Easy Desk Organizer

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About: Made in Canada, I grew up crafting, making, and baking. Out of this love for designing and creating, I pursued a BFA in product design from Parsons School of Design in NYC. Since then I've done work for Mart...

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'.

Step 1: What You'll Need

- 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

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

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!

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

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!

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    mooster

    1 year ago

    This looks amazing and much more practical than trying to find and retrieve miscellaneous things from my usual pencil cup that tips too easily. Can't wait to try it. I might need a couple of these in the sewing room, too.

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    Fathomlis

    1 year ago

    NO WAY. That is so genius! Really awesome! I love it and like it...no jokes...

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    Roman Dolewa

    1 year ago

    Very clever. 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.

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    Hrollur

    2 years ago

    What a brilliant idea and looks great. So different from the usual boxes which end up a big mess anyway.

    Is there no risk of scratching the phone screen?

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    Yonatan24

    2 years ago

    That's a really good idea! If it's clean, It's good!

    I had my special needs students make these as gifts for their parents....they loved it

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    andy.knote

    3 years ago on Introduction

    That is really clever! Like it a lot. Great instructable, great photos and step-by-step instructions. Nice Work!

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    mrcaderly

    3 years ago

    This is awesome and so easy to do! Thanks for sharing!

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    feeorin

    3 years ago

    love the simplicity of this one, leaving lots of room for color/mod/personal style options. so clever I'm already thinking of good mods for making one. were building our house right now so it has an added bonus of being clever for my family. ty again for posting (I dont comment this often but your ideas are so clever/simple ...original mahalo!

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    c^cubed

    4 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    c^cubedc^cubed

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    missmariamoore

    4 years ago

    *clever. Fat fingers on iPhone. Sorry

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    jomz2663

    4 years ago on Introduction

    great! been thinking of what to give my wife this christmas..have one now. thanks Paige!

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    IDThoris

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Genius! I repurpose a slinky as a mail sorter, and this just wants to join it on my desk!