Three Totally Free Home Items You Can Reuse for Cord Control

We've got a problem in our house with cord control. Old cords, new cords, and cords without any identifiable purpose are filling up the cupboards in the home office. In an effort to get them organized, I've scoured online and around my house for free and creative ways to keep the cords in check.

Here's some of the best, both for being free and for super easy:

1. Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls: This 2008 tip from this here website is easy enough to do. Just strengthen and beautify a toilet paper or paper towel roll with some pretty paper and you won't even be able to tell this was once meant for the bathroom.

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2. Reuse Ziploc Bags: I have a bad tendency to just throw away used Ziploc bags. Instead, wash out the crumbs and use this tip from Lil Blue Boo. I also love how this allows you to collect cords for one device and keep them stored in one place. You can see Ashley's step by step organizing process on her blog.

3. Broken Hair Ties: I've got a drawer full of these. The ladies and long-haired dudes know that broken hair ties happen all too often and are seriously annoying. Instead of throwing these broken elastic bands away, tie them neatly around a cord and you've got a mini bungee.

(Images: Gregory Han / Apartment Therapy and Lil Blue Boo)

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Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.

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