Three years ago, I finally got a handle on our electronics and wrote this post. (Sorry, the pictures were taken with a Blackberry!)
That system is still working today and hanging in our laundry room. But 3 years is like 3 decades in electronic time.
Here’s a link to this product on Amazon.
All these phones have passed their prime in that amount of time. And NONE of them work!
Why, oh why do we keep broken items… and in my case, ORGANIZE THEM?! Talk about crazy! (You can read all about how to dispose of old phones here.)
If you are having trouble organizing electronics, there is a good reason. Organizing electronics is hard because you are either USING them or CHARGING them or trying to FIND them.
Every day, I am becoming more dependent on my iPhone, iPad, and computer. My laundry room organizer is a place to store what we are NOT using, but what about what we ARE using?
With 2 adults and 2 teenagers, everyone is now in charge of charging and FINDING their own electronics. To make this easier, I bought colored chargers for the kids at Walmart for $5. It’s really easy to tell if my teenage boy has my daughter’s charger and vice versa.
So here is a rundown of who is using what and where we charge it.
Abby has an iTouch and my old iPad.
Her iTouch and iPad were charged EVERYWHERE and frequently lost. Installing this ledge in her bedroom has helped.
Joey has an iTouch, an old iTouch, a phone, a school computer, a school iPad, and he has recently resurrected his Nintendo DS when I pulled out the games to sell!
That child has NEVER lost an electronic device. It’s mind boggling. He is SUCH an electronic kid. It’s just how he thinks. A few years ago, I concocted this “safe” to lock it all up at night. But now that he is 15, he is in charge of his electronics 24 -7.
Joey’s school computer is charged in the dining room, and he handles the rest on his own. Oh, and yes, I can control the access he has to the internet device-by-device through our smart router.
Hubby has a new Nook and an iPhone. He charges his phone beside his wallet each night.
I use my iPhone and laptop ALL day long. Both need recharging during the day.
I charge my phone and iPad by my bed at night.
I also charge my phone at my desk and in my car. Which reminds me, I should plug it in now.
We used to have a centralized charging station, but as our family has gotten older and more mobile, so has our electronic charging.
More observations about electronics…
I used to spend much of my electronic organization time maintaining the STUFF that went with the electronics… DVDs, games, remotes, and manuals. Now with apps and Netflix, all of that is virtually gone!
Oh, and one more thought… headphones.
Those are temperamental and were hard to corral, too. Abby has a $5 retractable colored set from Walmart. I use the YurBuds brand headphones with microphone for my phone, and Joey used birthday money to get Beats.
Here is my Amazon link to my favorite headphones.
Once again, color coding instantly identifies whose headphones are whose.
So, what about you? What are your best electronic organizing tips?