You know what pipe insulation is great for? Insulating pipes. (Ha!) But you know what else? It turns out those lengths of hollow foam with the slit down the side are perfect for storing and labeling your extra, unused cords. Trying to keep cables in check behind a TV shelf is really tough, but it can sometimes be those errant cords that offer the greatest struggle.
Wires are a pain! But until the world goes cordless, we're going to have to work on our cord management—whether those cords are in use or not. But now you can easily organize your spare cords—and it can be done for just a few bucks, spent at your local home store.
This idea from the always ingenious Martha Stewart team makes use of foam pipe insulation to store extra cords.
Once you've got some of that sweet foam tubing, cut it to the proper length for your cord (a good estimate is about 13 inches of pipe insulation for every 6 feet of cord). Then fold the cord back and forth to the size of your foam tube and tuck it inside the pre-cut slit.
You can even write on the stuff with a Sharpie marker once you're done, making sure you'll never grab a 10-foot cord when you need a 6-foot. Stringing this year's Christmas lights should be a breeze!