my dining room
Many of you mentioned that clutter was your biggest battle in your dining rooms and so often that clutter is paper. First identify what these sources of paper are and figure out why they are landing where they are landing. It most likely means these things don’t have a home or they do have a home that is obviously not working for you. The easiest way I know how to explain this is to take you on a little tour around my “still waiting to be painted” dining room. Walk with me.
My kid’s papers/crafts always end up on the table. I needed a system that would house the kid’s stuff and where they could have some ownership and pride over what gets displayed. I’m not a big fan of the fridge front being cluttered up so instead the kids have their own magnetic white board on the wall. They also each have their own magnetic clip with their name on it. I just cleared the board off, usually it’s a lot more crowded than that.
So moving around the room, we come to my tea trolley. My tea trolley doesn’t hold tea but it does do a great job of keeping my sale flyers and magazines under wraps. I read my flyers at the kitchen table so it would make no sense for me to store them anywhere else but conveniently there.
Out of necessity for the kids, I also recently purchased the three drawer container (one drawer for each child) to hold the kids workbooks and other miscellaneous things they like to take out to work on at the table. I blogged about it here.
It’s important to remember that different stages call for different systems. When my big kids were younger I found it extremely helpful to keep an art centre on a book shelf in my dining room for ease of use.
Next we have my china/linen cabinet if that’s even what it can be called. Not the most attractive but it fits the space and works for us now so we are making do.
This is the only designated spot I have for these things so if I purchase something new, something else has to go. It wasn’t long ago I organized my table linens in the bottom of the cabinet and you can see that here.
If you are working at getting your dining room organized this month, follow my PROCESS steps and concentrate on one step at a time. If your plan is to get your table cleared off so you can all sit down and enjoy dinner together again then the next step is to REMOVE everything off that table, SORT it into piles and PURGE what you can. Piles are accumulating on your table because they don’t have a home somewhere else. Give those things a home that is accessible and easy to use.
Storing things where you use them really is the key to maintaining a system. This post of mine talks a little more about systems and how do go about setting them up in your dining room to control the paper clutter.
Once you get your systems in place and find a home for everything let’s not forget one other very important factor. Discipline! Taking 5-10 minutes each night before bed to quickly put things back where they belong will go a long way to keeping the clutter from accumulating on you and becoming an overwhelming mess.
Controlling paper with a hanging paper organizer ~ so smart and easy!
Clutter Free Eating Space ~ Professional Organizer Marilyn Bohn