Ending End Table Clutter

You know the little things you do to get ready for company?  The hiding and tucking (okay sometimes shoving and stuffing) away items so things appear a little more orderly than they actually are?  It can’t just be me, can it?  You know what I’m talking about, right?  Putting the rubber gloves that normally sit on the kitchen counter away under the sink.  Lighting a bunch of candles so your house smells like a freshly baked cookie.  Gathering up all your piles of papers and hiding them in the dryer.  (My mom admits to having done this last one once.)

Anyway, we all do it.  I’m sure of it.  At least that’s what I tell myself.  For me a big one was clearing off my bedside end table.

See, normally, my bedside end table is full of clutter, but it’s necessary clutter.  Really, I swear.  I’m talking about my book, my journal for Annabelle, the clicker for the TV, hand lotion, a coaster for the water I keep by my bedside at night, the phone, Annabelle’s monitor and my notebook and pen.  I use all of these things every single night so if I put them away in a drawer I would most likely forget about them, so out they stay, making my room look messy.  When company comes over I stash all of these things in the top drawer of my dresser, but this is really not a good home for them.  See, I want them out, but you know, not out-out.  (That sentence reminds me of Junior High when you would ask your friend, “Do you like him?  Or do you like-him-like-him?”)  I wanted these items somehow accessible and in a place that reminded me every night to, say, write in Annabelle’s journal, but in a way that wasn’t so messy. I loved how neat my end table looked without all the items on it and hated that it ONLY looked that way when company was coming over.  I wanted a way for it to look like that all the time…and still be functional.

So off I went in search of a solution.  I thought a pretty basket with a lid, that I could tuck all of these items neatly in, but still have “out” on my end table, would be perfect.  At first I was having trouble finding a basket with a lid (I didn’t want an open one because that wouldn’t really solve the problem of having everything in sight), but I finally found one at Home Goods.  I love this store.  It’s the best when I get the rare opportunities to go there alone because it’s more of a stroll-leisurely-around-and-imagine-where-you-could-put-all-the-neat-things-you-stumble-upon, rather than a run-in-with-a-stroller-get-what-you-need-and-run-out store.  Well, at least for me.

Anyway, I found this cool box with a lid and a fun little latch.  They came in a few sizes so I decided to get a larger one for my end table and a slightly smaller one for Mike’s end table.  I liked the idea that they were the same style but that the different sizes made them not so matchy-matchy.  And the best part was the larger box was $14.99 and the smaller one $11.99.  Again, I heart Home Goods.

So this is what my end table looked like before….

Messy, right?  And this is what it looks like now…

Yippeeee for no more end table clutter!!  It’s a small change but I feel like freeing the end tables of clutter makes a big difference in the overall feel of the room.  Here’s a little peek inside the box…

Are you wondering where the monitor and the phone went?  Peek-a-boo!  I tucked them behind the two picture frames.

I was so caught up in the glow of my new clutter free beside table, that I decided I needed a little basket for the end table in our den, a place where all the TV remotes (why are there so many?) could live.  I actually had a basket in the basement that was perfect for the job.  Now, not only do they look neat, they also have a home that’s not squished between two couch cushions.

So, is your bedside end table full of clutter?  Do you do anything nutty before company comes over?

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  1. I LOVE those boxes!

  2. donnaheaney says:

    Yes – I do the 15 minutes of Fury before company comes and I put all my paperwork in the dryer (thanks for telling EVERYONE, Kelly!:)

  3. Illanna says:

    Your idea of messy is very different than mine. I think the before picture looked pretty good too! But that’s why I’m reading the blog, to get inspiration from a neat and organized person (and also because you’re my friend!) I need to get a box like this for my knitting supplies on my living room end table. Hmmm Home Goods sounds like a good errand for this rainy day. Thanks for the tip!

    • Aw, thanks Illanna! Maybe the “before” end table looked messier in person than in pictures…I promise, it looked messy!

  4. diana rossi says:

    Your end table didnt look messy in the before picture! You should see mine!!!

  5. Christie says:

    Kelly…you are so freaking smart! I need about 50 of those boxes to hide all my junk!


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