The charging station with holes drilled.

Happy new year, dear Reader! Have you made a new year’s resolution yet? I did. In fact, I made several. One of them was to get more organized. I’m not messy, but—truth be told—I am not really as organized as I could be either. Who is? And being “not all that organized” is not so good for someone who likes to think of herself as organized. My personal chaos (I’ll call a spade a spade) mostly applies to things of the electronic nature…particularly, cables.

Some years ago, I did make a small attempt to organize the electronic cables that had been randomly strewn across my dresser by putting them all into a shoe box.  That way, they were at least somewhat contained. But in the meantime it has ended up looking like this: 

What a catastrophe!

What a catastrophe!

And somehow, random things kept ending up in that box. Like pens. (I swear I didn’t put them there.) So, I knew something needed to be done about the situation. But what??

When I was in New York last year hanging out with my BFF, I saw this nifty thing. 

A phone charging station in a restaurant. (Could have sworn this picture was in focus when I took it. )

A phone charging station in a restaurant. (Could have sworn this picture was in focus when I took it.)

Well, I thought the concept of having free access to charge one’s phone in a public place was the best thing since sliced bread or at least since free Wi-Fi (which is scarce in Switzerland). After a while, I realized that it wasn’t just nifty, it was the solution to my problem. I needed my own charging station at home!

It took me a couple of months and rounds of drafts to figure out how I wanted mine to be. Then it took another couple of months to actually get the stuff together, but finally I have my charging station. And here’s how I did it.

Approximately a bajillion years ago, we received a present of two bottles of wine in a lovely wooden box. The wine was long gone, but I still had the box—much to my husband’s chagrin each time we cleaned out the basement.

The lovely wooden wine box

The lovely wooden wine box

“Can we throw this away?”
“No.”
“Why not?”
“Because it’s too nice to throw away.”
“But you’re not using it.”
“Well, I am going to make something out of it…someday.”
“Yeah, right.” 

You wouldn't throw this away either, would you? Have a look at the inside. Isn’t this a nice box!?

You wouldn’t throw this away either, would you? Have a look at the inside. Isn’t this a nice box!?

Anyway, I measured the box and all the phones, ipods, and other electronic devices I need to charge and figured out there would be enough room for about five of them. What luck that a five-outlet extension cord fit exactly in the box.  I marked the sliding top of the box with five holes. 

Room for five cables

Room for five cables

I marked the far side of the box for an opening for the extension cord plug.

You may recognize my high-tech compass as the piece used to secure the necks of the bottles. Always upcycling!

You may recognize my high-tech compass as the piece used to secure the necks of the bottles. Always upcycling!

And I made vent holes on the side. What you can’t see here are the two grooves where the top slides open.  I realized later that these were needed to allow the cables to slide out along with the top.

The charging station with holes drilled.

The charging station with holes drilled.

 And here’s how it looks inside:

I even put twist ties around the cables to keep them tidy.

I even put twist ties around the cables to keep them tidy.

I think it looks a lot tidier now. Don’t you? 

ED_charging station before afterI didn’t make this post into a tutorial because not everyone will have a box like this. But if I’ve inspired you to do a similar project on your own, I’d be happy if you could send me a photo of it. 

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5 Responses to Wine box to phone charging station (upcycle)

  1. Amdnarg says:

    Really looks neat and keeps one from searching for plugs, outlets, devices. Was the wood finished to protect it from dirt or left natural for a reason?

  2. Margaret says:

    When are you available to help ME organize?!
    BRAVO!

  3. Stacy says:

    Yes! I have already purchased a box for this and it’s been on the to-do list for (oh this is bad) about 3 years… maybe you need to bring your tools over here stat… 😉

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