Recently I started a new job and with each new job comes a new work space and new equipment. At my new (to me… 1960s standard university issues Steelcase) desk, I’ve got a sleek new laptop and a heap of cords plugged into a hub that they tell me is called a docking station, which just looks like a heap of cords to me. It not only looks cluttered, it’s taking up space. So here’s my solution…
1. Get yourself a serving tray. Make sure you like the look of the sides and bottom because you’re going to turn it over. Also, make sure there are handle holes and that the whole edge of the tray is even. Some have handles that stick up and you’re not going to want that. Finally, make sure it’s deep enough to accommodate the height of your cord mess (I mean docking station). Mine’s less than an inch tall, so this 2 inch deep tray is great.
2. Stick your “docking station” (or cord mess) in the middle of that tray and run the wires out of the holes. I’ve got the mouse and keyboard cords running into the hub from the handle that’s near the center of the desk and the power cords through the handle on the edge of the desk. The cords that plug into each side of the laptop come out on their respective sides.
3. Now, turn that tray over and hide that mess underneath the tray. So much better. Now I only see small lengths of cords and the computer can sit over the cord jumble.
Ok, I need to bring more decorations, but now I can put a potted plant on the corner of the tray with the computer and it won’t be in the way.