Outer order, inner calm. We all secretly love a tidy desk. It's a fresh start each morning – a call-to-arms – a well-needed kick-start to show the day you mean business.
But let's be honest, we don't all have time to keep things organised. We can all name one colleague who is busy, busy, busy, their desk hidden beneath a pile of mounting clutter. So why not surprise them with a helping hand? Watch this video for 4 quick and easy ideas to organise their desk:
Sugru is ideal for these projects because it bonds well to most materials, especially wood and metal. You can shape your Sugru fixes to suit any workspace, as well as adding personal touches with a custom colour. Need to top up on Sugru? Head over to the Sugru shop.
1. Fix broken cables
Don't let your colleague pull their hair out in frustration! Fix frayed cables or strengthen new ones with Sugru.
2. Get those cables under control
Is your colleague's desk a tangle of wires? Conquer spaghetti cable mountain and keep their desk clutter free with Sugru cable grips.
Ideal for making the most of space, they'll be able to keep their cables organised and within easy reach at the same time!
3. Keep keys handy with Sugru + magnets
Solve key chaos with Sugru and a few humble magnets. Your colleague's keys will snap on and off, and they'll find them satisfyingly suspended, waiting to be grabbed at the end of the day for a quick getaway.
4. Hang anything, anywhere, with custom Sugru hooks
Not only does this simple hack require no drilling, you can mould the hooks perfectly to fit anything your colleague needs to hang.
And best of all, Sugru comes in 10 different colours, so you can create custom hooks that match your colleague's style. They'll love it!
Sharing your DIY skills to fix and adapt stuff so it works better for everyone is a great way to bond with colleagues and boost productivity.
Head over here for loads more ideas to show your colleagues you're all one big happy family.
We all have those little problems that cause us stress day-to-day. You know the things – the car keys that always go missing, the charger cable that's always tangled, or finding a place to safely rest the hair straighteners while they're still hot.
Here at Sugru, we think we should see these design flaws as opportunities. The little irritations in your loved ones' lives are a chance to roll up your sleeves and be a DIY super hero! Solve those and they won't just feel the love for one day in February, they'll keep feeling it and be reminded of how awesome you are every single day.
Sugru is ideal for this project because it is heat resistant and grippy. Your loved ones won't need to awkwardly hang their straighteners off the desk to let them cool any more, they'll be able to place them directly onto the desk without the fear of damaging the surface.
For this project, you'll need one single-use pack. Need to stock up? Head over to the Sugru shop!
Step 1 – Roll one single-use pack of Sugru into two balls and press them firmly onto the hair straighteners. Then mould them into pyramid shapes with your fingers.
Step 2 – Flatten the points of the Sugru by gently pressing your straighteners down onto a flat surface.
Top tip: Use a little water to stop Sugru sticking to the surface.
Step 3 – Turn upside down and leave to set.
In 24 hours, you'll have peace-of-mind, safe in the knowledge that your friend or partner's hair straighteners won't burn the house down!
Love is... Noticing. Thinking... and doing something to show you care.
As do-ers and fixers, with just a little time and imagination, we can give something so much cooler than flowers and chocolates. We can show we truly know our other half (or our secret crush as the case may be) and that we understand their life in all its gory detail. Keep reading for loads more ideas to show your friends and family you're thinking about them.
More ways to show you care
1. Help your colleague keep their desk tidy
Surprise your colleague with a helping hand! Make it easier for them to locate the things they need most – like their headphone, keys and cables – with these 4 great office hacks.
2. Show your kids it's their home too
Homes aren't usually designed with kids in mind. The taps are too hot, the coat hooks are out of reach and there are sharp corners everywhere! But it doesn't have to be that way.
Show your family some love, and make your kids feel more at home... in their own home... with Sugru!
3. Save your friend's phone from disaster
We all know that friend who seemingly repels technology by breaking it regularly.
Improve their relationship with technology. Add Sugru bumpers to their phone and protect it from frequent drops!
4. Keep your car keys where you can find them
The morning rush is hectic enough without having to search for your keys every time.
Spend more time at the breakfast table as a family and organise your keys with Sugru + magnets! Snap on, snap off, you'll always know right where they are.
Get excited about sharing! Why not share this blog with a friend and help them find the ideas they need to conquer those little day-to-day stresses?
Or head over here for loads more inspiration to embrace your DIY super hero.
According to Richard Girling's book Rubbish!, 80% of products made get thrown away within the first six months of their life. That's a lot of waste!
It's this problem that has shaped The Ellen Macarthur Foundation's argument for The Circular Economy, an idea that can change the world and solve our crisis. Watch the video below to see how:
At Sugru, we believe that we can fix, adapt and improve our stuff to make it last longer. A circular economy would mean buying less and disposing less, as valuable parts of our broken goods will be re-used and upcycled to make future appliances. (Sounds ace, right?).
We believe that we all have the ability to make a difference , and we can start by simply sharing... sharing our skills, our possessions and our ideas with our local community... and who knows, if we all started today, maybe we could call it a movement!
Sharing makes the world a better place, however big or small. We've put together a list of our favourite websites where you can share your skills, possessions and ideas to make a positive impact on the world and take a little pressure off your shoulders.
1. Streetbank — Share things with your neighbours
Streetbank is community project designed to bring neighbourhoods closer together and make the world nicer one neighbour at a time.
It lets neighbours share with each other. And according to their website, there are now 76,948 neighbours sharing 83,050 things – everything from power tools to fondue sets, lawnmowers to musical instruments. People can even share their own skills with their neighbours!
The aim of the website is to build a sense of community through lending and it's free to join. We loved the idea so much we even wrote a blog about it in 2013. Check it out here!
2. Just Park — Share and use other people's parking spaces
Driving is stressful enough sometimes, without the added fear of being unable to find a parking space – so make parking simple with Just Park!
The idea is wonderfully simple: Just Park gives you peace of mind by connecting drivers in search of parking with anyone who has a space going spare. Whether that's in a car park, a private driveway, a church, a school, or even a pub!
3. Vinted — Today mine, tomorrow yours
Vinted are on a mission – a mission to make second-hand the number one choice worldwide.
Whether you're looking for that perfect dress or looking to recycle old treasures, Vinted is the perfect place to buy, swap or sell second-hand clothes.
4. Spinlister — No bike? No problem!
Cycling is awesome! The wind in your hair, the sense of adventure, the ease of use as you slip through traffic. And now getting your hands on a bike, or sharing one you're not using, is even easier thanks to Spinlister!
Meet awesome people and save the environment at the same time. What's not to love?
5. Left Over Swap - cheap, local, and community-oriented meals
Do you care about reducing waste, eating locally, and building relationships within your community? Left Over Swap might be the app for you!
We've all been there. You've finished your meal, but you're stuffed and can't take another bite, but there's still so much left on your plate. Instead of throwing away the excess food, snap a picture and offer it to a hungry neighbour. Yum!
The world's a little bit nicer when we all share. Head over here to discover more ways to make a positive impact on yours and other people's lives.
Sharing your home with your family can be a challenge, especially as houses aren't usually designed with kids in mind! The taps are too hot, the coat hooks are out of reach and there are sharp corners everywhere! But it doesn't have to be that way.
Show your family some love, and make your kids feel more at home... in their own home! Here are some quick and easy Sugru projects that will help you adapt and improve your space to make things safer, friendlier and more fun for everyone, no matter how old you are.
1. Make bath-time a little safer
Are your kids always burning themselves on metal taps? Sugru is waterproof, grippy, and a good insulator, so you can use it to adapt the taps and make them easier to use and safe to touch.
2. Dampen those sharp corners
It's not until you have children that you realise just how many sharp corners there are at home, especially once they start walking. But don't worry, it's easy to soften those sharp bits up with a little blob of Sugru, turning potential accidents into a harmless bomf!
3. Make fun hooks that kids can use
We all like to be as independent as we can, even when we’re too small to say so. This practical and quirky idea lets kids hang up their own bags, coats or dressing gowns. Repurpose toys into fun hooks at the right height for them.
Who knows, you might even inspire your kids to tidy up after themselves (no promises!).
4. Make tidying fun with Sugru + LEGO
Imagine you could make it fun for your kids to tidy up their toys so it becomes something they do naturally - wouldn't that be amazing?!
Well, with Sugru + LEGO, you can! Sugru fills weird gaps and bonds to almost everything, especially hard plastics, so it's easy to give your kids the inspiration to tidy up after themselves.
5. Encourage future passions
Kids are fearless explorers. They like to get hands-on and test their limits from an early age, and creative play is the best way to learn!
Let them explore the world and discover their passions. With Sugru, it's easy to adapt your gadgets so they're drop-proof.
6. Let kids be kids
Sometimes kids just want to be kids. (And let's be honest, we don't really want them to grow up, do we?)
When Christian's daughter, Minna, got her awesome new scooter bike, he added a blob of Sugru to stop the bolts scratching the floor. Now Minna can zoom around the house without her dad having to worry about scratched floors!
There's something wonderful about helping others by fixing and adapting stuff so it works better for everyone. Head over here for loads more ideas to show your friends and family you're thinking about them.
Every parent knows the dreaded floordrobe. It's like a monster, all jumper arms and trouser legs, as your kids get home from school and their uniform ends up in a crumpled heap near the bed. Argh!
Inspire your kids to take more control and get their clothes off the floor. Watch this video and discover an affordable solution to re-purpose toys they no longer play with into fun hooks using Sugru.
Sugru is ideal for this project because it bonds to most materials, which means you can turn anything you already have lying around the home into a hook. There's no need to buy expensive new fittings!
For this project, you'll need one single-use pack. Need to stock up? Head over to the Sugru shop!
Step 1 – Roll one single-use pack of Sugru into two balls and press them firmly onto your object. Then mould them into pyramid shapes with your fingers.
Step 2 – Press firmly onto the door so Sugru pushes out the sides. Then gently rub the edges to make it nice and smooth.
Step 3 – Use masking tape to hold the toy in place and leave it to set.
In 24 hours, your kids won’t be able to resist hanging their clothes on their awesome new hooks. Hooray!
There's a satisfaction to solving problems and saving money at the same time, especially when you can get hands on.
Check out these affordable, DIY solutions for everyday problems.
More money-saving ideas for everyday problems
1. Fix your fridge
Save money on expensive replacement pieces. Fix the broken plastic in your fridge with Sugru!
A well-loved toy can help create new worlds, start adventures, and be a child's best friend. But accidents happen... and when they do, buying a replacement just doesn't cut it (we've all seen Toy Story).
Forget the replacement. Fix broken toys with Sugru!
3. Make awesome storage solutions
We all find treasures on our travels — those little mementos that remind you of an amazing place we visited and don’t want to forget.
Instead of spending money on expensive storage fittings, why not capture that piece of your holiday and give it a new purpose at home! Every time you use it you'll be transported somewhere special.
4. Conquer shoe mountain
Shoes are awkward, you can't fold them, stack them or hang them up. It's like they have a mind of their own and somehow always seem to end up in a disorganised shoe mountain!
Here's an affordable yet quirky way to keep them organised... with Sugru and tennis balls!