Neatly Store Loose Cables With A DIY Toilet Paper Tube Organiser

Neatly Store Loose Cables With A DIY Toilet Paper Tube Organiser

If you are a tech head, you’ve probably amassed quite a collection of miscellaneous cables that you aren’t currently using, but might need later on. Keep them organised and tangle-free with a few toilet paper tubes in a box.

We’ve mentioned using cardboard tubes to keep your cables tidy before, but Instructables user berserk takes it to a new level with a full-on cable organiser based on toilet paper tubes. Instead of shoving all those cables into a box and letting them get tangled up, you can slide them all in a box, one-by-one, in their own individual toilet paper tubed bundles, as shown above. Now, when your TiVo’s HDMI port breaks and you need to use that component cord you have hoarded away, it’s really easy to find. Got any other DIY cable organising methods you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.

TP Roll Organizer Box Instructable [Instructables via Unplggd]


  • I’ve been looking for a way to store the plethora of cables, connectors, plugs and adapters for awhile now, but as has been discussed on LH and Giz many times now,… it’s not a good idea to wrap cables that tight!! It shouldn’t be too much of a problem if the cable is short, say sata and light power cords, but if like me you have dozens of long AV type cables this is a bad idea… !!

  • I use ziplock plastic bags for my cables. Why? 1) I can store one cable per bag so they never tangle 2) The bags come in all sizes so I don’t have to wrap the cables too tight 3) I can write on the outside of the bag what they belong to if it isn’t obvious 4) They are brilliant for travelling – just pop the different bags for your phone charger, camera charger etc in your suitcase. When you stay somewhere, stack the empty bags in one place, so when you are re-packing you go through the bags to collect your phone charger etc (no more cords left behind in hotel rooms)

    • Ditto for me.

      Did it to the phone chargers etc about 2 weeks ago and loving it – no more tangles, and it encourages you to put them away when your finished too.

    • My best attempt attempt at cable organising was hanging them from coathangers with bulldog clips. A dedicated cable-wardrobe was great for spotting what you needed fast but was awkward with longer cables/large powerbricks, and tended to take up space.

      Tomorrow, I’m getting a huge bag of ziplock bags to try your technique. If nothing else, it’ll save a lot of time re-tying.

  • Although I have a lot of rarely used cables which still need decent storage (and I may well use the tubes idea, my favourite method so far of storing cables, especially chargers, has been in empty peanut butter/nutella/whatever jars. They fit together neatly in a drawer, they’re see-through from the side so you can easily see if they’re empty, you can add a label on top to see what everything is instantly and by taking something out of the jar to use it and leaving the jar in place the space is effectively ‘reserved’ for that, so after a while you know exactly whereabouts in the drawer everything is. The only flaw I see with the cardboard tubes is that you won’t be able to clearly see what each cable is without taking it out – the easiest way to label them is to write on the side which isn’t visible when they’re stored like this. Any suggestions?

    • I would write a little note on a sticky (or a little piece of paper, then sticky tape it to the tube like tabs. (because of the size of the tube, it will have to be pretty small.

  • I have a heavy duty metal binder clip that is clipped an a/c vent on the front dash of my car .
    I have one of each adaptor type or audio cable hanging for it for easy identification and reach.
    Ex: cell charger, Bluetooth charger, GPS charger, MP3 or Ipad2 charger and audio cable for radio speakers. ( As I work put of my car it is no problem for any front seat passenger.

  • Great ideas here. Another thought: when handling and storing these cables, keep in mind the wires inside them are often quite thin and fragile. They are not bits of string or rope. Never tie knots in cables. Knots stretch the internal wires and can weaken them gradually, eventually they stop working correctly, or become intermittent. Treat them like they are made of gold and are irreplaceable.

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