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EASY headphone storage hacks

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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!
 
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Step 1: Materials

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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

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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

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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

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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.
cjcrookston29 days ago
best idea ever!
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gentlecide6 months ago
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.
Printy (author)  gentlecide6 months ago
Nice! It probably wraps it up tighter as well, which would mean it's not as prone to tangle. Great idea!
Wow! This might be the coolest thing I've seen in a while!
ebosloor1 year ago
This is a great idea and I have never thought about this. That is why, when I was on a road trip to look for storage locations for Super Cheap Storage, I told a mate about this great idea. He was amazed, too. He tried it the moment he reached home, and his wife was glad about it.
tinpusher1 year ago
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!"
radmans1 year ago
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!
Printy (author)  radmans1 year ago
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!
I wrapped my headphones around an ID card (credit card size), works great if the cable is not too stiff, otherwise it may break
Printy (author)  ÄŒikaBurton1 year ago
Nice! Would you mind if I added the idea to this instructable?
This is gonna save me lots of time!!!!!
Printy (author)  emilyvanleemput1 year ago
:D That's the hoped-for outcome! Thanks for looking!
you're welcome :)
Those are great ideas! I just love the tape dispenser one!
Printy (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thanks! That's my favorite as well. :)
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