I finally found a simple solution to a problem that has bugged me for years! My dining room table seemed to take on the life of a dump-it-all spot for everyone in the family, and I only made it worse by removing the good linen tablecloth - by leaving only the underpad that is washable with a damp cloth, it was an open invitation to dump stuff. I suddenly realized that no one in this family would put anything on it if I had it "set for company."
Out came the Irish linen tablecloth that is so beautiful but such a pain to iron, the good dishes, the stemware, the Irish linen napkins the napkin rings and the centerpiece. It was gorgeous and looked totally ready for company!
Not one person has even thought about setting something else down on that table or even any other surface. When asked if we were expecting company, I said only "Maybe, so don't leave anything in the dining room.!" End of discussion, end of problem. Added bonus is that the table setting is so beautiful that I find I am keeping the dining room really clean and dust free, ready for "company at a moment's notice."
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I found a cute table runner works good too. I put that on with the excuse that I have to clean table off to see it. It'sa 4th of July one with stars on it from Kmart.
WOW, I HADN'T THOUGHT OF THAT ONE!! UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S JUST ABOUT ONLY ME THAT DUMPS ON THE TABLE, I STARTED TO WONDER IF THERE REALLY WAS A TABLE UNDER ALL THAT MESS!! AND I'M SERIOUS, YOU COULDN'T SEE THE TABLE ANYMORE!! I AM ABOUT TO MOVE NEXT WEEK AND WANT SO BAD TO HAVE NICE LOOKING TABLE SO EVEN THO I DON'T HAVE ALL THE FANCY STUFF TO PUT ON THE TABLE FOR COMPANY, MAYBE IF I JUST DECORATE IT NICELY WITH FLOWERS AND SUCH, IT WON'T BE SUCH A TEMPTATION TO MESS IT UP AGAIN!! THANKS FOR THE GREAT ADVICE!
By renee (Guest Post)
My family , including myself, has the same bad habit of dumping everything on the dining room table. I recently cleaned it off, put a pretty lace tablecloth with cut glass bowl in the center, and miraculously it has been free of clutter. Such a treat for eyes too.