Working on client computers for many years gave me a unique point of view on what does (and doesn’t) work — and mistreating your computer cables leads to trouble down the road. Cables aren’t just a bit of wire wrapped in plastic. Most contain a series of wires braided together in specific ways to let them to efficiently transmit information from the connector at one end with the connector at the other. Twisting, crimping, knotting or jamming cables in a drawer eventually damages the wires inside.
A friend of mine in the film business once pointed out to me that audio and video cables have a natural twist in them that, if you follow it, will let you wrap a cable so it won’t get tangled. I found this video that explains how to wrap cables in a way that follows the natural twist, and now I’m a believer. Check it out: