Use a Binder Clip
We obviously love binder clips, and they make for great cable-management tools. You can use them to hold your wrapped headphones in place so they don’t get tangled up in your bag, or you can use a binder clip as the actual wrapping device. Slap on the binder clip near the earpiece end and begin wrapping the cord around the two metal arms. You can use it as a cable shortener and even clip it on to your backpack for hassle-free listening. When you’re done, you can take the headphone jack and feed it through the wider opening of the arms to keep it all in place. This method is very versatile, but it takes up a lot of space, so you won’t be able to just slide your headphones in and out of your pocket.
Braid Your Headphones Using Paracord or Embroidery Floss
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The Over-Under Method
You’re simply alternating two different kinds of loops to counteract any kind of tangling when you unravel your headphones, so start by making a regular loop and then make another loop that goes in the opposite direction. The easiest way to do this is to grab the cable underhand, then bring it up and twist it a little as you make a loop out of it. This method can be a little tricky at first and may take a bit of practice, but it doesn’t tangle your headphones at all and they’re easy to unravel when you need them quickly.
Use An Old Credit Card
Just like the binder clip, you can use the card as a cable shortener and it takes up less space. However, wrapping a cable around a credit card creates sharps bends in the cable that could ruin your headphones over time. Plus, it’s something that you can’t use in a pinch, since it takes a little bit of time to make.
Use Your Phone Or Player
You can do this many ways, but arguably the best method is to create a half-loop before you start wrapping the cable around, and then use the loop to secure the end by tightening it down. It’s a bit tricky at first and can take some practice (see the video at the top of this post for a demo). An added bonus: you won’t be able to slip your device in and out of your pocket.
The Hook-Em-Horns Method
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