For the next few days, I'm going to show you a few ways I've applied the principles we've already discussed in my own home. We've already looked at my closet and the playroom, and today I'm going to show you what I've done with cell phones and other electronic devices and their chargers.
The Maestro and I did not get cell phones until we were 30 years old. My kids think that's insane. And, since we just got Bria (turning 14 next week) her first iPhone this summer, I can see why. It is very difficult to live in today's world without having a bunch of electronic devices.
And those devices (phones, iPods, Kindles, iPads, etc.) contribute in a major way to all the clutter.
Even though I have always had a place where chargers are kept, half the time there wouldn't be any chargers actually in that place. This is because we didn't have a designated spot for charging. If my cell phone was dying, I would often have to search all over the house to find the right charger for it.
No more. Now we have created a place for all the electronic devices to charge, and the wandering cord problem has been solved. Also, the lost phone problem has generally been solved, too, though I am still trying to get the kids to remember to put their phones and iPods back when they are finished.
Easy DIY Electronics Charging Station
I liked the idea of a drawer for a charging station. This way, all the cords and devices could be hidden. The Maestro and I did a lot of shopping around to find something that might work for the space in our living room where we planned to put it.
We finally found this one at Target:
It matched our style and decor, and it was the perfect size for the space. More importantly, it had a drawer.
We also purchased a power strip with 7 outlets and 2 USB ports, which makes it capable of charging up to nine devices simultaneously. (Here is a similar one on Amazon.) With five people in our family, nine is not excessive at all.
We currently have: 3 iPhones, an iPad, a Kindle, and one iPod. (Used to be two, but Chloe's is officially dead.)
Plus, that leaves two more outlets to accommodate any future devices brought into the home. And believe me, it's a matter of when, not if!
Our first line of business was to drill large holes into the back of the drawer. A one-inch hole is generally big enough for most plugs, so we started with that. You will need a special drill-bit.
Unfortunately, the plug on our power strip was a little too large for the one-inch hole.
So we just drilled another hole right next to it. You can see where I had started drilling on the back of the cabinet. The drill died right then, and so I took a photo while it was charging back up. The Maestro finished the job later, and I never got a photo of it.
That made it just big enough to feed the plug through the back of the cabinet.
I didn't bother to secure the surge protector to the back of the drawer, but it could easily be done with screws. For us, it works just fine to have it just leaning up against the back of the drawer.
I used zip ties to make the cords shorter, otherwise they get tangled too easily. They are easily removed if someone needs to take their charger out of the drawer. We can always put another one on.
Here is what it looks like with one phone, the iPad, and the Kindle in the drawer. Sophia's iPod is missing, Chloe's finally bit the dust, and Bria and Joel have their phones with them right now. So this is what we get. :)
I also like that you can easily charge your phone on top of the cabinet if necessary. I frequently do this during the day because I have a hard time hearing it when it is inside the drawer.
Luckily the space between the drawer and the top is just large enough for the charging cords to fit through without getting smashed.
We are using the bottom portion of the cabinet to hold our scriptures and purses. The "wine" part of the cabinet makes it a little strange to store anything else, so I am thinking of trying to at least take out the glass holders. Still, it works well for the scriptures and purses, and I am happy that the cell phone charging mess is fixed!
|Man, I am really struggling to get good photos of this project! My house is so dark in the fall and winter! Hopefully you get the point, anyway, and maybe I'll finally invest in a speedlight.|
- Ask yourself if your electronic devices and charging cords have a permanent home.
- Do they stay there?
- Brainstorm ways to make an electronics station that will work for you and your home.
Here is some fun inspiration from around the web:
1. Turn an old medicine cabinet into a charging station by Eden Makers Blog.
2. Bedside charging station by The DIY Playbook.
3. Turn an old mail sorter into a charging station by Bluebird Sing.
4. Turn a bread box into a charging station by The Kim Six Fix.
Find all of the posts in this 31 Day Challenge here: A Place for Everything: 31 Days to Less Clutter and More Peace.
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