8 Valet Trays to Organize Your EDC at Home
EDC is all about being prepared and optimizing your carry, so why should that stop once you get home? There’s nothing wrong with dumping your pockets on your nightstand at the end of the day, but it’s way easier to keep track of your gear if you have something to put it in.
Valet trays and similar catch-alls keep your items organized and minimize the chances of forgetting something when you leave the house. As is the case with most things in life, no single tray will work for everyone (or their EDCs).
Before you pick a tray, you should have a general idea of what you’re going to be using it for.
If you’re only going to use it for keys and coins then something small will be fine, but watches, multitools, and wallets will require a larger tray.
In this guide, we’ll share some recommendations that should keep your EDC organized and at the ready when they’re not in your pockets.
Valet Trays for Your EDC Gear
For those just looking for a place to empty their pockets, this leather valet tray from Tanner Goods is a classic way to store items. It’s constructed using two pieces of their Meridian English bridle leather, which should age gracefully and develop its own individual character over time. At 7" x 7", it’s perfect if you don’t have a lot of space to work with or want quick access to your carry.
Owen and Fred Concrete Valet Tray
If you need something a little more concrete, this valet tray from Owen & Fred might be what you’re looking for. The heavy base gives it a sturdiness that should prevent it from accidentally being knocked to the floor with all your gear in it. Aside from being made of concrete, it has a leather interior that protects your valuables from any scratches. The concrete comes in — well concrete, but the waxy leather comes in brown, navy blue, or black so you can pick the one that fits your style.
Hunt and Sparrow Woven Valet Tray
This stitched bowl is perfect for loose change and any small EDC items in your pockets. Small multi-tools, keys, and knives fit snugly in this charcoal gray catch-all and the stitched pattern adds a level of craftsmanship that comes from a handmade item. At only 7” in diameter this provides all the benefits of a valet tray without any of the bulk, keeping your bedside table as slim as your pockets. It might not be the best option for anyone with large tools, but if you have a minimal carry this catch-all is a great option.
Natural Blue Pine Desk Valet
If you care about the environment (and you should), take a look at this valet tray made of 100% recycled pine wood. The trees used were killed by parasitic beetles, but don’t worry. The fungal spores produced by the beetles don’t damage the wood and it’s harmless to humans, but it does stain the wood with a cool blue color. The tray is sectioned off into a vertical display stand, a pocket dump area, and a cell phone charging bay complete with cutouts for a charging cable. This valet tray by Natural Pine Designs is a win-win if you want a unique valet tray to go along with a clear conscience.
Modko Stash Catchall
Sometimes you only need one item, and if you don’t want to go digging through a bowl of gear to get it then this pre-organized catchall dubbed the Stash could be the answer. It has silicone separators that not only organize your gear, but can also support items like your wallet when tossed on top. This catchall also has a built-in stand for phone or mid-sized tablets complete with a small pass-through for a charging cable. The minimal design makes it perfect for a desk or nightstand and with four different colors to choose from, there’s no reason to misplace any of your things anymore.
D&J Solid Wood Docking Tray
If you like your things to be a little more organized, you can opt for this solid wood docking station instead of a valet tray. It features a built-in cell phone holder with a small hole for a charging cable, a watch stand, and it even has a spot for loose change. The base is a blank slate of wood that’s perfect for a larger carry that won’t fit in a bowl or tray. If stained wood isn’t your style, this handmade docking station is also available in 9 other finishes.
BASE Object 004 Polystone Tray
This tray from BASE is about as minimal as it gets. Simply named Object 004, it’s made 100% of polyston—making it look more like a modern art installation then a valet tray. The inside is covered with a soft felt that protects your things from any damage and there’s a small dip in the wall so you can leave your phone on the charger as well. The minimal design makes it ideal for holding your carry and with five colors to choose from, you can blend it in with your home decor or make it stand out. It’s up to you.
Max 12 Inch Valet Tray
For those with a little more to carry, there’s always this compartmentalized valet tray. The compartments are of various shapes and sizes which help it hold a wide range of tools in an ever-changing EDC. Everything from your watch to loose change can find a place in this tray with room to spare for other tools. For example, there’s a compartment covered by a flap that would be perfect for larger EDC items like knives and multi-tools. The entire tray is covered in a smooth leatherette save for the interior, which is overlaid with a soft felt instead. At 11.5 x 8 x 1.5 inches, this tray can keep your carry organized and accessible when they leave your pocket.
What's your favorite way to store your gear at the end of the day? Share your at-home setup in the comment section below.