31 Days of Getting Organized (Using What You Have) – Day 19: Organize With Trays

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Welcome to Day 19 of 31 Days of Getting Organized By Using What You Have.

Having a bunch of little things on a counter or dresser can look messy, but put those same items on a tray and it can look beautiful and organized. Trays come in all shapes, sizes, styles and colors so it’s a good bet you can find one (or several) you like.

kitchen tray

This tray on my kitchen counter holds things I need close at hand and use often, plus it’s pretty. And I love the color it adds to this area of the kitchen.

Crafts 2010 164

We keep our drinking cups organized on this tray next to the refrigerator. The letters are the initials of the family members living in our home right now. You can check out the tutorial here.

Smore Tray 2.1

This S’more tray quickly became our favorite tray of the summer. I added jars full of s’more makings to a tray to make it convenient to carry to and from the grill. It easily stored in the pantry when not in use.

chalkboard 6 text

Trays can be used for more than just trays. I sprayed this one with chalkboard paint and it became a front door message center.

Here are a few more ideas on using trays to help you organize:

tray bathroom

Style Motivation

tray office

Style by Emily Henderson

tray entry

Refreshed Designs

tray kitchen

Honey We’re Home

tray kids

Fingerprints on the Fridge

tray craft room

Creating Keepsake

I also use a tray on my ottoman to create a flat surface so it can also be used as a table. Where do you use trays to help you organize in your home?

See you tomorrow for the next post in the series 31 Days of Getting Organized by Using What You Have: Organize With Bags

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  • Mags October 19, 2013, 10:52 am

    Loving this series. I save articles and blog posts I want to reread in more detail or retain for reference and catching up on my Pocket reading this afternoon Ive realised Ive saved every single day from this series! Really useful and informative but most of all attainable! So many great ideas I just know I can recreate – thank you!

  • Livesey girl October 19, 2013, 9:39 pm

    Can I just say that I am LOVING this series. We moved in May and although everything we own is in theccorrect room and “away” most of the drawers/cabinets/display areas are a complete mess. I am so overwhelmed that I have ground to a halt. So many of your ideas are free/mega cheap that it has inspired me to kick start and get key areas sorted in time for Christmas. Thank you so much x

  • Lisa October 20, 2013, 3:26 pm

    I love the message board idea!!

  • Sabrina October 21, 2013, 5:43 am

    I love reusing already purchased items for organizing. I tell my clients, when organizing, you do not need to buy new items. Just repurpose the items you already have. It’s more fun that way because it doesn’t hurt your wallet. =) Thanks for sharing. Great pictures. I will definitely share.

  • Diana in Ballard October 29, 2013, 3:08 pm

    I love your ideas and I love trays! An essential for me is a small art glass tray in my bathroom to hold bottles of moisturizer, eye cream, SPF sun block cream, facial cleanser, etc. (and a chap stick, of course) that I use every day. The rest of my stuff goes in the drawers in plastic containers.

    I found your site via pinterest. Thanks!

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