You know those days when you’re running late, rushing out the door, and by the time you get to work, you realize you’ve left your keys — and maybe your favorite lipstick — in another bag? If this doesn’t sound familiar, major props to you for always being on top of things. On the other hand, if it’s a regular occurrence (and let’s be honest, we’ve all been there), we’ve come up with a genius solution, and it’s easier than you think.
The answer is to leave your things (wallet, keys, lip balm) in one designated place and make it a daily habit. Find a spot on your desk or side table — or wherever you toss your purse as soon as you get home — and place all of your essentials in a (preferably cute) holder. We’re all about the decorative tray: Vintage-inspired, compact and available in a ton of eye-catching designs, it keeps everything within easy reach whenever you want to switch up your tote.
We’ve rounded up some versions for every style type, whether you’re a modern minimalist or a shabby chic-loving Francophile. Warning: The designs are so cool that you may have a hard time covering them up with your keys.
— Jane Sung