Okay, so my project this weekend was to organize my two large cardboard boxes of spaghetti-like ethernet, phone, and power cables (among others). I’ve got them all untangled and stacked nicely into little piles to be stored away for quick access when needed. So far so good. Now comes the part that has so far baffled me–how the heck do I coil or bundle each cable into a neat loop? You know, like when it first arrived in the plastic wrap?
I’ve tried different things–taking an arbitrary length of cable and folding it (gently, not to stress the cable) one length over the other but this seems crude and clumsy. The resulting bundle is not too ideal. I’ve also tried the more difficult method of looping the cable around and around trying to keep the loop stable as it builds up but after a certain amount of loops I begin to lose control and it becomes unraveled or collapses in on itself. It can be very frustrating. So my question is simply: Is there any standard way to coil/bundle cables in a way that is compact, elegant, something that efficiently uses space without damaging the cable with extreme bends? Is this an art form? or do most people just not even bother?
I’ve searched the net for this type of info but couldn’t find anything relative to the question… if such a process exists I imagine some images of the process would be immensely helpful as it would probably be difficult to explain in words. In any case, please let me know your methods if you have any.