I’m a teensy bit OCD.
Whenever I see loose cords my right eye starts twitching. And loose cords seem to multiply while I sleep. The situation in the living room finally reached mission level critical when I could no longer watch TV comfortably because this pile of futuristic whositz and whatsitz wouldn’t stop staring at me:
The solution to most problems can be found at IKEA so I scooted over for a KASSETT box in a neutral color.
Here comes the tricky part. I made a slit down the back side with a box cutter and cut a little opening at the bottom for cords to rest in. Then I just slid the cords down the slit and put all that nonsense into the box.
If I learned anything from spending my formative years watching Rescue 911 it’s that EVERYTHING is dangerous. However, in my effort to grow as a person and be more reasonable about risk-taking, I’ve decided that putting a modem and wireless router in a drafty, handmade, thin cardboard box is a-ok with me. Full disclosure? I did this project 3 months ago and never got around to posting about it until now. I check it regularly and it has never been hot. In fact, when I used to have these items in our credenza they were always hot, so their current home is much cooler. That said, I don’t want anyone to freak out or, worse, burn their house down by putting 40 plugs in a box (use your best judgement here, people), so you can always leave the lid off the box unless you have company over. OR! Cut the whole back part off the box. See? Problem solving! No worries.