Today’s task within my 20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home Program is to tidy and clean your dining area. A very long time ago, prior to me being ‘organised’, I used to have a dumping zone. I would come home from work and dump the mail, my handbag, keys, sunglasses, shopping, anything that was in my arms onto the dining table. More than likely it would just stay there for a few days (out of pure laziness). This drove me mad, a constant mess on our dining table. It has always been important for my husband and I to always eat at the dining table, so something had to change. I created a method that has since worked for me and hope it does for you too.
At the time, to help me stop my habit of dumping everything onto the table I purchased a really nice table runner and ornament and placed it in the middle of the table – it made it look pretty. This was my trigger; when I came home I would see a beautifully tidy table (which made me smile) and this stopped me from putting the items onto the table. I then needed a place for all my ‘stuff’, so I created a home for all my dump zone items. From that day 20 years ago, I have always put a table runner and ornament on my table and not had a table full of stuff.
Where I relocated my ‘stuff’:
- Keys – on a hook in the garage (these days they just stay in my handbag)
- Sunglasses – stay in the car
- Handbag – in our old house I had a hook on the wall, now I have a basket in the laundry
- Mail – is opened straight away, junk is thrown in the bin and other items filed
- Shopping – unpacked and put away immediately
Dining table decor ideas:
- bowl of fruit
- placemats, ready for dinner
BabyMac has a simple vase with flowers
I’m enjoying the current trend of faux plants in the home and greenery on the dining table, like Bali Zones has here.
And Mocka has done the same, adding in what looks like some leaves of a tree outside and some additional decor items.
This dining table is sure to transform any dining space with its cool edgy vibe, available online here.