Ideas for decorating your dining table

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  I’m loving this Orchid I acquired recently, similar Orchid available here.  I purchased my dining table online here, it’s no longer available, however, they do have some similar pieces.   

Dining table decor ideas:

  • flowers
  • plants
  • bowl of fruit
  • candles
  • placemats, ready for dinner
  • ornaments

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.

How do you decorate your dining table?

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Janine September 26, 2018 - 8:26 AM

i took on this tip which you shared a couple of years ago because my dining table was my dumping zone, since you shared your idea of a table runner and ornament, i have a family photo it had since been a neat and tidy dining table, junk free! love the simplicity of what you share.

Stacey H September 27, 2018 - 4:18 PM

I love this idea but find that my kids are often the mess makers… They often use the table as an area to do colouring in, hama beads, etc and tend to spread out. They are 4 and 6 years old. I’d love to have a beautiful dining table like this, do you have any suggestions to help with keeping the kids things off the table or an easy way to store them?

AnG November 20, 2018 - 6:07 AM

Do you have room for a separate kids’ table with storage? Look at KidKraft Primary Rectangular Kid’s Play Table at Lowes.


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