Cord Control

An electrician told me that I shouldn’t wind electrical cords around the appliance it goes with. I used to use twist ties, but they can be awkward to manage and I can never find the twist tie when I’m putting the appliance away. Velcro cord-keepers, aren’t free and they have the same drawbacks as twist ties.

Empty toilet paper tubes have proved to be the ideal solution. Besides being free they’re easier to manage than twist ties. Fold the cord in half (don’t crease it, just gently fold), and then in half again, continuing to fold until the cord is about five inches long or stopping before it’s too thick to fit into the tube. Then, slide the cord into the tube and you have an easy to use cord keeper that won’t get lost when you need to store your appliance.

You can leave them as is but I like to cover them with contact paper. This way they are easy to wipe clean as I invariably splatter them with pancake batter or whatever. It also keeps them from accidentally being thrown away. When using an appliance, I just slide the cord out of the tube but leave the tube right on the cord. It stays out of the way but it’s still with the appliance so that its ready to store the cord when I put it away.

This worked so well that I now use toilet paper tubes to store household extension cords and excess cord hanging behind appliances.

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I started this blog to share with you all the results of years of turning trash into treasures. Hopefully I'll spark some new creative thoughts and if that happens I hope that you'll share your discoveries and together we’ll build a blog that will singlehandedly reduce global warming and save the world! Okay, maybe that’s a grand goal but we should be able to at least downsize our own trash output.

2 thoughts on “Cord Control

  1. What is unfortunate about that? I’m asking because maybe we can figure out a way to use those boxes.

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