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Make an easy iPad storage stand with egg cartons!

Make a super easy tablet charging station with some egg cartons and a spare box

We have a few tablets because of being in the app development business, and for also playing Plants Vs Zombies etc, but this lead to the ongoing question of “Where can we put the iPads so they can charge all in one place without them forming a clattery Jenga stack and/or occupying Every Flat Surface”   (I never liked the idea of having a whole lot of hot chargers in an enclosed space, so this is an open basket next to a power point)

You will need:

  • two cardboard egg cartons (6, 10 or 12 egg size, depending on your needs and the size of the box you find)
  • a box that is about the width and length of your two egg cartons… I happened to have this basket that was the right size
  • scissors

Step one:  Trim off the lid and flap of your egg cartons.

Step one: trim flap and lid off egg carton.

Step two: Cut flat-bottomed slots out of your carton along one side, where the round part of the egg cup bit connects with the edge. The slots should go down to around the same level as the middle bumps between the egg cups.

Cut slots in the side of your egg carton.

Step three: Repeat the step one and two with another egg-carton. Put them side by side, to make sure the slots are kind of in the same place. At this stage you might want to measure how big a rectangle they make side by side, unless you plan to just take them around the house and trying to jam them into different boxes, which is what I did.

Line up your two cartons and the slots in them.

Step four: Find a cardboard box or some other box or rectangular basket that will fit the cartons snugly in the bottom. Remember you can trim the egg cartons on the ends or the outside edge a little bit, so if your box is just a little bit small that would probably be perfect. Don’t trim it so it’s narrower than the tablets you want to fit in there because that would be super annoying. If you have a cardboard box you can put stickers or wallpaper or something on it, IDK, make it fancy.

step_four_egg_carton

Step five: Stand your tablets up in the slots with their charging holes (?) pointing upwards. They’ll sit across between the “peaks” of the carton. (Tim tells me that it is actually called a dock connector)

Insert tablet A into slot B

Step 6: Put the basket somewhere good with a powerpoint or multipack nearby, and plug them in.
Viola Check it out!

egg_carton_last_step

 

 

Half-Tidying avoidance

Half-tidying” is when you only sorta-kinda put things away.  You know, you open the bathroom cupboard, scroonch up your eyes and just shove that new shower-puff into the nearest space. I’m prone to this because if I look properly I get stressed about where the “correct” place is to put that thing, and in order to locate that “correct” place I think I need to empty everything out of the cupboard and have an extended Tetris-type arranging party and it will take hours I tell you, hours. Bah.

Of course that sort of behaviour just builds on itself, because each hastily-placed thing wobbles on top of the previous pile of things, making it more likely to avalanche forth when you open the door. You think that only happens in the movies? It’s more fun at 2am, I tell you what.

But I was typing this I saw, in my mind’s eye, the FlyLady waving her finger at me.  “You can do anything for 15 minutes!” she says. “Get off your arse, Rosie!” she adds, somewhat unexpectedly for a woman from North Carolina, “Get a plastic bag and set your timer and sort out that cupboard!”

OKAY FINE.

Setting the timer

Later….
I finished the job in twenty-something minutes. (I paused my timer early because of an Urgent Child Related Interruption and forgot to restart it)

  • 2 pairs tiny nail clippers  and an unopened packet of emery boards in donate box
  • 1 and a half supermarket bags of rubbish taken out
  • all the loose rags back in the rag bag
  • loo paper and tissues on proper shelf
  • all the bottles, packets etc back in correct baskets
  • even fit the vacuum cleaner back in the bottom!

Bathroom cupboard beforeLIKE A BOSS

Plain labels work tooAnd I added some quick labels, to help me put things back properly next time around:

because you don’t have to go Full Pinterest  on your entire house to get things organised; ballpoint and $2 shop stickers will do the job. If I want to go back and make fancypants labels with stamps or something I can do that another day.

Great Success.

Half-Tidying (AKA I’ll just leave this here)

fruitbowl

Here are some things I have “just” put in the wrong place “for now” in the past day or so.

  • mucky yoghurt lids (the bin is full and it’s too mucky it’ll stick to the bin lid)
  • toy walkie talkie in fruitbowl (half of a pair)(I don’t know what to do with it)
  • CD taken out of car CD player into the case of the CD I’m putting in (always, always; have a queue of incorrectly boxed discs going back to 1990*)
  • Knotted nest of necklaces resembling a junk-jewellery rat king (put on dressing table because ehhhhh I can’t untangle it but don’t want to put it back in the box to incorporate every other set of beads)
  • Fitbit that’s been through the wash twice put on the same dressing table (because maybe it’ll do a Sherlock and be only pretending to be dead)

You know.

Then Dan Howell (Danisnotonfire) from the You Tubes talked about it better than me. (note: video includes cussing)

One week ago I did a hard-core complete tidy of this room and yet here I am standing in a post-apocolyptic laundry pile. … So, how did this happen? I’ve thought about it and I think it’s because people tend to only ever do half-tidies. Instead of putting stuff where it’s actually supposed to go, you just cop-out half way…. That one thing won’t matter, but if you do it with every bowl, sock, disc, and piece of paper, everything slowly builds up, and before you know it, you’ve ruined your life”

What is the solution? Not making a promise to yourself that you’re never again to cram a thing into the wrong cupboard, or swearing black and blue that the coffee table is not a home for the dog’s leash or your second best scissors, because then the next time you “forget” you’re likely to feel super faily.

There are just two three parts to the answer:

  1. when you next pick up a thing, put it where it belongs, ESPECIALLY if the place it belongs is the laundry-basket, the sink/dishwasher, or the rubbish bin.
  2. make a habit of visiting all the places where you tend to “just put” things and putting them away properly before they grow to epic proportions. Flylady calls these places Hotspots. You can call them what you like.
  3. and Repeat.

Think about adding your hotspot patrol to your afternoon routine, or keep it in the back of your mind for when you’re on the phone and want to do something absent-minded while you talk. Or both.

 

 

*Oh man, that’s the year before that Dan guy was born. What is my life.

 

Bonus SCIENTS:

The Elephant Shrew (or Sengi) makes trails then rushes every day picking up anything that’s fallen in its path.