10 Ways to Organize All Those Gadget Cords and Chargers

Tired of looking at those phone, tablet, or camera chargers and cords? These do-it-yourself charging stations would make Martha Stewart proud.

10 Ways to Organize All Those Gadget Cords and Chargers Photo (cc) by ♔ Georgie R

At least 90 percent of Americans now own a cellphone, and 44 percent of them admit to having slept with their phone at their bedside lest they miss a call or message, according to the Pew Research Center.

Not that we needed numbers to tell us, but statistics confirm we’re increasingly addicted to our cellphones, smartphones, tablets, e-readers, mp3 players and digital cameras. But the more we run our lives with the help of gadgets, the more our homes become overrun with chargers and cords.

You could easily spend $40, $50 or even $100 on a charging station to be able to neatly power up all your devices in one spot. Or you could invest as little as a few bucks and a few minutes in a DIY version.

These unique options — directions included — will power up your devices while helping hide their chargers and cords in everyday objects you have lying around the house or could find at a thrift store:


Hardcover book as charging dock via The DIY Treatment or Little Lovelies. (Ready-made handmade versions can cost as much as $50.)


Fabric charging station via Positively Splendid.

Wine Crate

Wine crate as multidevice charging station via eHow.Scrap Wood 1

Scrap wood as freestanding multidevice charging station via Sugar Bee Crafts.

Scrap Wood 2

Scrap wood as under-cabinet mounted multidevice charging station via Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer.


Small suitcase as multidevice charging station via Design Sponge.

mail organizer

Mail organizer as multidevice charging station via Driven by Decor.


Tool box as multidevice charging station via Funky Junk Interiors.

cardboard box

Cardboard box as multidevice charging station via Tasha Chawner.

bread box

Bread box as multidevice charging station via Four Generations One Roof or Instructables.

For more organization inspiration, check out our video highlighting “8 Creative Ways to Clear Clutter.” And if you have any clutter-clearing ideas of your own, share them below or on our Facebook page.

Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More


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