Do you have a labelmaker? I couldn't live without mine! It's a Brother PT-80 P-touch Electronic Labeling System, which is easy to use, handheld, and costs less than $30.
Besides using it to label shelves, boxes, bins, etc., I also use it for cords and wires. In fact, in the past two years I have made a point of labeling every single new wire or cord that has come into my home.
For example, at this moment I am looking at the power strip on my left, where I can see the following labels:
• "charger for John's Canon"
• "Mac desktop"
• "pencil sharpener"
• "DYMO LABELWRITER"
• "HP Printer"
• "Desk Lamp "
• "Kindle charger"
Looking at the wires that hang neatly on the right, I can see:
• "Kindle-to-computer connection"
• "Large camcorder upload wire"
• "Small camcorder upload wire"
• "iPhone connection wire"
• "Alphasmart upload wire"
• "Connection laptop to projector"
Given the amount of technology that surrounds me (and how many cords look alike) I'd say the 30-second investment I make to label a new wire or cord is time amply saved in the future. It also saves frustration and mess.
Every House That Cleans Itself should have a labelmaker of some kind in its arsenal, even if the "labelmaker" is simply you with a Sharpie and some good penmanship!
Check back next week to see some photos of how I handle all of these wires and cords in my office.