Pretty Trays for the Kitchen

I might be a little tray crazy (and basket crazy) for that matter.  I’ve never counted, but if I was forced to do so, I’m sure I could count at least 50 baskets and trays in our home.  In my defense, things look tidier and more collected when contained on a tray or in a basket.

Yesterday, I showed you how I cleaned out our “junk drawer” which then inspired me to deep clean our countertops.   I admit to getting anxious when our counters get too cluttered and my OCD side takes over and just clears everything off to start fresh.  I wipe all the surfaces down really well and only put back the minimum to keep the kitchen looking clean and simple.  Ahhh, I can breathe again:)

This time, I put my white Container Store tray near the kitchen sink to hold our dish soap, hand soap, and the little faux potted plant I made.  It instantly make the countertop look neater.

The dish soap is decanted in a glass bottle from Home Goods probably meant for olive oil.  But it looks so much prettier than my plastic bottle of Dawn.  
I also really enjoy keeping a small votive of live flowers or something like this tree clipping from our backyard at the kitchen sink.  It seems to make doing dishes a little happier.  
I’m also smitten with this wooden, square tray from Crate & Barrel that holds my most often-used cooking utensils and salt and pepper shakers.  

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I added a little DIY framed art as a backdrop.  It’s a calendar page framed in a Target frame.  
And since I’ve been on a cleaning/organizing kick lately, I wanted to share this older post with you about my TOP 3 things you can do to make you feel more organized.  
Whenever I need to feel organized quickly, I do at least one of these things.  Hope it helps you too! 
Have a great weekend!


  1. April 13, 2012 / 11:16 am

    Great ideas!! And your kitchen is beautiful!!!You have inspired me to do just that this weekend!

  2. April 13, 2012 / 12:26 pm

    My husband is always asking me to please not buy anymore baskets! I am the same way about my counters and I might just have to run out and get some trays instead.

  3. April 13, 2012 / 1:44 pm

    Beautiful, I love you ideas!!!

  4. April 13, 2012 / 2:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I too am a basket and tray type girl. I have my soap and other things on a square dish from World Market next to my sink. I think I need to add that cute white tray to my collection soI'm off to the Container Store.

  5. April 13, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    I love the tray idea. I may definitely have to go shopping. We don't have a container store, but Home Goods isn't too far…

  6. April 13, 2012 / 5:15 pm

    I love to use trays and baskets. I think it makes thinks look neater. Your counters look nice and clean!

  7. April 13, 2012 / 6:02 pm

    I love the white tray – I agree it really does make everything look neater! I love seeing your pretty kitchen!

  8. Heather
    April 13, 2012 / 2:09 pm

    This is great. I don't know why I don't think of using trays more often.

  9. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    April 13, 2012 / 2:36 pm

    I never get tired of seeing your beautiful kitchen. It's just so fresh and pretty. Really like the sweet tray idea. May have to try that. Thanks, girl.

  10. natasha {schue love}
    April 13, 2012 / 2:56 pm

    Love the little soap tray and the olive oil decanter! That is a great idea!!

  11. April 13, 2012 / 9:42 pm

    Love it all! One can never have too many trays or baskets! I love the art idea. Stealing that one! Have a fabulous weekend!

  12. April 13, 2012 / 11:24 pm

    Hi there! I've just found your blog via pinterest, and I'm really enjoying reading it! Your organisation ideas are very inspiring! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Eleanor xxx

  13. Emily
    April 13, 2012 / 6:38 pm

    It's the small touches that matter. I'm also a huge fan of baskets! But, I think I need to incorporate more trays into our household decor.. you've hooked me! Hope you and your little man are well. I can't believe how big our boys are! 🙂

  14. April 14, 2012 / 2:44 am

    I am cracking up- we have the same countertops and cabinets! I am heading to the Container Store to get that tray this weekend!

  15. April 14, 2012 / 2:56 am

    I just love this post!! I'm new here… was randomly blog hopping and HAD to say hi. Your blog is so lovely and I can't wait to read more! I hope you have a great weekend, sugar! xo

  16. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    April 16, 2012 / 1:46 pm

    I have our dishsoap in something similar! Looks so much prettier! Everything looks so tidy….and those pillows on your mudroom bench are awesome!! hello?? Teach me to sew!!

  17. May 3, 2012 / 2:24 am

    Where did you buy that tiny little vase that you have by your sink with a leave clipping in it? I love it!

    I've never seen such a cute tiny vase!

    I'd love to buy one too!

    ~ Ali

  18. May 3, 2012 / 3:22 am

    Ali- I think that bud vase is from Target or WalMart, for just a $1-$2!

  19. May 5, 2012 / 5:10 pm

    They would make a better look when you purchase kitchen countertops which is often also of counter height so that you can make uniformity using the chairs. This can help to make the kitchen to have a modern appear without utilizing loads of dollars for redevelopment and without producing any mess. A kitchen of which always looked old will become modern and fresh as soon as the addition of kitchen counter height sets as opposed to the usual kitchen models.

  20. May 12, 2013 / 11:16 pm

    Is your soap tray made of ceramic?

    Also, I have my dishsoap in an olive oil decanter but it comes out realllllly slowly. Have you had this problem? I wonder if certain brands of dishsoap are runnier?

  21. January 14, 2014 / 10:59 pm

    Such cute organization! These little tips and tricks make deep cleaning and organization so much easier!

  22. March 5, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    I bought a olive oil dispenser for my dish soap and the soap barely comes out. Do you have a specific brand you might suggest?

  23. Bing
    May 20, 2019 / 4:45 pm

    Great idea where did you get your white tray?

    • May 21, 2019 / 7:44 pm

      Hi, that’s from the Container Store!

      • Samantha
        June 18, 2019 / 9:58 pm

        Which tray is it specifically?

        • June 19, 2019 / 9:28 am

          I’m so sorry Samantha, I don’t recall.

  24. Carlie
    December 9, 2020 / 9:54 am

    im also looking for a tray like that? any suggestions?

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