Use a sunglasses case to store cords and cables in your bag. I love using my old eyeglass cases. I use them all the time fo keep my jewelery in when I travel. and also for those cords for your iphone ipod, etc.
Upcycling old desks to make a small office space with ample storage/shelves! Too bad I'm not crafty enough to make it. But it sure looks cool! If only they would let me paint the desks at work this color.