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by Gary Woods

I've got cables running all over my desk, around our TV and Stereo and a whole lot of other places I'd rather not go again. The problem is, sometimes I have to change these cables or just un-plug and plug them back in. Occasionally when I un-plug some of those myriad of cables I drop one of them and then it ends up underneath my desk which is about 6' long 4' wide and about 3 and a half feet high weighing in around 250 pounds and needless to say a real bear to move.

So, instead of moving the desk I gingerly crawl up on the top and with my handy dandy picker upper I gingerly reach down behind the desk and reclaim the cable. That was my prescribed method of recovery until I found a ridiculously simple product called CableStrip by Rock Pool Designs.

The product affixes to the edge of a desk and then you feed your cables through the CableStrip's holes so when you drop your cable it goes no further than the top of your desk. Amazon has several products by Rockpool including the CableStrip for $16.65 the CableGrip which holds your cables on your desktop and sells for $14.07 and the CableSnap which allows you to snap and un-snap a cable if you move it frequently which sells for $14.22.

Sometimes the best ideas are the simples and Rockpool has definitely come up with some very simple easy solutions for managing your cables.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc