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Keeping Clutter Off The Dining Room Table

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."

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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."

By Ronsan

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By renee (Guest Post)
April 17, 20050 found this helpful
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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.

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Such a treat for eyes too.

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May 25, 20080 found this helpful

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!

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June 27, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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April 14, 20170 found this helpful

I always have my dining room table decorated for this season or holiday, I have a tablecloth with the Linens I have a centerpiece which usually includes candles and since my husband and I are retired I try to keep the table looking nice for the two of us. I have a breakfast bar which catches everything but the mail goes to our home office and my purse goes upstairs and my closet, my husband has a valley that he keeps his wallet and we have a Shelf with hooks for the keys that is behind the door.

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When my husband I married I always loved having a pretty dining room table with the tablescape so he has been used to my dining room table having a pretty tablescape arranged on it.

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