Those agate coasters your aunt sent you are actually so cute--except they’re barely visible under all the crap cluttering the coffee table. Here, seven tips for getting your living room workhorse back in working order.

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It might seem obvious...but stack those books

Multiple piles look neat and tidy when organized by size and aligned in rows.

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Then place interesting knickknacks on top like paperweights

Just don’t go overboard; one or two at most.

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Use trays and bowls

To organize doodads.

 

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Or to group together pretty votives

And succulents!

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Or those constantly disappearing remotes

Which one’s for the Roku again?

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Use a bottom shelf basket

To keep throws and blankets out of view.

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And if you must clutter, do so with purpose and perspective

Think: coordinating colors, varying heights and textures.

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