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In 1932, a small toy company in Billund, Denmark launched a line of plastic bricks which could be interconnected in order to build structures and shapes. It was called Lego, and it was a success that endures to this day.
But don’t think of it as a children’s toy. Lego has been adopted by adults as a device to manage time better. It’s used in art and design. You can build robots and Internet of Things devices with them. It’s truly versatile.
You can even use it to organize your gadgets and electronics. Here’s how.
Make A Minifig Cable Holder
If your desk is a chaotic mass of cables and wires? The solution might be small, yellow, made of plastic, and have painted-on hair. Wait, what?
Let’s slow down. I am, of course, talking about Lego Minifigures (commonly referred to as Minifigs). These were first invented in 1978, and allowed people to not just create buildings and structures, but to bring them to life by adding people to them. By complete coincidence, the hands on a Minifig are wide enough to grip a standard USB cable.
Attach one to a blob of Sugru, and you can permanently affix them to a surface, thus creating your own DIY cable-tidy. Just check out the video above for more inspiration.
Organize Your DSLR Lens Caps
DSLRs are undeniably expensive, but so too are the lenses. If they get scratched and dirty, the quality of your pictures will suffer, and they can be hard to replace. It is for this reason why we have lens caps.
These are, as the name suggests, little pieces of plastic which attach to the lens when the camera isn’t in operation. The problem is, these are easily misplaced, especially when you’re shooting outdoors, or in a particularly cluttered environment.
But by attaching a block of Lego to your lens cap with a bit of Sugru, you can keep it safe while you’re taking photos. The official Sugru YouTube channel shows you how in the first 25 seconds of the above video.
It goes without saying though that this isn’t the only geeky use of Sugru.
Declutter Your Desk
If you’re anything like me, your desk is a mess. Disgracefully so, even. My worktop is cluttered with old cell phones and memory cards, and USB sticks. The problem is, desk clutter can seriously hamper productivity.
Again, Lego comes to the rescue. By using a few bricks, you can build your own desk organizer. YouTuber BringerOfVictory shows you how.
The best part is that you can design it to your own specifications. There could be a part for your phones. Another part for your external hard drives. Another that just contains loose Micro USB cables. You get the idea.
Turn Your USB Sticks Into USB Bricks
Back in the day, long before DropBox and Google Drive was a thing, people used USB sticks to cart around documents from one computer to another. The problem is, these are easily misplaced. Nothing is more maddening than having an important file on your USB drive, and not being able to find it when you need it most.
But here’s the interesting thing: While USB sticks can be rather chunky, the vast majority of that is plastic. The actual electronics – the guts – of it are small. Small enough to fit inside a standard-sized Lego Brick.
Just watch this video by Schorr31. Fair warning though, this has the potential to irreparably damage your USB stick, so back up everything first. It’ll probably void your warranty too.
Once you’ve turned it into a Lego brick, it’ll be super simple to organize it. Just get a larger piece of Lego, and stick it to your desk with some Sugru. When you’re not using your memory stick, just snap it onto that larger piece. Easy.
Build A Charging Station For Your Phone
There are no shortage of tutorials on the Internet that show you how to build a Lego charging station for your phone. Some of these require the liberal application of power tools, in order to cut out holes for cables and such. Others do not.
If you’ve got a current-generation iPhone, you’re going to want to check out this video from Modern-Day Warrior, who shows you how to build your own Lego iPhone 6S dock.
If you’ve got an older iPhone (an iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPod Touch Dock), Modern-Day Warrior has you covered too.
Finally, if you’re more of an Android kind of person, you’re going to want to check out this video, which shows how one person built his own Nexus 6P Lego phone stand. Incredible.
Stand Your Tablet and Laptop Up, Properly
Laptop and tablet stands – good ones at least – tend to be eyewateringly expensive. Often, you have to make do with you own DIY stands. My MacBook Pro is currently perched on a pile of National Geographic magazines, for example.
A few enterprising folks have built their own DIY tablet and laptop stands using just Lego Technic. On YouTube, SuperLegoCreators123 has created his own iPad stand that can even collapse.
And on Instructables.com, user stefan23494 has created his own lego stand. Click here to read how he did it.
If this post has gotten you inspired, you can get your hands on Lego on Ebay for rather cheap. If you prefer to get your toys brand new, Amazon has some pretty good deals on Lego.
Many of the examples discussed above involve Sugru. You can make your own quite easily. Failing that, you can get it cheap on Amazon.
What will you make? Let me know in the comments below.