Setting Up A Charging Station

One of the quickest paths to BDH (bad digital hygiene), is not charging your devices. Devices are useless if they don’t have an adequate charge.

If you have multiple devices that need to be charged each day, I recommend setting up a charging station.

In it’s simplest form, a charging station can be nothing more than a power strip with your device’s chargers attached, located in a convenient place.

No one likes the clutter associated with a bunch of loose power cords. So often it is desirable to find a way to disguise your charging station. One option is to hide your charging station in a closet or on a shelf. Here’s an example on the top of a cabinet (the powerstrip is behind the cabinet out of view).

Charging Station On Cabinet

Use inexpensive cable ties to organize and band together all of the loose cables for a neat and tidy look.

Cable Ties

Alternatively, you can also buy a dedicated charging station (a.k.a. charging valet) like the one pictured below. These usually have an opening on the back for a small power strip that you can plug your power cords into. The cords then feed through the charging station to a few holders for your devices so that you can neatly charge them without all of the clutter. An added bonus is that most also have a few drawers that can be used to store other personal items or accessories for your devices. Dedicated charging stations have become very popular and now you can find many different styles and manufacturers. Search online for the most variety.

Charging Station

Recently, I’ve noticed these wireless charging mats at Best Buy.


They are supposed to be the one solution to all of your charging needs. However, if you jump on, you’ll find mostly negative to luke-warm reviews of these types of products (Duracell makes one too). The most consistent complaints being the lack of device compatibility and the bulky sleeves which enable the wireless charging feature. I haven’t tested any, but my recommendation at this point is to stay away from them.

If you’re a road warrior who commutes to work each day, or if you’re on the road a lot for your job, you can also setup a charging station in your car via the 12 volt cigarette lighter or dedicated power port. Some newer vehicles, including many minivans ans SUVs, also come with optional factory installed power inverters which you can plug your power cord into directly without the need to buy a new 12 volt vehicle charging cord.

As with all digital hygiene, the most important consideration is to find something that works for you consistently. Try not to get too complicated, remember the adage keep it super simple (k.i.s.s.). If the recommendations above seem like too much effort, just find a consistent place to plug in your device everyday and you’ll be fine.