My version of organization pretty much equates to A Place For Everything. As for Everything In Its Place, that’s kind of subjective. I gave up trying to completely control clutter a long time ago. It’s the stuff that gets emptied from pockets or purses or left on the counter or coffee table that both evade my control and annoy me the most. My solution is to have a tray of some kind in every clutter-gathering area.
How much better does a collection of remote controls look when placed in a pretty tray on your coffee table? You’d be surprised at how cute a bunch of bobby pins can look when sitting in a pretty dish on a dresser. Want to get even prettier? Lately I’ve noticed a lot of organizing accessories taking inspiration from the doily.
Metal Lace Square Tray, $22, Urban Barn (also comes in lime green and black)
Even stray screws, nails, batteries and other junk drawer stuff would look sweet in this tray.
Brocade Desktop Collection, $3.99 – $34.99, The Container Store
Stray bills and mail on your kitchen counter? Hide the horror inside this filigree file.
Appkins, World Wide Fred, available soon; Lattice Heart Tray, $24 USD, Urban Outfitters
Not exactly lace, the Appkin plates above are meant to look like napkins but would look just as fun holding keys and change as they would hors d’oeuvres. The Lattice Heart Tray is made for jewellery and girly things but could just as easily hold cell phones, ipods and chargers.
Where do you disguise/hide your clutter?