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Easy Desk Organizer

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Need a gift for that design-minded family member or friend? Turning broom heads into a desk organizer / smart phone charging station is an easy and cheeky way to repurpose AND give the gift of cool, functional 'homemade'.
 
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Step 1: What you'll need

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- 2 x 10" x 2.75" natural bristle broom heads
- phone charging cable
- 8 x stick-on rubber feet
- scissors

*I got the broom heads at a janitorial supply store, but have also seen them at hardware stores.

Step 2: Laying Down Rubber

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On the bottom of both broom heads, stick a rubber foot in each corner - approximately 1/4" in from the edges.

Step 3: Making Your Phone Slot

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There's a natural space in the middle of the bristles of each broom head where the holes for the broom handle are. This is where your phone will be housed while charging. On ONLY ONE of the broom heads, take your scissors and trim up that space until your phone slides in and out easily. BE CAREFUL! If you cut too much away your phone won't stand up straight.

Step 4: Get Wired!

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Take your phone charging cable and feed it through the bristles into the hole that has the threads, USB end first. Pull it all the way through so the end that plugs into your phone is just sticking up above the bristle tops.

NOTE: The images provided are for an iPhone charger. If your cable is different and the smallest end is the one that plugs into the phone, feed it through the other way, reversing the direction indicated in the photos and come up through the bottom instead.

Step 5: Get it Together

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Place your new organizer close to an outlet or to your computer, plug your charging cable into a power source and you're ready to get organized and charged!!

I chose the double wide (2 brush heads end to end) because it worked perfectly with my computer, but there's no reason you can't go for three wide, or just one! It's totally up to you and the space you're making it for!

Please let me know if you have any other ideas for this project or feel free to leave feedback in the comments section!

c^cubed2 months ago

Do you mind sharing the janitorial supply store name and/or broom head manufacturer... I've been searching for something simple like your to no avail... Thanks!

c^cubed c^cubed2 months ago

Found it! Manufacturer is Carlisle, part # 36192 and 36292 , they make 10" and 12" versions of the shorter bristles... part # 45222 if you want a huge 24" with long bristles! Awesome project... thanks again!

basschica3 months ago

Love this idea! Voted!

*clever. Fat fingers on iPhone. Sorry
jomz26633 months ago
great! been thinking of what to give my wife this christmas..have one now. thanks Paige!
flipbook4 months ago
Fantastic!
IDThoris4 months ago
Genius! I repurpose a slinky as a mail sorter, and this just wants to join it on my desk!
catkinson544 months ago
Have a question, how do you get the rest of the items to stand up? Do they just get stuck in the bristles and just stand up on their own? I really like this.
Paige Russell (author)  catkinson544 months ago
Hi catkinson54,

Yes, everything gets stuck in, and held up, by the bristles! It works best with pointy bottom things and not as well with flat bottomed things. Happy organizing!
Godisforme4 months ago
I love this! I have pens and pencils all over my desk with some in cans but can't really see what's in them. You could even up-cycle a moderately used one as the bristles are bent in one direction. For a child's room you could paint the bases in primary colors. Let teens decorate their own. You could use a push broom which much bigger if your space needed it. Try Lowe's, Home Depot, etc.
cr8smthng4 months ago
Simple and genius. I think if you paint the bristles green and stick some fake flowers on it, maybe paint the base a flowerpot like colour, people might have a hard time telling it was a broom. Very clever.
painting them might make them stick together, but if natural fibers, dying might work.
ClareBS4 months ago
Verrry clever idea, looks terrific.
stingy4 months ago
My wife is going to love this. I'm thinking of dying the bristles. I drilled some holes in a 2X4, but this is so much nicer. Thanx Paige
jsda774 months ago
Awesome!!!!
"Less is More"
dimtick4 months ago
LOVE IT!!
such a simple idea! Did you do anything to connect the 2 brush's or are they just butted up against each other?
I could see maybe adding adding some trim around the outside to dress it up, or maybe ribben if that's your thing or just leave as is. easily adaptable to meet different tastes.
Paige Russell (author)  dimtick4 months ago
Hi dimtick,

The rubber feet make them stay put pretty well, so they are just hanging out next to each other!

emikayee4 months ago
In all my time here at instructables, I have never actually voted for anyone's "ible"... Till this one. Well written, nice photos, great simple idea.
I'll definitely be using this idea!
Paige Russell (author)  emikayee4 months ago
Thanks emikayee!! I appreciate the vote!
LexyConroy4 months ago
you should try spray painting it different colors, like green to make it look like grass or something-- great 'ible btw
Paige Russell (author)  LexyConroy4 months ago
Funny you should mention... I was going to try bleaching the bristles and coloring them with natural fiber fabric dye, but in the end decided I liked the natural look. If you try it, please send me a picture!!
jamesabt0074 months ago
If I were to include the phone charging station and holder, would there be the possibility that there would be scratches on my screen if I did not have a screen protector?

That aside, this is a really creative idea and thank you for sharing it! I really enjoy your guides. :)
Paige Russell (author)  jamesabt0074 months ago
Hi jamesabt007,

I've been using mine for about a month and haven't had any screen/phone interactions, so I would say it wouldn't be an issue. If you're worried, you could always just place the organizer a little bit further away from your screen than pictured.

best,
Paige
Ahmedqatar4 months ago
Very nice!
lolson14 months ago
love this!! Simple but very effective! Congrats!
jcharbonneau14 months ago
That's cool
Matt2 Silver4 months ago
What a slick idea, thanks for sharing!
nsnip4 months ago
That's so sweep!
LexyConroy nsnip4 months ago
hahaha i love it :)
lulumeng4 months ago
good good
BLR_RAVI4 months ago
Wonderful idea and nice pictures ,
M3G4 months ago
This is genius!
Rafael MosMad4 months ago
Great idea! Thanks!
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