These Trays Make Organization Look Chic
Image: Abigail Ahern
I’ve got organizing in my genes. Son of an engineer and a bookkeeper, I was born and raised to prefer having a place for everything. In every job I’ve ever had, I’ve been responsible for creating processes and managing people. When the Chic Simple book series (remember those?) published their book about keeping the perfect desk, I snapped it up. You get the idea—I love organizing stuff. And one of my favorite ways to do that is to use trays.
A Small Step to Stand Out
If you’re the sort of person who has a lot of great things that you want to display, whether on a table (shown above), a desk, a nightstand, a bookcase, or most anywhere else, placing some of those items on a tray will set them apart and make them special.
Consolidation Creates Interest
This is a terrific idea when you have fewer things you want to display but a large area on which to place them. Organizing them on a tray immediately adds visual weight to the grouping; the extra space on this table seems to disappear.
Organization, Meet Transportation
Image: Wythe Hotel
When focusing on your latest foray into interior décor, it can be easy to forget something as simple as the fact that trays are typically used to carry things from place to place. Using a tray to help organize your bar, like this image shows, can bring that utility back into focus—your bar is now portable.
Go for Something Different
I’m always attracted to an unusual application of an idea, so seeing this image of a tray turned on its side and used like a small bookcase was a delight. As an inveterate organizer, I’m well aware of how boring it can be to simply use variations of the same thing again and again—and boredom is the biggest enemy to creative home décor.
Are you inspired to use trays to upgrade your organizing?