How To Tie Knots For Cables and Cords You Only Need Occasionally

With all the devices in our homes these days, there are plenty of extra cords and cables lying around the house that we only need the services of on an occasional basis. Sometimes we're just too lazy to properly wrap a cord up when we're done with it, throwing it into a drawer or plastic bin. Pretty soon that box of wires can become a gigantic tangled mess. Here's a quick simple how-to that will keep your big box of cables neat, manageable, and tangle-free.

Here's what your tech pile might look like. How are you going to find that HDMI cable you need in that pasta primavera of cords and cables?

1. Place one end of the cord in your palm, with the rest of the cord hanging over the back of your hand as shown above.

2. Begin by wrapping the cord around your hand.

After winding up about 2/3 of the cord, squeeze it with your hand and pinch the middle of it.

4. Take the remainder of the cord with your opposite hand and tightly wrap it around the pinched area until you have a couple inches of cord left. Pull the very end of the cord through the loop.

And you're done!

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(Images: Vivian Kim)

Originally published: August 12, 2010