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Can We Read Your Coffee Table Fortune?

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Jess Willingham
09.11.15

There’s the Myers-Briggs personality test, and then there’s your coffee table. Yes, your coffee table says a lot about you and your home. So, we’re going to play amateur fortune teller and point out areas you could improve on, based on the current state of your table.

Here are five types of coffee tables and what they say about you.

1. The Takeout Table

Is your actual coffee table is hidden beneath boxes of takeout, empty fortune cookie wrappers and a half dozen to-go cups? Congrats, you have a takeout table! No judgment here, takeout is delish.

But, this is likely a sign of larger food organizational problem. Clear the table of all food, and then it might be time to take a look at your refrigerator. Chances are, you have old food in your fridge that needs clearing out.  Here’s how to clean out your fridge in just 30 minutes.

2. The Spotless Table

If your coffee table is spotless like an untouched snowy field, you may be neat to the point of uninteresting.

A coffee table, like a kitchen, is often a heart of the home. It’s where all the living happens: conversations with guests, dinners with your boo, or a glass of wine after a long day. Warm up this space by neatly stacking a couple coffee table books and placing design piece on top, like a piece of driftwood from a beach vacation or a decorative candle. A little design goes a long way!

3. The Horizontal Bookcase

Do you have magazines and books stacked all over your coffee table? While your bookish knowledge is likely impressive, your clutter is not.

You might have a hard time letting go of reading material. Evaluate the books that are taking up the most space and ask yourself if you really need to keep them. Can you potentially donate some favorite tomes to a local library? Can you cancel some subscriptions to save money (and space)?

4. The Office Desk

If your coffee table looks more like an office desk, with pencils and electronics and folders everywhere, you sound like a total power boss, but you also sound like you need a real home office. Carve out a space in your home that’s quiet and secluded, and move your work-from-home materials there!

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