Sure, you’ve got the motivation to finally tackle that mess of cords behind your TV or under your desk. But when you head to the checkout with all of those amazing (read: expensive) uni-tasking cord control solutions, you might not have the cash. Instead, look around your pantry, laundry room,’ toy bin and—yep—even the trash can to find ways to wrangle and label that mess of wires.
First, check out our list of 10 Cord Control Solutions for Under $10. Then, if you can’t find anything, grab around for one of the following 10 household cord wrappers:
Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Tubes
Twist Ties or Garbage Ties
Chip Clips or Hair Clips
File Folder Labels
Spare Phone Cords
Tube Socks or Trouser Socks
String (With a Cable Lacing Technique)
Wolverine (Yes, an X-men Toy)
Photograph for Real Simple by James Wojick for Real Simple.
By Taryn Fiol.
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