There's a reason the video showcasing this low-tech, but genius way to corral fall leaves went viral. All you need is a giant piece of cardboard and a quick and nimble young person to push all your leaves to the edge of the yard.
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.