We've featured some elaborate solutions for storing unused cables, ranging from headphone-style wrapping to toilet paper roll constructions. Reader Stuart points out that if you don't have specialist ties, you can get good results with nothing more than paper and sticky tape.
Stuart explains the concept:
For a long time I've been using this idea; when you don't have cable-ties or velcro, you can use a strip of paper and some sticky tape. By attaching the tape to the paper you don't end up having sticky residue on the cables. Eco tip: use scrap paper from the photocopier if possible.
Potential advantage of this approach over rubber bands, the other obvious stationery option: they're less likely to snap when they apply and you can control the tension more precisely, thereby minimising the risk of excessive pressure on the cables (a topic which often stresses Lifehacker commenters). Thanks Stuart!