I swear if such a thing existed, I would have a very high allergic reaction to cable chaos. A low tolerance for tangled cable-y messes. I’m a big, honkin’ cable freak, if you will. Velcro strips, zip ties, and wall tacks are our go-to for desk organization, but what about the tube?

Hello, Psycho. Thank jeebs (or, you know, Ross), for integrating a sweet management system into the almost-there-wall. Every last cord, plug, and wire is totally hidden behind a barrier, yet we were able to maintain a secret compartment of sorts for quick handling. It took 3 hours to tuck and coil all 99 (billion) cables, but it was so worth it for any down the road cord management.

Scott geeked out on matching HDMIs to optical audios or something (while I refused to watch), whereas I had the ultimate excuse to make cutesy labels on our P-Touch. As much as I’m allergic to cables is how much I loove my P-Touch. Here’s our view of the top secret through-spot (carved out of the bottom middle), which will ultimately be covered by records:

And because the built-in cable ‘hood was niched into the back, we were able to keep things spotless underneath – making me a very happy girl. Not to mention, it’ll look pretty clean from Jack’s point of view.


Yeah, I tricked him by hiding his favorite treat. He got it, like, 5 seconds later. The whole freak theme kind of goes with the meanie mom thing, too.

Yes, this is how we happily spend our weekday evenings. Well, Wednesday evening anyway. Sure we could have been all the heck with it! and pull the whole cram and shove maneuver, but I would have known. And yes, the gratification totally outweighs the other dozen things we could have done on hump day. Again, refer to the post title.

Come on, now. Who’s with me? Better yet, it’s pull-it-together time. Shelf styling, you’re next.

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  • Oh, I couldn’t agree more! I hate cord messes! Finding ways to hide (and organize) the cord mess is essential. And, it gives an excuse to be the crazy OCD label person I (and you too, it seems) actually are without getting the ‘Are you seriously going to label that?’ look. And yes, I’ve gotten that many a time. :) I don’t care though, at least everything is organized! Have fun styling that beautiful entertainment center! :)ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House4.8.11 - 9:19 AM

    Haha while I’m not sure that I’m allergic to cord mess, I did notice that we have some serious cord mess going on behind out tv. I’m currently ignoring it until I find my labeler and some way to organize it without attaching anything hopelessly sticky to the back of our teak console (seen here)ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House4.8.11 - 9:19 AM

    PS- What I can see of your new wall-o-media looks AWESOME.ReplyCancel

  • aleksandra4.8.11 - 9:45 AM

    you are so right — your love of stickie labels borders on freakishnses . . . in a good way :) it pays off — this looks awesome. i can’t wait to see the whole view of the unit in your room, all set up.
    by the way, i bought some of those legs after your post a little while back. we have a shoddy entertainment unit on gross caster wheels, and i have been dying to put it on legs for a while now. weekend project #1!ReplyCancel

    • Kim4.8.11 - 10:03 AM

      Ooh, aren’t those legs the best?

      Glad to know I’m not the only freak, Amanda! Happy almost-weekend!

      And thanks, Cait!ReplyCancel

  • Chrystie4.8.11 - 11:35 AM

    Oh my goodness, you guys are such teases! ;)
    I can’t wait to see the new custom shelving unit, especially now after the little tease shot!
    I looks fantastic!!!



  • RocketGirl754.8.11 - 12:03 PM

    Labels on cords are a MUST-HAVE! Our cords have labels, and the plug itself also has a label, just so we know. It’s not freakish! It’s sensible!ReplyCancel

  • RocketGirl754.8.11 - 12:05 PM

    …But of course, my husband also puts white tabs on the this-end-up side of the USB, charger, or otherwise insertion-specific cables, so we don’t ever try to insert incorrectly.ReplyCancel

  • Kim4.8.11 - 12:29 PM

    RocketGirl, this made me laugh. I’m happy to know there are so many label-lovers out there!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea B4.8.11 - 3:20 PM

    Haha! I’m allergic to cables, too. I think it was the first thing I actually indicated how uncomfortable it made me while my husband and I worked to move all our combined things in together. All of a sudden I had UGLY CABLES all over our rooms I was trying to decorate so prettily on a budget. I cringed. He zip-tied.

    Seriously. I think it was my first squeamish attempt at “putting my foot down.” (I hate conflict. It’s a curse.)

    Of course, now we laugh about how I’m the cable Nazi.ReplyCancel

  • Abby4.8.11 - 4:50 PM

    I’m with you… HATE cables, LOVE labels. (“No more rhymes now, I mean it. Anybody want a peanut?” Name that movie.)

    Also, your dog is ADORABLE.ReplyCancel

  • Scott4.8.11 - 11:20 PM

    ^ Princess Bride!ReplyCancel

  • Monika4.9.11 - 8:49 AM

    Wow, that IS awesome! Great job and it has inspired me to do some P-Touching on my own cable cords. Thanks for another post. Looking forward to seeing the unit from the front! : )ReplyCancel

  • laurenjanelle4.9.11 - 3:10 PM

    It looks so polished now! I am seriously impressed.ReplyCancel

  • rachael4.11.11 - 12:39 PM

    Thanks for waiting for us to get back in town to post this. j/k
    You guys are total pros- it looks fantastic! It looks like Henry approves as well…ReplyCancel

    • Kim4.11.11 - 3:59 PM

      Rachael, I love that our friends know all our “pets” names. Welcome back!ReplyCancel

  • joni4.15.11 - 10:08 AM

    weird question but i love your dogs collar! where did you get it?ReplyCancel

  • Kim4.15.11 - 10:50 AM

    Hi Joni! Jack’s collar was custom made from After buying many cheapie collars from the pet store, our man needed something MUCH sturdier. They can get pricey, but we kept ours really simple (coming in around $40 – and it’ll most likely last for the long haul).

    Something that we noticed was that the green coating on his leather collar started to wear off where his leash is always rubbing. If you’re going to do leather, I would stick to the natural colors, and I imagine you could avoid that altogether.

    Hope this helps!ReplyCancel


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