Charging Station

April 21st, 2013 | Posted by Michelle in Cleaning and Organizing - (Comments Off on Charging Station)

Starting Charging Station

I’ve got far too many electronic gizmos and gadgets, and while they either are very functional or bring me oodles of pleasure, they all have to be charged! I’ve been in the market for a charging station of some sort for quite a while, but I coulndn’t ever find one that I really liked or would work how I envisioned it in my head.

This is what I wanted in a charging station:

  • -Plenty of room for my stuff
  • -Clean and organized
  • -Not take up too much room OR also have extra storage
  • -Very well ventilated things wont overheat
  • -Classy looking/fits in with the decor
  • -Not have the chords hanging in plain site or on the floor like a monster

I could not find anything to fit my needs. They all had some sort of deal breaker that made me believe that it wouldn’t work for me the way I wanted it to. So what do I do? Make my own of course.

I started with this bench from IKEA, it came from their bathroom department and at about $40 it’s not a bad price since the rest of my materials I already had. Though I’m pretty sure that I got it on sale.

Surge Protector

Next I had to figure out how to configure all of my stuff that I needed to plug in. I’ve since gotten a new surge protector since this one seemed to have been around when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Here’s what I’ve got plugged in: iPad, phone (blackberry), drill, quick battery charger, camera battery.

The great thing about using a bench is that I have plenty of room to stack everything on top and the slats allow for great ventilation.

I can’t have my stuff overheating or catching on fire, I would not be too happy.

Velcro and Rubber Bands

I wanted the chords to stay in their one specific spot so the ends wouldn’t go flopping around everywhere or I would have to search around for the chord, so I needed to attach them to the bench but also make sure that I could remove them if needed for travel. To attach/organize my chords I used Velcro (both sticky back and non sticky) and rubber bands to tame the wild beasts that chords can become.

Velcro Attached Chords

I lined up the chords to roughly the spot I wanted them, and then put a piece of sticky Velcro on the bench. To hold down the chord I used non-sticky back Velcro. Awesome. I can move the chords if needed for travel or some other such nonsense.

Organized Chords With Velcro

With everything attached with Velcro, there was no way to lose any of my chords!

Charging Station Chords

I tamed the chords as good as possible with rubber bands, but it still is a bit of a mess.

Finished Charging Station

For now my charging station is finished. I want to eventually figure out a way to hide the chords and surge protector, but it doesn’t look too bad. I’m thinking maybe doing a false box on the front around the chords, like have it only have 3 sides, keeping the top/bottom/back open for ventilation but just covering it from the front/sides so I can’t see anything.

I’ll keep you posted.

Taming The Bobbins

June 8th, 2012 | Posted by Michelle in Cleaning and Organizing | Tips - (Comments Off on Taming The Bobbins)

Loose Bobbins

These guys are the bane of my existence.

Well ok, they aren’t really that bad, but they are one of the things that make organizing my sewing area a real nightmare! First you have to try and figure out where you are going to store them, since they are so small sometimes they can get lost. I found these great little bobbin boxes and they work fairly well to keep them all in a single spot, except…

Bobbins In Box

They are still a huge mess. The threads get tangled, you try and pull out only one but you also grab the thread of another and unwind that one until you have this huge mess that makes you want to just throw the whole container. And after you catch your breath from throwing the container you realize you’ve lost your bobbins.

Disasterous Cleaning (Again) Pt2

May 27th, 2010 | Posted by Michelle in Cleaning and Organizing - (Comments Off on Disasterous Cleaning (Again) Pt2)

Cleaning takes a lot out of a person. It really is a soul clearing experience, in my opinion.

So I went through the whole unloading of my creative crap into the living room, and now its all clean! Look at that!

Now for the nickel tour…


Disasterous Cleaning (Again) Pt1

May 24th, 2010 | Posted by Michelle in Cleaning and Organizing - (Comments Off on Disasterous Cleaning (Again) Pt1)

So…I went on my crazy cleaning spree with the fabric. I got everything into its nice and neat little piles so I could find everything and it works great.



Why in the world did I figure I should do the same thing to the ENTIRE ROOM?

I’m not really sure what possessed me to do it, but at least now Husband believes me when I say I’m going to take everything out of my room and clean.


Creating Disaster By Cleaning

May 11th, 2010 | Posted by Michelle in Cleaning and Organizing | Tips - (Comments Off on Creating Disaster By Cleaning)

So at some point during the sewing and cutting for the green quilt I decided it was imperative to CLEAN! It was hard to find some things while I was sewing, things were just put haphazardly everywhere and none of the fabric was put in a place where I could actually see all of it.

I also knew I was going to be taking on some wall hangings for other gifts that would take even more green fabric and have smaller pieces that might be harder to control. So I started looking through my closet and finding as many fabric pieces as possible and just piling it on my sewing desk.

Fabric Pile