Monday, January 25, 2010

Simple Wall-Mounted Charging Station

I'm participating in DIY day at ASPTL
and Works For Me Wednesday at We are That Family!

If you've ever read the flylady you know all about hot spots, otherwise known as those little surface areas that tend to be piled with a new load of junk everyday. The catch all spots that each member of your family adds a few items to everyday until you can no longer see the surface.



Here's mine:


Let's see...
My bag? check.
Jellybean's favorite princess sweatshirt? Check.
Boogie's measuring tape? Check.
Gloves? Bible? Pirate hat? Check, check and check, matey!


Nester's post a few days ago inspired me to try to sort out my problem with a simple solution. You may not be able to tell from this photo, but my biggest problem in this area is not all the clutter, It really doesn't take long for me to sort those items back to their original owners. The biggest problem here is this:


There are so many little devices that tend to get charged here and their respective cords tend to hang out and party here long after their devices have been charged. I've wanted to incorporate some kind of charging station in this area for a while. I looked into buying one, but aside from costing more than I'm willing to spend, they all seemed to take up too much real estate on a small counter top like mine. I thought something wall mounted would be perfect, but I didn't have any luck finding a wall-mounted charging station that could accomodate 4 plus devices.

I thought about making something- let's see... it would need to be long enough to store several devices on top, not jut out too far from the wall, and have a hollow space inside to hide the cords. Wait a minute, that sounds a whole lot like something I already own! I had this ledge shelf in my bathroom and it happened to fit the bill perfectly.



The right end covers the outlet and all the unruly cords are hidden inside. The back and bottom of the shelf are open, so I can still get to the outlet without taking the shelf down- with a little effort.




I used these to hang it on the tile.

Then I just wound up the cords with twist ties and hid them inside, extended the head and a few inches of each cord on the shelf top and taped each cord in place on the under side of the shelf.

Have you found a new practical use for something around your
home? I'd love to hear about it!

Love,











51 comments:

  1. Now that's just too clever! I love it!

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  2. Very good solution, Miss Pam!!! :) Had no idea you could use those sticky things to hang heavier items. Looks great!!

    PS. I love how random your pile of stuff is. Just like mine: Bible, T's tie, a box of Phonics flashcards, a tube of lotion, and a small pile of Princess party stuff that I still haven't packed away. (blushing)

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  3. That is such a neat idea. I'm going to go searching my house (and perhaps my mom's if I can't find one)for one of these.
    Thanks so much.

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  4. What an amazing idea! I love it!

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  5. Oooh! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing it!

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  6. So clever!!!

    You can see my DIY project here...
    http://bethouaknight.blogspot.com/2010/01/diy-magazine-holder.html

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  7. Okay, that's BRILLIANT. Absolutely brilliant!

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  8. I have a spot with the same dilemma and I also have a shelf very similar to that one...only mine is only open in the back...will have to make some modifications and see what I come up with.

    Thanks for posting this. You've definitely inspired me.

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  9. Great idea and you implemented beautifully!

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  10. I love the shelf there - so clever! Just took a look at your sofa post - wow, I am amazed -It's GORGEOUS! I Love it! You did an amazing job! Upholstery is the one thing that frightens me...

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  11. That's a wonderful idea! So simple, but just perfect for this use.

    Boy, do I ever know about hot spots! Thanks for the inspiration to look for a simple solution for them.

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  12. awesome! problem solved and nothing spent - I love it!

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  13. Oh that is brilliant!! Now if only a little shelf would help me with my clutter :)

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  14. That is BRILLIANT!!! I am SO doing this...today! Thanks for sharing your brilliant idea.

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  15. What a great idea, Pam! I have a spot in my kitchen that is almost identical for yours. A little run of counter sandwiched between a wall and the fridge. It's not my problem clutter area, but I certainly have plenty of those. This is a great solution for all of those cords.

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  16. Glad I made you laugh this morning. I have to go wash some dishes now. ;)

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  17. Great idea! It looks so nice and neat!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  18. THANK YOU for the tip on Kirkland's! I don't know if mine is going out of business, but I have a gift card to there that I need to use!! :s Have a wonderful weekend!

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  19. What a great idea! I get so tired of all our tangled cords!!

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  20. That's brilliant!! I'm putting this on my FB page!

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  21. Brilliant solution! I have one of the desk mounted versions, but it's become a catch-all. I'll have to go see if I can re-do it into something like this. Thanks for the inspirarltion.

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  22. are there holes in the top of the shelf for the cord to go through to reach the devices?
    Love it!

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  23. If you get the wall-mount folded paper towel holder (like this Healthy Shelf http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/cleaning/healthy-shelf-towel-dispensers-at-costco-045314) and it holds a 6 outlet surge surpressor and bulky AC adaptors just fine. PLUS there is a large rectangular hole on the bottom (for the towels) that you can route cables in and out of, and a hold on the top of the shelf where the top comes out. I have one in my bathroom to hold all the chargers for razors, shavers, etc - even a radio!

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  24. This is brilliant! Could you tell us where you bought the shelf? I'd love to do the same.

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  25. Great post, Pam!
    I like the innovation and space saving solution to this everyday problem. Keep up the good work,
    Nick

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  26. Good Ideal !

    But dangerous for Fire...

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  27. Hi Everybody- just wanted to jump in to say there is really no danger of a fire hazard with this particular shelf since it is open in the back and on the bottom.

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  28. Where did you get the shelf?

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  29. Fantastic idea! Okay, I'm not the home decor type, yet even tech geeks get tired of all the wires.
    You have any ideas for the mess behind computers?

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  30. Neat idea, but it doesn't solve a fundamental problem: unplugging the chargers when not in use!
    Leaving them plugged wastes energy. Something to have in mind for the next revision! :)

    Cheers,
    -Pat

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  32. Pam, SUCH a great idea- but I think Pat has a very valid point! Installing a switch between your wall outlet and your phone charging devices would allow you to turn them off during the day so they don't hang out and party while you away (and sip, sip, sip on your electric bill). A simple switch with a plug on one end and an outlet on the other can be found at any hardware store, but for this space-conscious project, a compact power-strip might be even better, as it would combine both functions into one device!

    Keep up the great work!

    --kevin

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  33. Thanks for your concern for the environment and my electric bill! I am trying to incorporate the switch/power strip idea. I'll let you know how it goes!

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  35. Great idea.

    Unfortunately, it is not very green, as the charges remain plugged into the outlet even when the devices are not being charged...

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  36. I bought this one on amazon. It works better and offers more features than some that I've purchased in the past.

    www.3dsi.biz

    Found it on amazon by searching iview charging station on amazon

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  37. Good idea. I like these kind of ideas to save space and at the same time get organized.

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  38. This is exactly what I didn't know I was looking for. I wanted some sort of charging station, but didn't see anything I liked in the stores. I'm surely not going to pay the retail prices for something that doesn't exactly fit the bill. And so I searched...and searched...and finally came across your posting. You have not only come up with my perfect solution, you shared it with the world. Thank you, Pam!

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  39. I've been searching the internet for a DIY wall-mounted charging station. I hope mine turns out as perfectly as yours! Thanks for the awesome idea!! -Angel in Alabama

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  40. Hi Pam, great idea...I struggle with too many wires and devices lying around..Do you know where you bought the original shelf? I have cherry wood cabinets in my kitchen and this looks perfect. thanks

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