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to enjoy enhanced features like these.
Keep trays by sinks for soap, lotion, cotton swabs and other go-to toiletries. In guest bathrooms, win over visitors with thoughtful details; for example, put mini tubes of toothpaste, individually wrapped brushes, floss, mouthwash and disposable cups on the tray, too. Declutter bathrooms big and small>>
Gather jewelry, perfume, makeup and other beauty accessories on a tray that travels easily from bedroom to bathroom. For a glam, feminine feel, look for vintage mirrored trays, or give a framed mirror extra glitz with gilding. Get more vanity ideas>>
Stack groups of glassware with trays to conserve space on buffets and in crowded kitchen cabinets. No tray on hand? An old metal baking sheet does the trick, too—apply a fresh coat of paint, and suddenly it feels like new. Learn how to paint metal>>
Put writing tools and a notepad, plus a pretty saucer for holding your mobile phone, on a tray. Keep it on your desk, or carry it wherever you want to work—the couch, the kitchen table, anywhere! Have an extra? Store stationery on it. Discover more desk organizers>>
Coat any tray (or frame backing) with chalkboard paint and it becomes an all-occasion platter. Label and serve assorted appetizers like dips, cheeses and pickles from it, or handwrite a special message on a tray of breakfast in bed fare. Use chalkboard paint today>>
Wrangle remotes, your current read, crosswords and more on a tray in your entertainment area. But before you do, cover it with wallpaper you really love, so it’s less likely to get buried beneath clutter. Learn more organizing secrets>>
Trays are a true multi-tasker, and as such can quickly collect greasy fingerprints, smudges and smears. So keep Swiffer® Dust & Shine with the Freshness of Febreze® on hand to clean and condition virtually any tray surface. It comes in 4 invigorating scents, including Febreze Lavender Vanilla & Comfort and Febreze Sweet Citrus & Zest.
Empty pocket litter like keys, spare change and receipts onto a tray in the bedroom or entryway. Look beyond traditional trays—soap dishes, shallow bowls and dessert plates can catch clutter, too! Just be sure to sort through items regularly. Start organizing habits>>
Tote salt, pepper, condiments and napkins to and from the table with a tray. Spills and splatters are no problem when you line it with retro-inspired oilcloth—colorful, vinyl-coated fabric that’s stain resistant and easy to wipe clean. Organize the rest of your dining area>>
Line a tray with corkboard, then position on the entryway or mudroom floor for dirty footwear. The lining acts as treading, keeping shoes (and grime!) in place. And when it comes time to clean, just move the tray. Get more timesaving cleaning tips>>
Designate a tray for coffee or tea fixings so you can flavor a cup anytime, anywhere. Start with an anti-slip mat to lessen the likelihood of spills, then fill the tray with everything you'll need—mugs, sugar, honey, stirrers and so on. Create your drink corner>>
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