabinet, creating a mostly clear floor, so I started by taking up all the extra slack in each cable and securing them with Velcro cable ties. I also replaced the ethernet cable that connects my Blu-ray to the router with a short 3-foot cable, since I certainly didn't need the crazy long cable I was using before! Next I had to get my power strip off the floor, so I attached it to the back of my cabinet using Exterior Mounting Tape, which is super adhesive stuff designed to stick to things like cars and such. I needed the extra sticky power since all the various plugs get pretty heavy, especially the Airport Express. I used the same technique to attach my other power bricks to the back of the cabinet as well. The only thing I left on the floor is the main cord from the power strip to the wall outlet, because it snakes up very neatly and makes it easy for me to pull the entire cabinet away from the wall for easy access to everything back there. I'm amazed at how nice it looks now! I wish I had a "before" photo, but trust me, it used to look ridiculous under there!

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