In why-didn’t-I-think-of-that news, Reddit user “Imnotableimjustcain” suggests keeping a power strip inside a bedside drawer to charge your gadgets overnight while keeping the usual clutter hidden away.
Keep Your Sockets Out of the Way
This works for us: although a power strip (also known as an extension socket, trailing socket, and by many other names) is undoubtedly a useful thing to keep around, they have a habit of getting in the way.
With this simple trick, which at its simplest involves drilling a hole in the back of the nightstand to let the power cord through, you can keep your phone, laptop, and e-reader (or whatever you use) charging overnight.
Another pro tip: plug the power strip into a timer socket that is programmed to supply power only at night. This will prevent the sockets draining standby power (“vampire energy”) during the day.
But Make Sure It’s Ventilated
With a good-quality power strip, there’s little risk of fire, but while you have the holesaw out you might drill a few holes for ventilation, just to be safe.
A better option would be, if possible, to take the whole back of the drawer out; that ought to provide enough “breathing room.”
There is Another Option
(Hat-tip to Apartment Therapy!)