We used to leave our cell phone (and other) chargers out on the kitchen counter. Drove me bonkers. I finally found a solution that has made a big difference, and it was so simple! You can read about it over at A Brooklyn Limestone, as part of her Junk Drawer Overhaul series.

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  • Danielle
    January 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Love your blog! What a good idea for all of your cords! Can I ask, where did you get the canister-it’s lovely!

    • Making it Lovely
      January 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

      It was by Orla Kiely for Target.

  • Wendy
    January 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I too have phone cords in my kitchen – I hide them behind a picture frame and candle votice!! Looking at the photo of my kids so much better than the ugly cords!

  • Melissa @ HOUSEOgraphy
    January 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I love this idea (especially as I sit in the kitchen eying our charge pile). Yikes. I’m considering this canister option now.

  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife
    January 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    What a cute and brilliant idea!!

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  • Jasmine YourSweetTreat
    January 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Nicole, I just wanted to say I am in love with your blog, your designs, and especially your beautiful craft room. It has inspired me to design my craft room! I just started moving my crafts in the room so right now it’s a mess!

    Anyways keep up the wonderful work :) will come back soon!

  • kelsey
    January 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    i love the Orla Kiely canister!

  • wide open spaces
    January 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    i love thoughtful solutions to life’s little problems. like junk drawers. to tackle it now and forever.

  • Rebecca @ beautiful square feet
    January 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I really wish we had Target in the UK – you seem to have found so many great items from there. I love that jar, and such a simple solution! Great thinking! Did you know Orla Kiely has designed a range of cars? She’s working with Citroen on the DS3 model. I found some photos and blogged about it today – think you might like them!

  • Valentina
    January 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    GREAT idea :)

    January 27, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I fully intend to copy you, just so you know.

    Also, I’ve always coveted your kitchen so I fully intend to copy that too.

    That is all. =]

  • Amy
    January 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I have the same canister and ours was actually sitting empty on the countertop. We usually set our chargers on top of it. Love the idea to store them inside!

  • Franziska
    January 28, 2011 at 6:14 am

    really simple, really stylish, really easy, really cool. Thanks for sharing.

  • Paula/adhocmom
    January 28, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I did mine yesterday. . you know? Seriously, it was full of junk. I threw 2/3 of it away and now it’s super neat.

  • Jana
    January 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

    This is precisely what I need…I think Ikea has some great canisters that will work…we’ve got junk coming out our ears!

  • Uchenna
    January 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Hey Nicole, I nominated you to the Homies, so sad that we didn’t make it to the Top 9 :( Your blog and art and ideas are way better than the others on that list. Recount!

  • Jessica @ JessAndTheElmCity
    January 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Super cute! I love when things and cute and functional!

  • Melissah
    January 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I just discovered your lovely blog. I’m just new into blogging & have just finished off my own blog on fashion & interior design. I had a lot of fun putting it together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.

  • Margaret
    January 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I have been doing this since I read your post. My canister is not as pretty but I REALLY like how it has tidied things in that corner of the counter!

    You also got me wondering if this idea could also apply to hacking a retro/vintage breadbox into a charging station, if you had a HUGE pile of cords to wrangle. I do not have that many cords, or counterspace, or a breadbox but I can imagine it working.

    Thanks for this tip!

  • Jen
    February 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I have to ask because I have seen it in a few of your kitchen photos, is that green mum plant real? It always looks superb {I am sure I would have offed one by now}, but I had to know, because if it is real and has lasted that long, I would love to give it a try in our kitchen as well. And if it’s not, I gotta know where I can get my hands on the faux one!


    • Making it Lovely
      February 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      Those are just flowers (that obviously I’ve picked up before)! I can’t keep plants alive very well, unfortunately.