My BFF Megan has a fantastic little blog where she writes about all things health and fitness related (she’s a certified personal trainer, she recently made me a customized strength training routine!). A few weeks ago she wrote about a product called Applecore, and I loved the idea so much I did something a little unorthodox. I went on the Applecore website and wrote them a post talking about my blog, my audience, and my statistics, and begged them to let me review their product in exchange for a post. I don’t do sponsored-style product review posts very often because I usually find them to be very fake and gross. I only want to write about something if I really am using it in my everyday life (and be honest about whether I like it), not leave you feeling like I sold out for a roll of toilet paper or something.
Based on what Megan said, I was 99% sure that I would like the Applecore cord organizers, but I don’t think I guessed how much we would *LOVE* them. As in, they came right before I left for Dallas a few weekends ago, and while I was gone TH called me asking for the website address because he wanted to order more. They were invented by Robin, who went on a business trip and took this picture of his messy cord-filled hotel desk, sparking a journey to invent a small and simple product that would keep his cords under control. We are an electronics loving family, and so cord issues abound for us as well.
You can learn more about the product (if you click on gallery you can see pictures of the design process which I thought was really cool!) from the Applecore site. Here are a few pictures from around my place so you can see how we’ve integrated them into different rooms around the apartment!
This is my USB docking station that sits on top of my desktop tower, and before I had the Applecores the cords were spilling out all over the place. Now they are the perfect length to plug my iPhone and Bodybugg in without the excess creating a lot of clutter.
Behind the tower we’ve started winding up all sorts of cords, but it’s going to be a long journey before I show you a more complete picture of what it looks like back there. Between my desktop monitor and tower, laptop, speakers, network cables, mouse, keyboard, printer, and other miscellaneous things there are a LOT of cords back there. It’s nice to see a little bit of progress already.
I think this is the best use of the product for us. We keep our blowdryer and brushes in a glass container from Ikea next to the sink. Now that we have a walking baby, I used to have to be constantly vigilant when he was in the bathroom with me because he loved to reach up and pull on the blowdryer cord.
Now it not only looks much neater, but little T1 is safe from harm. And we actually don’t even have to unwind it every time we use it, the cord is plenty long as is.
I had a few left and I probably should have used them in the mess behind my computer, but I couldn’t resist tackling the mess in the kitchen. I have an old speaker set up next to the oven so I can listen to podcasts like THis American Life while cooking, with an extension cord back these so I can plug in my phone if it’s about to die. It was a mess!
I need some bigger sizes to really do the job right (haha, look at that too small one in the back being devoured by that extension cord!) but this is so much better! I no longer have to do a bunch of stuffing and patting down to keep the cords behind the speaker in order.
One little note, if you have a baby, definitely be aware that the smallest size could be a choking hazard. We don’t use any of these in areas where T1 could get to so we’re safe, but I’d hate for someone to have a scary experience with their baby because I didn’t mention it.
Fun little side note: Why are they called Applecore? Because they’re shaped like an apple after you’re done eating it! Also I think a lot of Apple product users will want to pick them up to keep iPhone/iPad/iMac cords under control.
Use the code “thatwifeblog” to get 10% off your entire purchase. I’m using that code too!
Disclaimer: I asked Applecore to mail me some free samples in exchange for a review post. Thanks guys!