The most popular post I had on my old website was about using a letter tray as a decorative charging station. It was actually part of a larger project to organize a desk/home office area. But, it was the letter tray as docking station that most cost people’s attention. So, of course for the new blog, I am bringing it back!
One area of chronic disorganization on our shared desk was the charging area. Initially, it wasn’t that big of a problem. But as the kids got older and we added more devices, the cords and electronics started taking over the desk area. I had tried a couple of different decorative docking stations, but I was never happy with them. We just couldn’t seem to keep the cords hidden and the devices confined.
Finally, after much scouring of Pinterest and thinking about the problem, I had an idea. I had purchased a few desk accessories to deal with the paper, office supplies, etc on the desk. On thing that I had purchased was a black, brocade letter tray from The Container Store. It had lots of openings all over it. It would be perfect as a practical, yet decorative docking station.
I simply put a power strip behind the desk, threaded the charging cords through the back side of the tray and taught everyone to drop everything into the tray as soon as they came in the door!! The great thing is that it can accommodate a variety of devices as the electronics inventory shifts over time.
Original picture of my decorative docking station:
Since my original post, I have tweaked the setup just a bit. I moved the tray out of the corner of the desk to the center, moved the iPad (new case!) to the tray and added a few new cords.
Here it is today:
What is your solution for containing your electronics?