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[Day 27] Kitchen/Dining Room Table: Kitchen Clutter Clear Out

We are at Day 27 of the Kitchen Clutter Clear Out.  Yesterday we focused on our counters so it makes sense to turn our focus to the kitchen/dining room table today.

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Our tables are another favorite spot for clutter, much like the counter.  Would you like to eat at your table once again?  Invite friends over for dinner or family for the holidays?

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It is possible! Don’t give up or beat yourself up for the state of your table. What’s done is done. This will not serve you or help you reach your Clutter Clear Out goals. Time to move forward.

You will proceed with the same steps we used for the counters.

  • Have a trash and recycling bin near you.
  • Grab a box or laundry basket to temporarily hold the items that need to be put into other areas. Wait until you are finished with the table and then put those items away.
  • Start with one tiny area or small pile on your table.  Sort the items. Work your way around your table. If it helps motivate you, set a timer for 30 minutes. When it goes off, take a break or reset the timer.
  • Toss old papers, put dishes in the dishwasher or sink, toss trash and recycling, place items that need to go elsewhere into the box or laundry basket.
  • Stay focused on your goal.
  • Put away the items that need to go into other rooms.
  • When you have finished, say “hello” to the surface of your table and rejoice!  You did it!!

Did you unearth anything interesting on your table?  Maybe something you have been looking high and low for?

Simply,

Jill

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  1. Shannon on October 30, 2013 at 6:30 am

    This remains to be my biggest challenge – the dining room table! I will have to say, since the challenge in January, my dining room table has been much better, but it is still the dumping ground for our family. It acquires every random “thing” that enters our home. Usually, I can have it cleaned off and “company ready” in 10 minutes or less. But, I still struggle with the daily maintenance. Any suggestions? I’d love to have it company-ready at all times – especially since it is in the entryway. It is the first thing people see when they enter my home (and hence the best place for us to dump things when we come and go).



    • Jill Annis on October 30, 2013 at 7:05 am

      Hi Shannon, This is a challenge for everyone. Our tables have clutter magnetic properties, I swear. If you want it company ready at all times……then the stuff can’t land there. Wish it was easier. Instead of setting it down, put the stuff where it belongs. I know that’s hard when you don’t live alone and when you are in a rush to get in the house and onto another activity. Another option, use some kind of container on your table, for the stuff. Then you can move the container when company comes or carry the container around the house once a day, putting stuff away. Be careful, containers seem to attract more clutter or it’s tempting to stash the containers and forget about them. I think it sounds like you are doing very well with your table though. If you eat at the table, force yourself and family to really clear it before dinner, every day. That will keep clutter to a bare minimum. Thanks for keeping in touch.



  2. Shannon on October 30, 2013 at 6:30 am

    This remains to be my biggest challenge – the dining room table! I will have to say, since the challenge in January, my dining room table has been much better, but it is still the dumping ground for our family. It acquires every random “thing” that enters our home. Usually, I can have it cleaned off and “company ready” in 10 minutes or less. But, I still struggle with the daily maintenance. Any suggestions? I’d love to have it company-ready at all times – especially since it is in the entryway. It is the first thing people see when they enter my home (and hence the best place for us to dump things when we come and go).



    • Jill Annis on October 30, 2013 at 7:05 am

      Hi Shannon, This is a challenge for everyone. Our tables have clutter magnetic properties, I swear. If you want it company ready at all times……then the stuff can’t land there. Wish it was easier. Instead of setting it down, put the stuff where it belongs. I know that’s hard when you don’t live alone and when you are in a rush to get in the house and onto another activity. Another option, use some kind of container on your table, for the stuff. Then you can move the container when company comes or carry the container around the house once a day, putting stuff away. Be careful, containers seem to attract more clutter or it’s tempting to stash the containers and forget about them. I think it sounds like you are doing very well with your table though. If you eat at the table, force yourself and family to really clear it before dinner, every day. That will keep clutter to a bare minimum. Thanks for keeping in touch.