All too often it seems that items come into your home and find their way to your dining room or kitchen table. The reason is often because there is not clear plan on where these items should go, so that is where they drop.
For my family, this is the case for my kids. They come in the door after school and the backpacks and coats get tossed onto the table and then they run to grab a snack. Or, let me say, that use to be the case. Now, my kids know that our hallway bench is where the coats and backpacks go. That is their home each evening.
It took some training and even now, I have to say “backpacks on the bench” when they walk through the door, but many times, they will do it without me even asking. They’ve learned that our table is not where these things belong.
If your table has been taken over by the backpacks, the mail, the chargers, the school work….and possibly other items, you can claim the space back again. It just requires a little bit of time and some tips on how to get it organized.
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1. Remove any kids items and find a new home for them. Find a place near the front door or in the hallway or even a corner of the family room where the backpacks can go after school. If possible, add hooks to your wall so they can be hung up (out of the way) as soon as they get home from school. This will keep them from landing on your table.
2. Tackle the paperwork. Go through any papers you find on the table. Sort them into keep, trash and recycle. Once sorted, toss the trash and put the recycled items where they need to go. Then, find a new home for your mail. It may be a holder for your wall or even a basket on the kitchen counter. Just make sure it knows where it should go.
If you have coupons, put them into your filing system (binder, file or envelopes). When these are not filed where they should be, you will forget you have them and not end up using them like you want.
3. Remove any other items you see on the table and find a new home for them. Place chargers in a drawer (or even create a charging station in your home where all electronics can go). Find bins or baskets for hats and gloves. Whatever is on your table is there because it does not have a home. Once you assign it a home you will know where it will go from now on.
4. Clean the table off and add a centerpiece. Now that your table is cleaned off, you can enjoy it. Place a bowl with fresh fruit on it or even add fresh flowers.
Now, you have a table that you can enjoy — and actually use to eat your family dinners together!