Kitchen and Dining Room Mission #4: Declutter your Dining Areas

Filed under: Kitchen/Dining Room,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 6:28 am on Friday, November 21, 2008

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Dedicate some time this week to the eating areas of your home- your kitchen table, breakfast nook, dining room, etc.
Start by assessing your problem areas.

  • Are your table surfaces clear? Or are you eating in front of the TV to avoid trying to find your table?
  • Is your china cabinet displaying your best pieces, or have you overcrowded it with your “collection”?
  • Are you storing items in your dining areas that may have a more suitable home in another room of your house?
  • Do you have a closet in this space that you avoid opening, especially in front of guests?
  • Do you know what tablecloths you own and where they are?

After assessing your problems areas, decide which problem is your priority and get to work. Don’t pull out everything at once. Organize one drawer or one shelf at a time.
Additional Tips:

  • If your table is a dumping ground for clutter, keep your table covered with a table cloth. Or keep your table set for your next meal. Keeping your table looking nice will help deter clutter from settling there.
  • A great idea for linens! A friend of mine added a clothing rod in her pantry. She hangs her tablecloths on wooden hangers, each with a label of the tablecloth’s dimensions.
  • If you have a large number of place settings of china, carefully store the excess somewhere else. If you don’t regularly entertain large groups using your china, why keep service for 20 accessible? Free up the space, your everyday tableware will thank you.

If you use your dining room for other activities, read Organizing 101:Dining Rooms for organizing ideas and inspiration.

Overwhelmed by this project? Set Me Free! offers hands-on help.

Are you motivated by this mission or have a great organizing idea that works for you? Leave a comment to inspire others!

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