{Decluttering 52 Things} Task #3: Coffee Table

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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We are on a roll to declutter, so far we have turned coathangers ready to declutter clothes in 6 months time and purged a few extra soft toys.  I am trying to catch up with a few tasks over the next week or so, so then we can have 1 task posted each week for the remainder of the year.

Here is a list of some of the declutter challenges we had last year:

  1. Declutter your kitchen bench
  2. Sort through the kids toys
  3. Use items from pantry
  4. Use fabric from your stash
  5. Throw away old cleaners
  6. Get rid of craft supplies you won’t use
  7. Organise old food magazine recipes
  8. Throw 5 from your handbag
  9. Throw away all kids tried textas
  10. Throw away 10 from your office drawer
  11. Throw away 10 things decluttering your kitchen

The most popular was throw 5 from your handbag, which I will challenge you to do in the next few weeks again. 

Today’s task is to declutter your coffee table:

We don’t have a coffee table, we moved it out of the lounge room when the twins were born as it’s made from granite and more than likely they may have bumped their little heads on it.  8 years on and we love not having a coffee table in front of the lounge, giving us room to lie on the floor and stretch.  But a coffee table is definitely a hot spot for clutter, like:

  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Books
  • Junk Mail
  • Cups
  • Dishes
  • you get the idea

Today I would like you to remove any excess item’s you have on your coffee table.  Glance at your magazines and decide if you really need to keep them.  Perhaps rip out the recipes you want to cook sometime soon and store them like suggested HERE.  Get a basket and place underneath the coffee table to help store all your excess magazines and books neater. 

 See if you can challenge yourself to have a spotless clean coffee table.

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Kerri February 17, 2011 - 10:28 AM

Wow I am so excited to have found this site… I have done the coat hanger thing and the soft toys and I’m about to do the coffee table challenge… My coffee table is not in the middle of the lounge room.. it is between two recliners in front of a window(the reading corner) its generally tidy but I am going to wipe it over and dust the lamp shade on the lamp that sits on it

Katrina February 27, 2011 - 8:44 PM

Awesome work Kerri! Welcome to the site!

Becci Sundberg February 17, 2011 - 5:43 PM

I missed the soft toys challenge, thought there should have been another one in there somewhere.

Love that you have athe Challenge tab too.

Wehave a coffee table but it's under the window, it doesn't have a shelf underneath to store stuff which is good, but we keep a beanbag under there for whenthe kids want it. On top is a scrapbook album of Ethan and two ornaments which will always be there. I have a magazine rack though, but that gets purged every sunday.

So yay challenge already done for me!

Katrina February 27, 2011 - 8:45 PM

Having the tab will make it alot easier! I love that you have the scrapbook album out for all to see. I used to do that but now I have too many of them 🙂

Natalie February 17, 2011 - 9:50 PM

We have put away our solid wood coffee table until our toddler is older too, but I find we end up with magazines and bits and pieces ALL OVER the lounge room instead of on one coffee table! So I covered a stiff cardboard box (about a large magazine size) in pretty fabric and popped it between the two lounge chairs. This used a piece of fabric I still hadn't assigned a project too, gave us a place to put magazines, and added a little decorator style touch to our rented lounge room! I bought a cheap bowl in the same general colour as the fabric and put it on the mantelpiece for all the little bits of clutter. As our lounge is our family space it gets a quick tidy a couple of times a day, and I empty the bowl each morning when I clean properly, and sort the magazines once a week 🙂

Katrina February 27, 2011 - 8:46 PM

that’s very creative natalie, I would never of thought to use fabric, great thinking!

Nikki February 18, 2011 - 1:50 AM

OMG you guys are so good…..

my coffee table is the second of my tidy husbands hates!!!

as soon as I get off here, as we are having a sick day with the toddler, I am off to do the coffee table challenge…

no shelf under but I can think of a basket I can just pop under on the floor.

I looove having a coffee table for feet cups junk mail and the friday dinner in front of the tv !!

but yes I will investigate where to put those recipes (i will probably never cook) so I can throw the mags!

Nikki 🙂

Katrina February 27, 2011 - 8:47 PM

Perfect start Nikki!

Melanie Graham February 19, 2011 - 5:35 PM

I don’t have the coffee table in front of the tv in the Lounge room. Too dangerous in our house lol. We have it downstairs in the Living room/entrance. But that means whenever anyone comes in the front door that is where everything gets put – keys, purse, school papers, newspapers etc, etc, etc. So yeah 😉 this is a good challenge for me. Thank you!

Katrina February 27, 2011 - 8:48 PM

Maybe a little basket on the table would store the keys/purse neatly.

Kim June 27, 2012 - 8:01 PM

I love this site it motivates me I just tidied my coffee table nothing but coasters and my hubby feet 🙂

Katrina June 27, 2012 - 9:50 PM

Awesome job, what’s next on your to-do list !!!

Ashley January 8, 2013 - 9:47 AM

I had an Ikea coffee table that was big and had a lower level for storage. I found that the top was a dumping spot and then that junk got ‘squirrelled’ away (AKA shoved out of sight) underneath into the baskets. I ended up hating it, so I brought out a square coffee table half the size with no lower shelf- problem solved! It does get messy quickly but it doesn’t get nearly as much, so I can clear it in seconds rather than 10 minutes! It also opened up the room a great deal and makes it look more spacious!

Katrina January 8, 2013 - 12:29 PM

I love your thinking, fabulous idea!

Kim Hardy April 17, 2015 - 11:18 AM

Hi – I love your blog and your ideas. Just wondering if you had blogged anyting about kids desk in dining room.
Im needing to set up a small desk for my daughter to do her homework, but I dont want it to be an eye sore, or hold too much rubbish as it is in our dining room, any ideas would be appreciated.


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