Here's another set of tips inspired by our recent Good Housekeeping clutter makeover contest winner's projects. (See before & afters and get an overview of the contest winner's bounty here…garage and home office) We use Velcro® quite a bit in our work as organizers, you'd be surprised! Here's how:
- Just like we did for our winner Dana, you can use Velcro to stick routers and cable modems and the like to the sides of furniture instead of being in the way. This photo here is of Dana's router in her office– she had to hold it up on a little tray table in this spot before and it kept her from putting the shredder there, where she really needed it. (Click photo for a larger version)
- Use Velcro for remote controls in a bedroom or recreation room, especially lesser-used remotes.
- Use Velcro for rubber stamps next to the printer in a home office or workplace. (We've stuck the "FAXED" rubber stamp right onto the fax machine many times)
- Keep in mind that Velcro has a prickly side and a fuzzy side. You might not want the prickly side on your remote control where you'll be holding it! The fuzzy side is soft and pleasant to hold and doesn't grab onto other fabrics, so be mindful of this when placing your Velcro strips.
- Don't cover up any model numbers or serial numbers that might need to be referenced later. Also make sure to place electronic items somewhere with proper ventilation and space around them to dissipate heat.
- Place one side of the Velcro on the object with the adhesive backing peeled off, then Velcro the other side to that piece before peeling off its adhesive backing and pressing into place. You want to make sure the two parts will exactly line up/match up after it's all done. (I guess "Velcro" has become a verb, right?)
- Use "Industrial Strength" Velcro for the best hold, and keep your unused Velcro strips out of heat or extreme temperatures so the adhesive won't fail later. In our professional organizer tool kits we keep an assortment of strips and dots.
There are probably infinite uses for Velcro around your home and office! My friend Monica uses hers to hold chip clips on the back of cabinet doors. (I guess you could call that her "Chip Clip Tip." LOL) What are your favorite Velcro tips? Share in the comments!
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