Another Favorite Organizing Product and a GREAT Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Posted on 03 May 2011

Another Favorite Organizing Product and a GREAT Mother’s Day Gift Idea

One of my Favorite Organizing Products and a GREAT Mother’s Day Gift Idea

If you’ve been a reader of JLO for a while, you know that I’m not a HUGE fan of lots and lots of organizing products. In fact, it’s rare that I actually recommend them, because I find more people buying lots of containers and products that they actually don’t use and those end up adding to the whole clutter problem to begin with!

One product that I love and I use all over my house are trays. You can buy simple lunch trays from the dollar store and decorate them in all kinds of ways. They make great gifts too!

Here’s why I love trays

– You can put them under your existing objects so trays don’t end up cluttering up your space any more than it already is 🙂

– You can now move a collection of objects all in one swoop rather than lifting each object one at a time

– Trays are great ways to teach small children how to stay organized because now the kids can serve food that might ordinarily spill. Trays help with balance and with coordination.

– Trays mark territory. They serve as a finite way to separate one space from another, there’s only so much you can put on it so trays can actually teach you how to organize and decorate your space!

shelf dividerYou can use trays to organize things in your cabinets like tall glasses by placing a tray between rows of glasses or other items creating extra shelf space that you hadn’t had before!

Now for how to decorate trays? There are so many ways 🙂

– You can tile them, by gluing down small flat tiles in interesting patterns

– You can buy different color tape and “stripe” an old ugly tray

– You can decoupage fancy paper or old photos on a tray

– You can paint a tray, stencil it, sponge it

– You can use adhesive shelf paper

Are you starting to see how you can inexpensively use a fabulous organizing product that doubles as a decorative accent to your home?

For more ideas like this one, definitely read Organize, Shmorganize, DECORganize, available for FREE to you here at this link.

2 Responses to “Another Favorite Organizing Product and a GREAT Mother’s Day Gift Idea”

  1. “… trays to organize things in your cabinets like tall glasses by placing a tray between rows of glasses… “!
    what an awesome idea!!! love that!

  2. Janet Clare says:

    Loved the shelf-trays too! (I have two small, plastic stepping stools on my counter for extra shelf space.)

    Great idea also, putting straws in a glass. Mine get crushed on the side of my utensil drawer.


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