We live in such a digital age, which can only mean one thing, lots of battery power. For us control freaks all we see are lots of cords…. everywhere! I can definitely say control freak on this one as hubs didn’t initially seem this project was necessary.
So why is this such a pain point for me? It seems that our devices typical charging destination is the kitchen. We have lots of outlets and counter space that allows for devices to be out of little control freaks reach, since toddlers seemingly can find their way around devices better than their parents. The problem in the kitchen? Water, food, too many elements that could destroy our precious devices. Not to mention that chargers/cords seem to easily walk away so there is never one available when looking for it. Plus we aren’t following our rules of “no devices” between the hours of 5 – 8. If they had a designated home this would be easier to enforce.
Enter the charging station. A one stop shop for protecting, housing, and charging our devices. The control freak house already has a lot of devices for a small family: 2 personal cell phones, 1 work cell phone, and 1 iPad. That’s a lot of devices and a lot of cords/counter real estate.
I’ve been keeping my eye out for a reasonably priced desk organizer, the type that would hold mail & paperwork. I didn’t want to bust the bank in case the project didn’t work out. My latest trip to HomeGoods presented the perfect opportunity. HomeGoods, my hero. The $12.99 organizer is perfect for holding all our devices at one time, if need be, and it’s made of a material that I can easily drill holes into for cords to run freely.
Safety is first and foremost. You don’t want to overload an outlet or hub. Please be sure to pay attention to technical specs to ensure everything is compatible, capable, and safe. This also includes the use of manufacturer or third-party equivalent cables. There are a lot of deals on the internet, but this is one area you don’t want to hunt strictly for bargains. With that said, there are multiple ways to create extra power sources (including wall plates that have USB outlets). Choose what works best for your set-up and devices. We decided to go with the Anker PowerPort 5 USB Charger with PowerIQ.
From there it was as simple as drilling a few holes to allow for the cords to connect to the hub and the hub to the outlet on our counter. Thanks to hubs for helping out here.
- $25.99 for the USB Hub on Amazon
- New lighting to USB cords on Amazon (was much-needed)
- $12.99 for the organizer from HomeGoods
- No cord chaos, priceless!
Some notes to learn from, as we did during the process:
- Make sure the organizer or home for your devices will fit everything, was bit of a tight squeeze for us
- Make sure the USB cords are long enough, turns out my new short cords were too short