To my great shame (and frankly, my husband's ongoing dismay) I am a messy person. I'll put something down on a table, a counter top, a shelf and think nothing more of it until the next time I need to go hunting for it. It's not something I do consciously - I'd like to think that I'm just absentmindedly messy! This bad habit seems to manifest itself most in our living room where I come home after work each day and seemingly empty the entire contents of my handbag across any available surface in the room. A while back I was allocated one of the drawers in the room, in the hopes that I could contain my mess therein. Over the years this expanded to three drawers, all of which are full of things that I'm sure I don't actually need! The worst part is that as soon as I put something in one of those drawers it instantly becomes a case of out of sight, out of mind so it isn't really improving the situation!
A friend recently suggested that the perfect solution to my problem would be to buy a really lovely decorative tray to place on one of our shelves and to treat it as a catch-all for my various bits and bobs. The trick, I'm told, is to find a tray so beautiful and chic that I won't want to see it constantly covered in junk so that I'll be more likely to adorn it only with essential items and instead discard everything else. So, for the sake of my long-suffering husband and the general tidiness of our living room I've been on the hunt for the perfect tray to lure me into a new regime. And of course, in an absolute pinch I could use these for serving up goodies when we entertain friends - bonus!
Here are my favourite finds from my recent search:
Now the real trouble comes trying to choose just one. Which of these trays would you pick?