Admittedly, I haven’t been organizing as much the past year as I usually do, but I got the bug again over the holiday break and as we entered into a new year, and this was one of my quick but successful projects!
Christmas always brings more stuff that needs a place to go, and January brings the desire to organize and start a new year fresh! While Faith didn’t get toys or anything like that for gifts, she did get a Chromebook…and decided to get rid of her desk (don’t even get me started)…so a location for all of our tech gadgets was in order. In just a few minutes over our holiday break, I had Brad carry this white cabinet from the basement, located the letter sorter that Staples sent me back when I did a post for them (here), and I moved the chargers and accessories over. I had to do a little digging for boxes to use as dividers, but when you’re an organizer by trade, you have a bin just for things like that. It’s not perfect, but it’s working really well!
The cabinet was one that I used to use in the living room. I recently debated selling it as I’ve increasingly been purging things that we no longer use, but I’ve always really liked it and thought it would likely be needed down the road. Other than needing a fresh coat of paint and maybe some new shelf liner, it’s a really nice piece and is an antique. (I already regret selling Faith’s desk, so I’m glad I at least kept this!)
We needed a charging station for not only the Chromebook and our phones, but Faith and I share an iPad and Brad has one for work as well. While this letter sorter was intended to be temporary and doesn’t fit ALL of the things, it has actually been working really well for us! We can either have the Chromebook and both iPads in there at once, or the Chromebook, an iPad and two phones. Because it’s open on the sides, it’s easy to lay the tablets or Chromebook on their sides and access the charger port. I put my phone in upside down to charge it. The plug-in above the cabinet made this spot the perfect location. (I failed to include the outlet or how we hook up the chargers in the pics. Oops. You can figure it out, though.)
Prior to using this cabinet, I had our chargers in drawers of the built-in cabinets in the same room (our office/craft/piano space). It had worked pretty well for a long time, but some people in my family (who shall remain nameless) rarely put them away and if they did, cords were willy-nilly and often hanging out of the drawer. If they’d wound up them up like I did (ahem!) it worked fine, but alas, that was not to be.
The other problem was that we had been using the outlet that is now near the piano for a long time as a spot to charge phones…when there was other furniture there. Since the piano was purchased and placed there, it became a place to sit and charge things. I really didn’t want the piano getting used as a counter space and potentially getting scratched (FYI, it was getting scratched), and I couldn’t seem to get the family to use alternate outlets, so having this one centralized unit for storing and charging has been perfect. (I can’t say they put the chargers away any more than before, but they’re not on the piano.)
This project was a perfect example that you can easily divide drawers with things you may already have around the house. Here’s are some favorites that I used:
- Clear acrylic box LIDS. The acrylic containers were used in the bathroom to divide those drawers (see here), and I’d kept the lids, knowing that someday they’d come in handy!
- Boxes and box lids. My favorites: iPhone boxes (white and sturdy!), Birch Box boxes (I don’t subscribe but my SIL does and she gives gifts in them…lucky for me!), checkbook boxes (though mine don’t come in boxes anymore), or any other sturdy box that’s the right height for the drawer.
Since Faith no longer has a desk (grrrr…seriously, dumb, dumb, dumb of me to let her do that!), she no longer has a place for some of her notebooks and things. The extra drawers and cabinet space are being used for those things. Another problem solved!
I love when an organizing challenge is solved with some quick “shopping” around the house!