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Give House Guests a Tray as a Catch-All to Keep Them from Misplacing Things

Give House Guests a Tray as a Catch-All to Keep Them from Misplacing Things Related Blogs Two Cents Vitals Skillet Gear Gizmodo Media Group Blogs Deadspin Gizmodo Jalopnik Jezebel Kotaku Lifehacker Give House Guests a Tray as a Catch-All to Keep Them from Misplacing Things Heather Yamada-Hosley 7/06/16 7:00am Filed to: entertaining If you have friends or family crashing on your couch, give them a tray to store their small items like their keys, wallet, or phone. They’ll be less likely to lose their stuff in your living room—or any room—with a simple tray as a catch all for loose items. Giving them a dedicated space (even a small one) also makes your guests feel more welcome, especially if you don’t have a whole room you can host them in. You don’t necessarily have to use a tray, anything that’s big enough to put 3-6 small items on or in will do, like a small bowl or platter—as long as it’s pretty enough to not feel like a chore. Most visitors will probably want to use it for their phone, keys, wallet, phone charger, sunglasses, or other accessories. Advertisement They also make it easy to move your guests’ stuff when you need to use the table in your living room without scattering their things all over, or forcing them to scramble and grab everything. Best of all, it gives them one place to check when they get ready to leave, so they don’t leave anything behind at the end of their stay. No Guest Room? 5 Tricks to Make Visitors Feel at Home | Apartment Therapy Heather Yamada-Hosley heather.yamada-hosley@lifehacker.com @Curious_Heather Contributing Writer, Lifehacker.com Gear from Kinja Deals The Best Black Friday Deals Casper's New Box Spring Is a Miracle of Simplicity Give the Gift of A Movie Night With This Discounted AMC Theaters Gift Card Read more! View full discussion Want Lifehacker’s email newsletter? Subscribe About Blog Need Help? Content Guide Permissions Privacy Terms of Use Advertising Jobs RSS Share Tweet