All the many cords around our phones, i-devices and computers seem to grow like Kudzu!
If you are not familiar with Kudzu - it's a really aggressive plant which can take over - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kudzu

To kill the Kudzu, here's a few variations of a cord tie that I have been using a great amount lately,

I say that this is done Martha MacGuiver style because this combines two often unrelated genres:
  1. Martha Stewart - crafting - "It's a good thing."  (that is her famous line)
  2. Macgyver - improvising under pressure with testosterone

These Cord Ties have proven to be REALLY useful.

Step 1: Simple Concept: Elastic and a Keeper

All the variations you may see here are the same principle:
A closed loop of elastic is used to stretch around a bundle and then are held in place by some sort of keeper. 

You could use a simple rubber band.
Elastic with a cloth component works nicely.  See the round varieties as well as various widths of flat ones.
At the fabric store, it's sort of like pasta - you can get the really thin vermicelli or the broad lasagne noodles.
One thing that I found which works great:  ELASTIC HAIRBANDS
You can get them in multi-color packs.  Some heavier than others.
Wally World is a good place for them.

I have used buttons, dowel rods, pennies, nickels, wood beads, rings, plastic beads etc... 
The rings (like a keyring) are really nice because they are really easy to hang. 
After the cord is bundled up, just hang it by the ring.
Dowel rods are a nice source too.
PS - I am so stealing the "Martha McGyver" name......
Jeez - I love this. I have millions of little things in my classroom and home that need just this type of attention. And Martha McGyver is whom I feel like frequently, given the need to create on the fly and on the cheap in the classroom. Well done! <br>
Good idea, great tips. Making some of these for stocking stuffers for holiday along with some other cable keeper ideas from instructables. :) <br> <br>Always looking for cable management ideas around here. Thanks! <br>
Here's a tip: go find some old landline phones, or just their &quot;pigtail&quot; bouncy cords. Cut ten inch section of that cord, then wrap it around bundles of small cables. It's great for 5 or 4 USB cables.

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