At this moment, I’ve got three stray cables plugged into my USB extender. They get used every day so I need to keep them at the ready. But, they are an unsightly mess on my desktop. They sometimes end up falling toward the back of the desk where I can barely reach. Even worse, every once in a while, a cord will fall between the cracks and behind my desk. Ugh.
There are cable organizers out there to help you keep your dangling doodads from ending up at the dust bunny party under your feet. But, they can be expensive. Especially when you can make one on your own.