by Tammy Taylor
On our nightstand RancherMan & I had one of those clock radios that will also charge your cell phone. And while it worked great for quite a while as a clock radio we don’t keep our cell phones in our bedrooms.. It’s an off-limits place for cell phones with all the push notifications that might disrupt a good night’s sleep.
As the clock radio unit got older it became more & more difficult to get the dial exactly on the station where the radio station signal was good & crisp. We decided perhaps we needed to upgrade to a digital dial to make getting to the radio station a little easier.
But when we were pricing clock radios with digital dials we were surprised that they were kinda pricey. Then we put our heads together and came up with the PERFECT solution. Use whatcha got is what I always say! Check out this Homestead Hack that worked so well for us.
I saw an advertisement recently for a handy-dandy docking station that looked like a tiny bedside clock. You slide your iPhone into the case & it charges the phone and makes your phone display the time. We considered it briefly. But although it was kinda cutesy I was really interested in using what we already had without buying something new if at all possible.
Eureka! We each own tablets and they’re tucked away charging in the office anyway. Why not bring them into the bedroom to charge and at the same time use them for an alarm/clock/radio?
Using A Tablet For Bedside Clock Radio
There’s already a clock app on our tablets so we just touch the app button to access the clock. Using the nighttime feature causes the digital time stamp move slightly when each minute passes to protect the screen and to also dim the display. But we like to change the tablet setting itself to be dim as well so it lets out very little light by our bed overnight.
There’s also an alarm feature on our clock app so we each have our own tablet on our nightstands. But what about falling to sleep with the radio? Simple fix – RancherMan downloaded onto his tablet the app for the local radio station that we love and it plays softly for us overnight.
When we need our tablets for browsing or for taking to class we simply disconnect the charger cord & return the brightness setting to normal. I love that we’ve not only avoided buying a specialty item to suite our needs but have also more fully utilized something we already own & love – our tablets.
Other ‘Use Whatcha Got’ Ideas
- Assuring Safety Around An Underground Cistern
- Repurposing An Empty Parmesan Cheese Container – BRILLIANT!
- Replacing Our Bedside Clock/Radio
- Predator Guard For Our Martin House
- Make A Cute Porch Lantern
- Protecting Tender Seedlings
- Safer Straight-Pin Storage
- Tame Electrical Cords
- Save Your Fingernails When Cleaning
- MYO Chalkboard Labels
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