If a visitor catching a glimpse of your dresser might think your house was just burglarized, I feel your pain. In my perfect world, the top of my dresser would be absolutely empty but sadly, it’s just not realistic. Mine collects all kinds of things from lip balm to spare change to doo-dads and whatchamacallits (all accidentally, of course).

Because you’re in your bedroom at least twice a day, dresser surfaces are so easy to clutter and can be an eyesore. Here are four ways to organize your dresser to keep the top of it looking good and keep you enjoying your bedroom.

Household Items

If your sense of style is a bit more quirky than traditional, why not upcycle a common household item to corral the clutter on your dresser? For example, nab a few of your silicone muffin cups or just spray paint a muffin tin bright pink. How about arranging a few small flower pots on the dresser or tie ribbons around a couple jelly jars? You might even hit a local garage sale for an old fashioned teacup and saucer. All these items are just containers and as such, they can be repurposed into cute solutions for keeping the top of your dresser in tip-top shape. To reduce dresser-top clutter even more, use the wall by turning a cork bulletin board into a nifty jewelry organizer with just one trip to the hardware store for cup hooks beaded chain.

Valet Trays

One of the simplest ways to control a space is by adding physical boundaries and a valet tray fits the bill perfectly. Whether masculine in black leather or a more feminine pink leather with an integrated picture frame, these attractive and inexpensive solutions are great for keeping small items under control.

Accessory Trays

Perhaps the most generic item on our list, the accessory tray is an organizing hero because it can be just about anything. From recycled molded plastic to crystal clear acrylic, from sandstone to bamboo, from water hyacinth to wood, from soft plastic to woven pandan leaves, and oh did I mention plastic, plastic and plastic? In all shapes and sizes, these handy items are easy to find, easy to keep clean and will control your clutter quick.

Valet Charging Stations

One step up from the simple valet tray is the combination valet and charging station. These multi-level tabletop stations (most with drawers) conveniently hold keys, wallet, jewelry and charge your smartphone in style.

Monica Ricci founded Catalyst Organizing Solutions in 1998 and has been helping people change their lives ever since. She is the author of Organize Your Office In No Time and was named one of the nation’s “Organizing Elite” by Forbes Magazine. Monica is a Certified Professional Organizer and she sits on the committee that created her industry’s only professional certification program. She is also a winner of her industry’s highest honor, the National Association of Professional Organizers Founders Award. She appears frequently as an industry expert on both radio and television and is the former host of the radio show Organization Nation. Monica can often be seen on the HGTV show, MISSION: Organization.

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