The importance of a tech charging station

Phone and tech charging stations have become a must for our homes. Technology is a prominent part of our lives, and so we need to dedicate a piece of our home to it.  But not just to keep them safe and charged, to also keep us sane and healthy.

We live in a fast, wired, busy, distracted society for most hours of the day. So when we're home, we need to distance ourselves from our phones and screens to get perspective and to mentally and physically de-stress. Continually being attached to our phones buzzing and pinging wreaks havoc with our ability to be mindful, and it interferes with deep sleep. In addition, our electronics are constantly emitting EMFs which, over the long haul, can be dangerous to our physical health. 

And so we need to ensure that our phones and computers don't drift with us into our bedrooms, to the dinner table, or to our laps as we multitask. Dedicating a specific area in the home where we can drop our tech is a good way to simplify our lives and gain more peace.

Choose an area that's convenient but not in quiet personal or family areas like bedrooms, living rooms or dining rooms. Bedrooms, in particular, should be screen-free zones. Perhaps you can find space on a table in the entryway, in an office, or even in a hallway or a kitchen desk zone. Make sure a plug in is nearby, obviously, and use a power bar so that you can turn the whole bar off and stop wasting energy running to the phone charging cords when not in use. Keep the cords out of sight with tape, twist ties or paper clips. 

You might want to DIY a charger...

I purchased a desk organizer, wrapped it in wallpaper and punched two holes in the side and back for charging cords.

I purchased a desk organizer, wrapped it in wallpaper and punched two holes in the side and back for charging cords.

My dad used pieces of salvaged barn boards to make this custom tray that fits my tablet and phone along with some pens and reading glasses. 

My dad used pieces of salvaged barn boards to make this custom tray that fits my tablet and phone along with some pens and reading glasses. 

or use a tray to corral everything all together....

I used white duct tape to secure the charging cords to the back of the tray and into a power bar below the desk. 

I used white duct tape to secure the charging cords to the back of the tray and into a power bar below the desk. 

or purchase one...

Wood charging and docking station available on Etsy

Wood charging and docking station available on Etsy

Regardless of what you use, get your phones out of your beds, off your nightstands, out from under the cushions of the sofa, off your lap, away from the dinner table and out of reach. You'll be much happier and calmer once you do. 

Kelly Anderson

Refreshed Designs

A re-designer focused on natural, sustainable and holistic design.