12/06/2011 09:42 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Cleaning Tip: Trays: The Most Useful Accessory

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A versatile addition to any family room or living room, a tray can serve a multitude of functions. Plus it's easy to whisk things out of sight whenever necessary. Some tray chic ideas:

- Fashion a coffee table out of an ottoman by resting a tray atop one. Use it to hold candles or a vase of flowers.
- Place a tray on a sideboard table to hold a stack of current magazines or bar items.
- Store remote controls on a tray on the coffee table.
- Create an end table, using a tray as the tabletop. Make the base out of a stack of books, a luggage stand, or a stool
- Use a tray to display a collection.

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