Working from home definitely has its perks, but there are also drawbacks. Without the need to get to an office in a timely manner, one can quickly forget how to plan for an outing. A few weeks back, for example, after months without an out of office meeting, we had to step away from our own laptop so we could find out what new notebook Steve Jobs is traveling with. Despite giving ourselves plenty of time to get ready before heading out the door, we ended up running around our apartment looking for a bevy of items including our (analog) notebook, then our cell phone, and finally our keys. We drove two blocks before, luckily, realizing we had left our wallet at home. Grrr! Time for some type of "get-out-of-the-house" assistant.
While we have an old medicine cabinet installed by the front door to keep house keys and sunglasses, we can't seem to fit everything we need for a day out in the real world. Plus, it's not incredibly convenient to stow away our wallet and cell phone at the front door when we occasionally need one, or both, at our desk throughout the day. We need a way to keep everything we need for both our day-to-day and for outings nearby, but off our already crowded desk. That's when we saw this adorable charging station from These Creatures and found via home and design shop Red Sail. This wall mounted shelf features five hooks that can hold jackets, umbrellas, keys, and totes, while the top shelf can hold wallets and phones. A cutout tab within the shelf lets you secure charging cords so you can juice up cell phones or digital cameras when they aren't in use. The 12 gauge powder-coated steel comes in three colors and two designs (a simple pattern and a hummingbird and star cut out). We thought it would be cool to have one of these within our home office so our phone and wallet (which we often grab for online shopping sprees) could be close by during office hours and easy to find for trips to the outside world. The hooks could be used to hold cardigans, sweatshirts, and scarves for when the office gets chilly. What do you think?