Photo: Laura Trevey
Coffee tables are like the catch-all of your living room. If it’s anything like mine, there are any number of things that have landed there this week and haven’t managed to leave. Things like old magazines, a small stack of books, empty glasses, about 8 different remote controls, unopened mail, some burned incense and a candle or two with the matchbook probably somewhere nearby, maybe even a dog toy that even the dog won’t admit to leaving there. I have to admit, I’m a bit envious of the OCD among us who manage to perpetually keep their daily living spaces as orderly and pretty as a magazine photo shoot. In my experience, life happens literally around my coffee table and before I know it, there’s a cluttered mess awaiting me when all I want to do is curl up with a puppy snuggle and movie night.
Fortunately, It’s easier than you might think to de-clutter life’s messes when you have the right tools. I’ve found that grouping smaller things together get you on your way to clean, anxiety- and clutter-free design instantaneously.
To start, grab a couple of small bowls, trays, or baskets and corral your similar odds and ends in one dedicated spot. Incense, candles, and that matchbook go in one, and all those remotes go in another.
Next, get yourself a magazine holder (like Ciseal’s Aspen Magazine Rack), and stylishly display your to-do list of periodicals.
Finally, add some life to the mix with a succulent or a small vase with some fresh cut flowers.
Need some inspiration? Take a look at these intentionally appointed coffee tables that make decluttering a breeze: