DIY tips, tricks and hacks – Use old analog phone cords to tame your cable mess

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Use old coiled phone cords to tame your cable mess by Sandee Cohen

I am constantly inventing “hacks” for things around my house. One of my newest favorites is to use old coiled phone handset cords to tame wires. Buying the coiled cords is simple as there are many choices available at stores like Amazon with lengths from 3 to 25 feet. There are several different colors such as black (both gloss and matte), white, beige, gray, red, and ivory. I’ve even seen “Earth Day” mint green. The prices are very cheap. Even 25 feet is rarely more than $6. Compared to all the specialty cable holders, these are a real bargain.

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The cords are very easy to cut with a pair of ordinary scissors. Once cut, there are plenty of uses. My favorite is to use a short coil for my iPhone chargers. Some of the cords are thicker than others and are best for wrapping several power cords. Others are thinner which are good for controlling thin charging phone cords.

They are also thick enough to handle bulky power cables. I’ve got a thick black one joining the several cords coming out of my television. You can still see the cord, but it looks much neater coiled up.

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They also can be used just to cover a single cord to make it a different color.

The best part of using coiled phone cords for cable management is if you need something longer or shorter, they are cheap enough to just order new ones.

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Posted in: Articles, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Do-It-Yourself, How-To
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  • Kathleen Chapman January 28, 2016, 11:31 pm

    Awesome tip Sandee!

  • Sandee Cohen January 29, 2016, 9:45 am

    Thanks Kathleen!

  • Johnny January 29, 2016, 12:10 pm

    That’s a great idea! I’m going through my messy garage to find some old phones 🙂

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