Introduction: EASY Headphone Storage Hacks

You ever find you have a bunch of wires / or headphones that you stuff in a drawer and just don't have a way to keep them all untangled? Well here are a few easy ideas for keeping them untangled with just kitchen or office supplies. If you have any good ideas to add to it, please let me know and I'll put some more pictures up. Cheers!

Step 1: Materials

There are lots of different ways to do this, but these are the options I had laying around. Hopefully this will spark some creativity!

Empty spool of thread
Bread ties
Empty (or near empty) tape dispenser
Scissors
Headphones / other wires

Step 2: Bread Bag Tie

First thing, you're gonna want to untangle them. Sorry there's no instructions for that part. If it's tangled THAT bad, my advice would be chuck it and get new ones. :)

Bread bag ties come in lots of different sizes, so choose one you like and if (like mine) it needs a larger hole, give it a snip with some scissors. Viola! Instant tangle-free method!

Not the most aesthetic though.... So let's try another method.

Step 3: Spool of Thread

You want to find a small spool of thread which has next to no thread left on it. If you can't find one, ask your mom or grandma - they usually have some stash of them hidden someplace.

Wrap it around the spool ear-buds first and then loop the end around the ear-buds before sticking the end down the spool for security and storing away.

Easy, but not very accessible afterward (takes 15 seconds to unwind). Let's try another method.

Step 4: Tape Dispenser

For this one, you just need an empty tape dispenser. You may need to empty it yourself because not many people keep empty tape dispensers around for fun.

So all you do is take the empty roll off and take the paper out to begin wrapping. Just wrap it around until it's secure and it makes for easy storage.

OR.... there's another way, which is pretty cool. Let's try the next one.

Step 5: High-tech Dispenser

For this one, you want to get a pair of scissors and twist them to drill a hole through the back of the plastic of the tape dispenser. Make sure to drill a hold big enough for the end of the headphones to fit through. Then, just pull the end all the way through until you have just the ear-buds inside the dispenser. Take the ear-buds and twist them around the inside of the tape dispenser until it's all wound up.

Then all you have to do is tuck it away until you want to use it! Just pull the ear-buds out when you are ready to use it!

Step 6: Voila!

There are many methods out there, so be creative and I'm sure you can find more! Enjoy!

Comments

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cjcrookston (author)2014-06-23

best idea ever!

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gentlecide (author)2014-01-04

The bread clip one gave me an idea. What I did was take the bread clip and put the end of the headphones with the speakers through the hole then wrapped the cord around the bread clip itself without cutting the hole in the middle.

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Printy (author)gentlecide2014-01-06

Nice! It probably wraps it up tighter as well, which would mean it's not as prone to tangle. Great idea!

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BriannaRenee (author)2013-06-16

Wow! This might be the coolest thing I've seen in a while!

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tinpusher (author)2012-09-06

I like the tape dispenser idea quite a bit. I would say, though, that you have step six labeled as "Viola!" which is a musical instrument similar to a violin. The word you were trying to use was "Voila!"

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radmans (author)2012-08-14

This is a great idea! Might I suggest cutting off the front arm that has the teeth? I realize you're trying to do this with minimal tools...but if you did have a hand-saw available this could be a worthy addition (or subtraction!).

Then you can snap the other half of the dispenser back on and it becomes more compact and would fit in a pocket much more easily. A lot like the dispenser you can buy...but free!

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Printy (author)radmans2012-08-14

Yeah! I was thinking something along those lines would be great! Trying to keep it within the realm of office supplies or easily found material (scissors instead of drill for instance) - but I really like the idea!

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ČikaBurton (author)2012-08-13

I wrapped my headphones around an ID card (credit card size), works great if the cable is not too stiff, otherwise it may break

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Printy (author)ČikaBurton2012-08-13

Nice! Would you mind if I added the idea to this instructable?

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emilyvanleemput (author)2012-08-13

This is gonna save me lots of time!!!!!

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Printy (author)emilyvanleemput2012-08-13

:D That's the hoped-for outcome! Thanks for looking!

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emilyvanleemput (author)Printy2012-08-13

you're welcome :)

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Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-08-12

Those are great ideas! I just love the tape dispenser one!

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Printy (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-08-12

Thanks! That's my favorite as well. :)

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