Trays for days: 7 unexpected places where trays make perfect sense

January 29, 2016
Before sitting down to write this post, I took a quick stroll through our house to find all of the places where I had stashed a tray. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that we have more than 15 trays serving various purposes in our home. Yikes!


One of the reasons I love trays so much is because they help organize my otherwise cluttered spaces. They also give my clutter some boundaries, which is super helpful!


So here it goes — 7 places I stashed a tray in our home:


1. Coffee Table
The first and most obvious spot for a tray was on our “coffee table.” We actually don’t have a coffee table, so we use an ottoman, which almost requires a hard surface of some sort. In our case, this tray is an actual necessity because it’s currently covering up a rather large stain on the ottoman. Two birds, one stone!


2. Kitchen Table
The next and less obvious place where I use a tray is as a centerpiece on our kitchen table. I added a small salt and pepper shaker to make it a little less decorative and a little more functional.


3. Coffee Bar
Until recently, I didn’t really drink coffee, so I had a tiny little 4-cup coffee pot. My mom eventually tired of using it when she visited, so she gifted us a larger, real-life, adult coffee pot. (Thanks, Mom!) I decided to put it on a tray and added a few other coffee-related items, because whether or not I drink much coffee, staging a tray was something I could really get on board with!


4. Kitchen Sink
The kitchen sink can be a real situation in our house. I don’t necessarily love having soaps or sprays out on the counter, because we don’t have a lot of extra counter top space — but I do love the convenience of having it right there. A small tray was the perfect solution for this! It houses our dish soap, hand soap and lotion, counter top spray and a candle. Even though it’s still a little clutter-y, it’s definitely more contained!


5. Bar
I love the idea of a bar cart, but we don’t really have a place for one, so I transformed the buffet we have in our dining room into a makeshift bar. Using trays to contain bottles and mixers was a good solution for de-cluttering the counter space!


6. Bathroom
I found these great little acrylic trays at The Container Store for super cheap, so I put them on top of the commodes in all of our bathrooms. Just enough room for a book, tissues and some air freshener without being too big for the space.


7. Bathtub
I have always loved baths! I take one every single night and love to use bath salts and different scrubs. The tub was beginning to look like a cluttered mess, so I decided to put a tray behind it to contain all of my bath supplies. And this is where the boundaries thing comes into play — I’m officially out of room on my tray, which is a visual reminder that I don’t need any more bath supplies!


So there you have it! Are there any other tray hoarders out there?!



Kitchen Sink Tray: T.A. Lorton (Tulsa) (No longer in stock, sorry!)

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  • Reply Lindsay January 29, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I want you to come over and decorate my whole house. Please and thank you.

  • Reply Sarah January 29, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Ditto to what Lindsay said.

  • Reply Brandi White February 10, 2016 at 3:54 am

    I took your advice and have started with just one room so far. Your sweet cousin HATES my cluttered jacuzzi tub bar. I too, have a addiction to lotions, bathing salts and gels! I’ve since added two very modern trays and mason jars with twine (to keep that farm feel going after all) and tada, I’m getting organized! Thanks for the tips, keep them coming!!!

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