I have been a busy gal these past ten days or so. I’ve been painting, rearranging, hanging neglected artwork, reorganizing, purging, and generally working to make our house a home where we like to be. It seems that things kind of creep out of hand after awhile and I start to notice too many undone projects weighing on my mind. One thing that has been bothering me for at least a year – probably longer, is our out-of-control electronics recharging gadgets!
It seems we’re never really happy with where we end up plugging in our phones, Kindles, iPods … all those things that must be recharged on a regular basis. We’ve tried nightstands, the bathroom counter, the desktop, the kitchen counter, the kitchen table – and not been happy with the resulting mess! I’ve been keeping my eye out for some “miracle recharging station” in one of those great organizational catalogs. Well, since I haven’t found one and since I was already rearranging furniture and clearing some of the clutter out of my bedroom, I decided to make my own using a drawer in a dresser in my room.
First, I found a scrap piece of bubble wrap and cut it to fit the bottom of the drawer so there would be some soft cushioning under our electronic devices. I would have liked a piece of packing foam, but I used what I had on hand.
Next, I raided my scrap wallpaper stash and found a pattern I liked. I cut it to fit the drawer exactly and laid it on top of the bubble wrap. This gives the drawer a finished look. You could use fabric, thick gift wrap, or craft paper, too.
Then I used a 1 1/2″ drill bit to drill a hole through the backing on my dresser. You could also use a night stand, hutch, sideboard, desk, or anywhere that’s convenient. The only requirement is a spare drawer you can use that’s near a power outlet.
Finally, I attached a power strip to the back of the drawer with a couple of screws and fed the cord through the hole in the back of dresser. I plugged it in, plugged my recharging cords into it, and flipped on the switch. Voila! I no longer have to fight with cords dangling off my nightstand or the bathroom counter, or worry about spilling orange juice on my iPod in the kitchen.