This is one of those "why didn't I think of that?" projects. Industrial designer Tim Wikander created a paper pocket — just like the ones you saw in the backs of library books as a kid — to corral his loose cords. You can do the same, with an expandable paper pocket template he shared on DIY site Instructables.
By attaching his paper pocket to the back of his iMac, Tim can keep the loose end of his iPhone cable wrapped up and tucked out of sight when it's not in use. As soon as he needs the cord, it's within easy reach and just as easy to tuck back in as it is to pull out.
We love this project for several reasons: It's clean-looking, easy, practically free, and you can get it done right now if you have cardstock and double sided tape handy. Grab the template on the Instructables site here.
(Images: Tim Wikander/Instructables)