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Clutter Control | Organize Your Coffee Table

Log Home Living | by: Clare Martin Magnetic Coasters Folding Magazine Rack Remote Control Caddy If your coffee table is anything like mine, it's a jumbled mess of books, magazines, remotes, coasters, craft projects and God only knows what else. Every time I manage to tame the clutter (which, I confess, happens less often than […]
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Log Home Living | by: Clare Martin

Magnetic Coasters Folding Magazine Rack Remote Control Caddy

If your coffee table is anything like mine, it's a jumbled mess of books, magazines, remotes, coasters, craft projects and God only knows what else. Every time I manage to tame the clutter (which, I confess, happens less often than I'd like), the whole thing seems to explode again within a matter of days. Other than reducing my volume of magazine subscriptions or giving up my habit of knitting while watching TV (neither of which I'm inclined to do), I know the only way to keep my coffee table clutter-free is by investing in some smart organizational solutions.

That's where these products come in—they'll help control the chaos by providing a place for everything, and will add a dash of sophistication to your coffee table to boot. Even better? They're all a snap to set up and cost under $30. Because really, who wants to waste a lot of time and money organizing the coffee table when there are magazines to be read and socks to be knit?

Stick It
Can't seem to get your coasters to stay in a neat little stack? These sleek aluminum ones by California designer Will Prindle come with a helpful little secret: They're embedded with magnets so they'll automatically stick together. What they won't stick to, though, is the bottom of your glass—the circular grooves collect condensation so that you'll never pick up your drink to find that the coaster has come along for the ride. If only staying tidy could always be this easy. $25 for a set of four. Call 800-851-4509, or visit momastore.org.
Magnetic coasters from the MOMA Store

Divide and Conquer
If finding your last issue of Log Home Living means rifling through a foot-high stack of old magazines, it's time to do a little sorting. Lots of magazine holders out there have just one big compartment, which means you're merely transferring the unruly stack from one area to another. That's why I'm partial to this faux-leather file from Crate & Barrel, which separates your periodicals so you can easily see what you've got on hand (and adds a nice pop of colr, too!). Should you decide to do a massive recycling purge one day, it unsnaps and folds flat so you can store it until you need it again. $21.95. Call 800-967-6696, or visit crateandbarrel.com.
Crate & Barrel folding magazine rack

Remote Location
When it comes to making the coffee table look like a mess, remote controls seem to be the most onerous offenders. Between the TV remote, the DVD remote, the DVR remote and the stereo remote, is it any wonder they seem to splay across every available surface (or that you can never find the right one when you need it)? This faux-leather caddy from Stacks & Stacks will corral them all into one place, and even spins around for easy access. Just think—you may never again have to perform another fruitless search between the couch cushions minutes before your favorite show starts! $19.95. Call 800-761-5222, or visit stacksandstacks.com.
Remote control caddy from Stacks & Stacks
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