Like most families, we have a surprising number of things in our house that need chargers and cords…and recently I noticed that ALL of them are scattered throughout the house, making it very hard and frustrating to find the one you need when you need it. The charger for our phones was usually wastefully dangling from the outlet on our kitchen counter. The charger for our dust buster was for some reason in the top drawer of my bedside end table. The camera charger was in the office closet. The laptop charger was in the kitchen junk drawer.
So…my first little “NAP TO IT!” challenge for myself was to create a central storage spot for all of our chargers. This way no matter what needed charging, I’d know were to go. Here’s the breakdown of the steps so you can play along…baby down…ready… set…GO!
1. GATHER: Go from room to room, drawer to drawer, outlet to outlet, gathering up all of your chargers from around your home. (When I started gathering ours up I tried to guess how many we had. My guess was 10…we actually have 17 and I have a sneaking suspicion there are still more hiding…)
2. SORT & LABEL: Once I had my little pile gathered, I began sorting. I used my label maker to make labels for each. (If you don’t have a label maker, you can very easily label them using a small cut out strip of paper and a piece of scotch tape. Doesn’t have to be fancy, just has to be secure and legible.) By the way, there was a surprising number of chargers I stumbled upon that I had to ask Mike about, because I had no idea what they were for. Turns out, out of 17, six were for electronics we no longer owned and one neither of us could figure out what it went to.
3. STORE: I found a basket we weren’t using for anything that was the perfect size to store all the chargers. I then found a place in our kitchen hutch to keep the basket. For us, the kitchen is the perfect location since we do most of our charging on the kitchen counter. (That sentence made me laugh.) I kept the camera chargers and cords in the camera case, since that made more sense than the basket. But at least now that they are labeled, if they get misplaced, we’ll know what they go to.
4. LABEL BASKET: Once they were all nestled all cozy in their basket, I couldn’t resist making a quick label for the basket itself. Aww, just look at them…
5. ENJOY: Sigh with contentment and stare lovingly at your neatly labeled basket of chargers.
P.S. Does anyone know the proper way to recycle a charger? I know there are many organizations that will take and recycle your old cell phones, but I couldn’t find ones for just the charger alone…any ideas?