Charger Nightmare - no doubt about it.
The parameters were:
- Stuff be out of sight but still easily accessible. Sometimes the chargers have to be unplugged to travel with us.
- Flexible - Who knows what that shape of the charger for the next gizmo will be?
- Expandable - This collection certainly isn't decreasing!
- Masculine in style
I made a variety of adjustments to the container to adapt it to our needs but here is the final result....
Quite an improvement!
How I adjusted the IKEA Motorp box:
Yes another IKEA Hack!
I wanted the lid to float over the box but staggered slightly to the back leaving a gap for needsed cords to drop out.
- Instead of the lid fitting over the box I needed to create a support structure to hold the lid up higher and positioned toward the back leaving a small gap for the charging cords to drop out from.
- Working in David's wood shop, I cut some 1x3" pine boards to be new corner supports. The two in the back were notched to position the cover toward the back. (Note: If you don't have access to a wood shop you can craft similar supports out of layers of recycled corrugated cardboard. Just cut them with the notches using and Xacto blade and then glue them together.)
- I cut one for each corner. They all had to be individually fitted because of the construction of the IKEA containers. The corners were different depths.
- I also cut a notch large enough for the cord for the surge suppresor. This cord is much heavier and needed its own opening. The Motorp container could be easily sliced with a standard utility knife.
- This is the cord placed in the notch.
- I used 5-minute epoxy to seal the edges of the gap to prevent fraying. I just mixed it and spread over all the fabric edges.
- Using acrylic paint, I painted all of the wood black to blend in with the interior of the box.
- Once dry, I applied double stick carpet tape to two sides of each corner support and stuck it in place.
- When all the supports were in place, I loaded up the boxes with the surge suppressors and all the chargers.
- I had previously purchase some 8" extension cords. These little cords are invaluable when trying to attach multiple charging bricks to one surge suppressor. They are available on Amazon.
What an improvement!
Previous Posts of Interest:Check out the other posts in my Organizing Series
- Cable Control for the Geek
- Organizing Ideas • One Year Later
- Kitchen Organizing • Measuring Tools
- Organizing Jewelry • Some Creative Ideas
- Organizing with Tension Rods
- Ideas for Garage Storage
- PVC to the Rescue • More Ideas on Storage
- IKEA Knuff Magazine Files • New Uses
- Binder Clip Explosion
- Cord Control
- Cable Clip Art Idea • A Great Solution
- Kitchen Organization • A Great Idea
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