Tech Tip: Give Yourself a Desk Landing Strip for Your Gadgets

Tech Tip: Give Yourself a Desk Landing Strip for Your Gadgets

Taryn Williford
Jun 18, 2009

If you've been reading Apartment Therapy, we're sure you already know about the virtues of having a "landing strip" at the most-used entrance to your humble digs. Whether it's a basket or a shelf or a few hooks, you've got a dedicated spot to drop sunglasses, cell phone, mail and keys as soon as you step in the door...especially with many of us carrying an increasing amount of mobile electronics. But admittedly, the main entrance isn't the only place where stuff can accumulate. What about adding a desktop landing strip to your home office?...

It could be a small basket or a colorful tray, but your desk could use a designated spot to drop all of those trinkets and gadgets you carry with you. A place to corral your Blackberry, iPod and your ChapStick to keep you from cluttering all of that desktop workspace you covet so dearly.

We're putting this idea to use both at home and on our desk at work after moving our cell up and down from it's semi-permanent perch on our phone directory for the thousandth time this week. It's time our aptly-named, nowhere-else-to-go "stuff" have a place of it's own at the desk where we spend so much time. A home for things without a home.

If you're into making one of your own like the photo up there, check out these DIY instructions from about how to make patterned desk catch-alls of three different sizes.

But if DIY isn't your thing, there are a few products out there like the Bluelounge Sanctuary Charging Station that give you a designated spot to empty all your pockets of your gear, tech or not, while also providing a spot to recharge anything that needs recharging in an attractive and orderly fashion. We're also still eagerly awaiting when landing pads look something like the I-Quad, The Landing Strip of the Future.

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