I’ve mentioned before that I have a small kitchen. One of the secrets to happy work in a tiny space is keeping countertops clear, so I choose to store small appliances that I use occasionally in a cupboard. However, I hated fighting with cords when moving them in and out.
The solution turned out to be a simple elastic band. I wrap an elastic around the appliance. When I am putting it away, I simply wrap the cord, and tuck the plug under the elastic. An instant, effective and almost-free solution. To reduce cord twist (another great Grr! inducer), as you are wrapping, make sure you keep the cord flat.
HINT: the elastics you often find on bunches of broccoli or similar produce, is the perfect size and sturdiness for this appliance cord control.
I keep a package of elastics in a kitchen drawer to secure open packages with smaller elastics, i.e., pasta. For short pasta, I fold the open end over the bag, and wrap an elastic around the bag, catching the open end. For straight pasta, like spaghetti or linguini, I simply wrap an elastic firmly around the bag and noodles, trapping the pasta into a tight roll. I don’t remember the last time I had dry pasta flying across my cupboards, once a fairly regular event.
Buy a package of assorted elastics and find a place to store them that is easy to access in the kitchen. I seem to go to my elastics at least once a day, using them to solve new storage problems on a regular basis.