Organization 101: Laptop Stand on the Cheap

If you are like most school counselors... ...your space is at a premium. Your office is small, desk is cramped and sometimes you feel like a squirrel in the fall trying to pack all your papers somewhere that you can find before the end of the next decade. Me too.

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If you are like most school counselors…

…your space is at a premium. Your office is small, desk is cramped and sometimes you feel like a squirrel in the fall trying to pack all your papers somewhere that you can find before the end of the next decade . Me too. A lot of school counselors are also working off of laptops these days. That is good! Desktops are going the way of the dinosaurs for most people . I too work on my laptop and love my dual monitor setup for productivity and ease of use. I will post an update of why dual monitors rock soon but check out this flashback post to learn more.

Up until Christmas break – I had been using my laptop as one of my two monitors, but I recently moved another monitor from home to work and had two (closely) matching monitors to use at work. This let me do one important thing. Move my laptop into a vertical stand. This is a stand that lets my laptop be used in a closed position (think desktop) while at my desk and like a laptop on the go. I opened up a large area of my desk for writing, transcripts or my lifeblood – coffee.

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All it took was a $7 napkin stand

If you check out Amazon.com – you will see most laptop stands are on sale from $30 – $90 and essentially all do the same thing. Hold a laptop. Nothing else fancy. One office hack that is handy and cheap is to use a simple Ikea napkin holder (Ikea Fantastisk Clear Napkin Holder) as your vertical laptop stand. The stand – pictured here – is a simple, clear item that oddly fits a laptop perfectly. What’s even better? If you live near an Ikea, they sell this for about $3 in the store. Because I live about 2 hours from an Ikea, I parted ways with an extra $4. The stand is also for purchase on the Ikea website but they will want $10 to ship it to you (not flat pack!).

I also purchased a wireless keyboard and mouse combo for the dual purpose of controlling my digital signage we are installing and for my office when not being used for the sign. If you don’t use the wireless option – you will need a wired mouse and keyboard to have the setup work (your laptop is closed – remember). I bought this set and have been very happy with it.

Was my old setup workable? Absolutely. Is my new one better? You betcha. Call it OCD or a design mind – but matching monitors makes my office a more comfortable place to work. You could move your laptop anywhere you want (within your cable’s reach) to save space. This could be the floor, against the wall or even in a cupboard.

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I hope you enjoy this space saving and organizational optimization for school counselors. I do!

Did you try the Ikea Laptop Stand hack? Send me a photo with the final result. Some people even put an Apple sticker on their napkin holder – I hear it adds an extra $100 to the final price and makes you update your hardware every 6 months to the latest model (I kid…).

 

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Organization 101: Laptop Stand on the Cheap

by Jeff Ream time to read: 7 min
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