Cable ties are an electronics enthusiast's best friend. If you own several pieces of electronic equipment in and around your entertainment system, including computer monitors, gaming consoles, Blu-ray and DVD players, surround sound speakers and more, cables ties will greatly simplify your life by letting you reduce clutter and stay organised.
Most cable ties are plastic with affixed ends that let you tighten them as much or as little as you want. You can affix labels to them with the corresponding name of the product or device the cable goes to, or you can simply reduce your cords into bunches in order to make them more manageable. A typical cable tie has eighteen pounds of strength, enough for standard cables, and they zip together, after which you can cut them down to size.
These types of ties for tying cable require no tools but your hands in order to organise your cables to your liking. They are usually sold in bundles for a very low price, so you can buy as many as you need. Deals and discounts from your favourite online retailer will help you to decide which brand is best for you, and will help you to get the lowest price.
People have all kinds of cables in a typical setup. You might have one or more cables for your cable or satellite, three or more cables for every video game console, and several cables for your receiver and surround sound setup and two or more sets of cables for each video monitor, DVD or Blu-ray player. Many of these will probably go into a power strip or surge protector as well. Labelling these cables and bunching them together in a way that makes sense is probably your best bet in maintaining the chaos.
A cable tie or an entire set of them is useful insofar as you have a need to organise or reorganise your living space, particularly your living room or bedroom, or anywhere else that requires consolidating your electronic gear and equipment. Beyond this, they can be used for a plethora of other household purposes. They are made to keep things together and out of your way, making them useful for securing books and magazines or making minor makeshift repairs on things that have broken in two.
A lot of people have found them useful for putting together wire cages for small animals, such as guinea pigs, rabbits, and hamsters. They can be used as a building material because of their usefulness at keeping things tightly together, so they have many uses outside the range of electronic storage as well. The average cost is four cents per zip tie, making them very affordable, whether you need just a few or several.