Hidden Storage for Charging Cables

8 Materials
$10
2 Hours
Easy

So many charging cables…so little patience! I was so tired of searching through a ball of tangled cables that I decided it was time to take control.

Hidden storage

I had been storing my ever-growing ball of charging cables in a bowl. Very frustrating.

Cable chaos

The first thing I did was sort out the cables, gathered them with elastic bands and labelled them. 

Labelled

The duplicates, I sorted into zip-lock bags and stored them in a junk drawer as back-up.

Duplicates

I purchased two wooden artist’s boards at Dollarama. 

Wooden panels

I did a paint pour on one of them. I won’t get into too many details on that as I have already gone into greater detail on paint pours on my projects page. I used shades of blue and gold glitter for this one. 

Paint pour

I stacked the two art boards, so the backs were face-to-face and joined them with hinges, so it resembled a box.

Attached with hinges

I was planning to use command hooks inside, but I wanted eight and the cheapest I could find was $16…no way! So I used suction hooks and hot glued them on, four on each inside panel.


(Update: with regular use the suction hooks didn't hold up very well and a few fell off. I will be replacing them with command hooks after all.)

Hooks on both panels

I also added a magnetic closure inside. This was an old one I had in my garage, but I have bought them at the dollar store before. Guess how much they were? LOL (Ironically, not a dollar.) I marked half way down on both sides with a pencil, screwed the magnet on one side and the metal plate on the other.

Magnet

Then I flipped it over and added leveling hangers on the back, to attach to the wall. I would have liked to do keyholes, but I’ve never done it before so this would have slowed this project down dramatically, so I opted for quick-and-easy.

Hangers

Then I attached it to the wall…hung my charging cables…and DONE! 

So organized!

I thought about painting the edges of the back panel, but you can’t really see the back in the space I've hung it. And it blends pretty well with the wall colour, so I left it.

This was a quick and easy project, but it’s so helpful!! It has inspired so many new ideas – I could get larger art boards and add a few shelves for nail polish, or even larger for annoying BBQ utensils. Or do a collage of four or six. The possibilities of this concept are endless! I hope it inspires ideas for you too. :)


Suggested materials:

  • 8x10” wooden artist’s panels   (Dollar store)
  • 1” narrow hinges with fixed pin   (Home Depot)
  • Magnetic closure   (Dollar store)
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  • I love this idea and can’t wait to do one of my own. Only problem I have is where to find a space to hang it.

  • Ann Shears Acker Ann Shears Acker on Oct 27, 2021

    This is a great idea. I do have a question.....I have my mom's old green bread box that I finally just recently painted white. But, somehow the magnet stopped connecting. Do you have an option of how I could replace it so I can close the bread box?

  • Kat Kat on Nov 10, 2021

    This is cool and functional. What do you think of putting one over an electrical outlet By creating an opening in the backside canvas, and being able to charge the items out of sight, too?

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  • Reidj115 Reidj115 on Nov 11, 2021

    I have no wall space in my kitchen, but thought of another idea. Place the hooks on the backside of the lid as opposed to the base and put measuring spoons on them. Hang it on the end of the cabinet so when you open it the spoons are right in front of you.

    • Valerie Burge Valerie Burge on Nov 11, 2021

      That's an awesome idea!! I'd love to see it when you're done. I've had some trouble with those suction hooks falling off. I will be replacing them with command hooks. I meant to update my post about that! I'll do it now...

  • Laura A Crawford Metz Laura A Crawford Metz on Nov 24, 2021

    I love this idea 💡. Thanks Valerie, and love your Paint Pour also. I’ll be using mine for this project too. 👍

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