An Instant Home Organizer—The Tray

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got piles of mail, loads of little bottles littering the bathroom, keys, sunglasses, tubes of lotions, et cetera et cetera. The one super-fast way to tidy up? Buy a pretty tray. Not only do they provide order when there is absolutely none (think: that surface where you drop everyone and anything when you first walk in the door after work!) and make sense of even the most desperately random items, but they corral and pretty-up spots like your coffee table. Check out the coffee table belonging to The Moment’s Rita Konig: without the tray you have a bunch of tiny, unrelated items, but add that sucker and you have a small decor vignette. After the jump, a few great tray options, use ‘em all over your house….Lucite tray, CB2, $35

Lacquer hexagonal tray, Jonathan Adler, $175

Faux-snakeskin tray, Global Table, $38 (small) or $48 (large)

Striped melamine tray, Target, $5

Horn tray, Ballard Designs, $10

[The Moment]

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