The term “charging station” sounds so…bland and uninspired, but I knew I needed something to organize all of my family’s devices and charge them in one space. And, as you can see, we have a lot:
My office is actually a built-in desk in our kitchen, so it’s the perfect central place for a charging station. The challenge: find a container that would hold our gazillion devices AND look cute and stylish at the same time.
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I found a cute and inexpensive black wooden mail sorter, and I was thrilled! It was perfect, with slots wide enough for our largest iPad and small enough for iPhones and portable chargers.
Amazon has a similar style to mine here:
Next, I had to swap out a standard electrical outlet and install a 4-port USB outlet:
If you do this step yourself, you’ll need to turn off the power before you disconnect the standard outlet and reconnect the wires to the USB outlet.
After I installed the outlet, I drilled holes in the bottom of each mail slot wide enough to accommodate a USB charging cable. Then I plugged in the cables, installed the devices in their mail slots, and ensured they were all charging properly.
Finally, I wanted to cover the cables that ran from the mail sorter to the wall outlet. I found a pretty farmhouse-style hanging photo frame, and voila!