Seriously, the amount of people I see talking about needing to buy new headphones/earphones/ear buds (what do you call them?) astounds me. Sure, the ones which come with the device may not be perfect, however if you look after them they can last you years.
Make sure you keep them untangled so they can't snag things or become frayed at the bottom of your bag.
The best way to do this is loop the cord across your hand a number of times until you have about 5 inches left over. Use the remainder of cord to wrap around the middle of the formed loop to create two loops, before pulling the the plug end through the top loop and pulling to secure. Easy peasy, your earphones should no longer get all tangled up.
I like to then slide them into an old film canister so they don't get dirty at the bottom of my bag. It's amazing the amount of grime which collects at the bottom of your hand bag and the thought of it going in my ears makes me feel a bit ill.
Alright so tangled up earphones may not seem the end of the world but you know what? If you look after things you don't have to waste money buying new stuff. Also, who wants to be that person on the tube trying to get their earphones untangled from a tampon?
Go forth and preserve the life of your ear phones.
P.S. How do you keep yours from getting tangled up and broken?
P.P.S. This is the Wednesday task from Daily Housewifery Prompts which you catch up on here.