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How To Coil Your Own Phone Cord (video included)

How To Coil Your Own Phone Cord

My husband Steve and I have about a trillion cords.  Phone charger cords, laptop cords, kindle cords, ear phone cords, etc.  But I think the ones that bug me the most…are the cell phone cords that plug into the jacks inside the car. And I think it’s because it’s a small space and I can’t escape them. Aggggh….I swear they multiply in there!

So, we figured out a way to contain the crazy cord problem.

We permanently coiled them.

And to me, this is like the different between dirty clothes strewn across the floor, versus gathered up in a laundry basket.  It’s still there……but much tidier!

You’ll never believer how EASY this is!  And all it takes is about 3 minutes of you life………..and then voila, DONE!

And frankly, 3 minutes is worth a nice and tidy untangled cord…versus an unruly one!

And just for fun, I created a fun little video of the process……just to show you how easy it really is! :)

(There’s even a happy little tune to accompany the process, so click on the image below, and turn up the sound!)

Cool little trick, right?!

Hope that helps add a little order to your life!


How To Coil Your Own Phone Cord


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Adi Malone says:

    How do you put words into a video? I have watched so many cool videos that have words in them and I have always wondered how to add words!

  2. Gail Sciortino says:

    I just did it!!!! THANKS soon much! After just finishing surfing on amazon for a coiled cord for the car, and only finding ONE ugly clear orange one I turned to Pinterest,and searched for coiled cords. There you were! lol…Anywho I don’t know if the length of my car charger was meant to go from the trunk to the front or what but jamming that thing into the glove box drove me nutz! I coiled 2 cords and they are perfect. I knew ahead of time that they wouldnt be like an old school phone cord that has stretch, and goes back into shape, but thats ok, your method solves an issue of a way too long cord until I can find exactly what I truly like :)
    Thank u again!

  3. Kathy says:

    Doing this would void your warranty on your cable.

  4. Lisa B says:

    The idea of lots of curly wires below my desk makes me strangely giddy…..I’m even going to try it on some of the larger, longer ones. Thanks for passing this on!!

  5. Deac says:

    Love the idea and thanks for sharing. On my first try it went fine and got the small coil, but on using it and stretching it maybe half way it did not recoil to the small size. Is this to be expected or what may I have done wrong. THanks

  6. suzette says:

    I love this! Can’t wait to do it. Knowing myself, I will be going around the house don’t it to all my cords :). Thanks for sharing this!

  7. Evelyn says:

    I tried this. I loved the idea. Something went wrong, though, because now my GFI trips when I use this cord. Not a good thing.

  8. Annie says:

    Brilliant! Thanks Ashley, and thank you for your blog and hard work! Just got electricity (we live in the sticks in deep dark Africa) and I’m excited to fire up the hairdryer that hasn’t been used, ever…ha ha. Going to sleep with the happy little tune in my head :)

    1. Ashley says:

      How cute are you!! And yeah, that little tune is constantly replaying in my head too, haha!!!

      So glad you have power…..ack, the things I take for granted! Best of luck coiling that cord! :)


  9. LucyMom says:

    Don’t you risk damaging the cord?

    1. Ashley says:

      The cord isn’t getting so hot that’s it’s melting it…’s just heat setting it at a higher temperature and it stays coiled permanently. And the wires on the inside are metal, so they are fine too. There are many on my Facebook page who have tried it and left pictures of their cords coiled, if that helps. :)

      Good luck!

    2. Evelyn says:

      yeah, mine now trips the GFI.

  10. Dhini says:

    great tip..thanks

  11. PenelopePitstop says:

    ~LOVE~ this!!!!! Thank you! :-)

  12. Katy says:

    Genius! I totally get your annoyance with cords in small places…ick! Thanks for the video!!

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha…..see? I’m not the only one! :)


  13. Edna says:

    Love it!!

  14. Mandy Gee says:

    Figured it out, if I open the link in a new window it will work, sorry about that !!

    1. Ashley says:

      I’m just noticing this now….sorry about that! But glad you got it figured out!

  15. Mandy Gee says:

    Can’t see the video, when I type the address into Youtube it says it does not exist !! What happened, did you remove it ?

  16. Nicole says:

    You are my hero!! Thank you once again for inspiring me. Love this and the short and sweet video!

    1. Ashley says:

      You’re so welcome! Glad it was helpful!!!


  17. Sheena says:

    That is too neat!! I am so going to have to give that a try.

  18. Maryse says:

    You are a genius! I’m totally doing this right now! Thanks!
    Loved the video too.

  19. Ali says:

    Such a great trick! Can’t wait to try it!

  20. Katie says:

    *pulls out hair dryer and stack of annoying cords*

  21. Ellie says:

    Fantastic idea and I loved the video.

  22. Jen says:

    I have been wonderin about doing this for some time. Between my, my hubby’s and my son’s gadgets we have a bunch of coils! I may could them al! (Mwahahahaha!)
    Thanks for sharing!

  23. Yani says:

    This is brilliant,,,I’ll do that now,,,no more messy cord….

    Thx gazillion ??

  24. kate says:

    This is a great idea! How on earth did you come up with it?

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  26. Kelley says:

    That is so cool. I can’t wait to try that on some of my most annoying cords. And I really like the fact the video had words written (I am at work so I didn’t have to listen to understand.) and was very short and sweet. I am not a big video watcher because it is hard to skim like you can when your read a post.

    So, great video and great tip!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh see? I knew the words would be perfect for some of you! :)

      Glad you liked it…..and good luck!


  27. Heather says:

    I don’t know when I’ve seen something that impressed me more. Totally doing this!

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha…….I love it! :)

  28. Karen J says:

    This is why I read your blog. You always have such neat ideas. Thanks.

    1. Ashley says:

      Totally blushing. Thanks so much Karen! :)

  29. Julia says:

    This is so cool!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks….it’s a pretty cool trick! Hope this helps solve your unruly cord problems too! :)

  30. Maggie Avrit says:

    Love the idea and LOVE your website. Thanks for all your efforts.

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Maggie…..and you’re so welcome!

  31. Caroline says:

    That’s excellent, great tip. Can I ask, how long it stays coiled for???? Just wondering if you’ve had to re coil any yet, or do the coils stay for good??

    1. Ashley says:

      I’m pretty sure they stay coiled. I coiled this one about 2 weeks ago and it’s just as coiled as the day I made it. I have pulled and tugged on the coils and straightened it out….and it goes right back. The heat re-sets it….and you’re good to go. I imagine if the coils were constantly pulled straight for a long period of time, it would loosen up a little bit….but from what I can tell, these coils aren’t going anywhere!

      Hope that helps!

  32. gina says:

    wow that’s awesome!!!

    1. Ashley says:

      Pretty cool right? Better get that hairdryer revved up! :)

  33. Maïlys says:

    That’s genius!
    My chargers/cords/electric-junk drawer thanks you!

    1. Ashley says:

      Hahaha……you’re welcome!

  34. Jeff Taylor says:

    Well, my mind is blown! Great tip!

    1. Ashley says:

      That’s totally what happened to me, when I realized it worked! :)

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