Avoid Tangles: Use a Sunglasses Case to Store Cords & Cables in Your Bag

It was a tip born out of necessity. While I traipsed around warm and sunny Chicago wearing my sunglasses this weekend, I noticed my iPhone cord—carelessly dropped into the bottom of my over-stuffed bag—kept getting tangled. What's a girl to do? It turns out that an empty sunglass case (like the one that wasn't holding my glasses) is the perfect vessel for keeping small cords untangled inside a messenger bag or purse.

If you remember our post on the science behind tangled cords, you know that restricting movement is a great way to prevent messy tangles in your cables and cords. While you can spend a little cash to buy a manufactured cord wrap or case, using something you already own is always a great option. It's an especially handy tip if you're already out and about, and looking for a place to stash tangle-prone cords.

But your easy, re-purposed cord case doesn't have to be a sunglass case. Use whatever you have around the house or on-hand while on your travels. Here are some other common low- or no-cost vessels for carting your cords around for travel or every day:

• a makeup bag
• a pencil case
• an Altoids tin
resealable plastic baggies
jars, like mason jars or rinsed and dried pickle jars
an empty CD-spindle case

Do you have any other easy ideas for cord storage and transportation? Share your tips in the comments below.

(Image: Taryn Fiol)

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