okay real talk. I have about two point five million USB cables of various types and sizes. I don't want to get rid of them because they're all different and serve different purposes. What's the best way to store these some way that I can find them??
@aaronpk I collect cables with the same ends and store them coiled up in zip top bags in a drawer. If the connections aren't obvious, I label the bags. It has saved me about a zillion frustrating hours digging through a tangled ball of cables since I started.
@aaronpk what’s worked for me is color-coded snap-on label thingies (lmk if you have no idea what I mean) and then tying up each cable in a coil shape so they don’t get tangled, and throwing them in a big box
I have one clear Sterilite box per cable type. Boxes are labeled and stacked. Any cable not in active use is coiled in a box. If I only have one of something, I might group it with other loners in a category box.
I sorted all my cables by type (what connector is on either side) and have them in plastic containers. I printed labels with pictures of the connector on each side of the cable and put on containers. 16448812 (QT) Storage Box... amazon.com/dp/B084SDQKP5
The part that makes this work is that whenever a cable is unused, I put it back in its box. So unused cables are never left laying around elsewhere. And so the box needs to be big enough to fit all your cables (of similar class).
@aaronpk First, it'd be useful to know connector type. Second sort would be whether they are merely charge or also data. And for storage, you might try some Velcro wraps, maybe by color? And then in a low-profile tote that you can slide under... something. Works for me.
Tier 1 is the absolute highest quality cables- 2 lightning, 2 micro, 2 mini, 4 extra HDMi/HDMI in a tiny kit.
Tier 2 is all the rest of those USB cables. Put this in a tupperware in your closet on the top shelf. Color coded.
Tier 3 is a big cardboard box in the attic.
I solved this problem very efficiently for myself by getting a number of medium-sized transparent plastic containers, and by putting cables of similar classs/purpose all next to each other. So I know if I ever need an HDMI cable, that one box is the only place to check.