Cleaning Organizing Ideas for your Kitchen Table: Do you have a kitchen table that you eat dinner on every night? If not a kitchen table, do you have a dining room table, that the family eats dinner on every night? Most people answer yes, to the first part of that question, but unfortunately, no to the part about eating dinner at the table, every night. ( Read about weekly menu planning here. ) I won’t go into the importance of eating as a family now, we’ve covered this topic extensively here and here. For information on kitchen organization you should check this article here.
We will in this article however cover organizing tips, and cleaning organizing ideas for your kitchen table.
Cleaning Organizing Ideas
I most often find, through reader emails and talking to people that, often the reason they aren’t eating dinner at the kitchen table is because, it’s often used as a dumping ground, for all kinds of things. The kids get their homework projects out, and spread them all over the table. Clean washing comes in off the clothesline, and is dumped on the table for sorting, folding and putting away. (I am guilty of this one at times). It’s also used for newspapers, magazines, the daily mail, junk mail, dirty dishes, and the spot people plonk jackets when coming in from the cold. Using the table for these purposes can become a bad habit, and sometimes a new routine is the only thing that can rectify the problem.
A few quick cleaning organizing tips for a kitchen table in this state:
Would be, to try and direct people to take their things to their bedrooms, and not use the table as a dumping ground. A few others include:
- Setting up hooks at your front entry for people to leave their coats.
- Fold washing off the line, or at the dryer and put it away immediately after folding
- Sort the mail on the front porch near your garbage bin. If you have problems with mail and papers, throw away all junk mail immediately. (until the problem has been fixed with a new routine)
- Open the mail and throw away the envelopes, deliver the needed mail straight to your office and into a temporary file until bill paying day.
- The days newspapers and older papers should be thrown away, unless you know someone still wants to read it.
- Pack away all magazines, keeping only the most recent edition, throw away the rest. (Forget, you wanted to rip something out. Start that stuff when you’re organized, for now, if you really need to find out about something that was in the mag, you’ll find info equally as good, if not better online anyway.
Now if these more drastic #organizing ideas didn’t feel like the perfect solution for you, I’m happy to introduce to you all, my friend and expert on keeping your dining or kitchen table organized, Gina Vasselli. Gina is a freelance writer and expert on all things DIY and Home Organization. She has some marvelous #cleaning organizing ideas for your kitchen table, and a wonderful DIY project to share with you. My sons school, uses this DIY idea, to keep the primary school kids, desks organized and I’m excited to say, this is the first time I’ve seen a tutorial to make these.
Thanks so much and I’ll now pass the page over to Gina,
Organizing Tips Kitchen Table
One of the biggest culprits for keeping a home feeling disorganized is the dreaded kitchen table dump. Everyone comes home and plops down mail, clothes, groceries and pretty much anything else they’re carrying on to the table meaning two things are happening
1) those items aren’t going where they should be going and
2) there is a pile of junk on what was a nice clean kitchen table.
But there are a few simple tips to help prevent this from happening.
Keeping the table set, placing a vase of flowers and a bowl of decorative orbs or fruit onto the table can help create a stopping point from the table dumping motion. It sends a signal that this is not the place to drop all this stuff and hopefully you and the other members of your house will like your decorations enough that they don’t want to mess it up.
When time comes for dinner it is probably someone’s time to set the table make this chore include putting the items on the table in their PROPER place. It can be easy to simply move the stuff on the table to an empty chair or another nearby surface but all that means is that someone will be searching for their stuff later on or the stuff will wind up back on the table when dinner is over.
3) No Baskets
Do not have a basket or stack that lives on the table. It can seem like a good idea to help contain the clutter and mail but it will just wind up spilling out over the table and will keep the table dumping habit alive.
Another option for when you have tried all these other methods in the past and they simply haven’t worked is to make table pockets.
They’re a removable place to store all that stuff from the table and you can even make a set pocket for all the stuff each member of the family had on the table.
To make these pockets you need:
- -Printed or colored cotton fabric long enough to fit along a side or section of your table twice. The measurements really depend on how big of a table you’re making the pockets for. I would suggest picking out a fabric that matches the table or the room.
- -A strong hook and loop
- -Basic sewing supplies
fabric for kitchen table pocket
Step 1) Fold your fabric lengthwise so that the right sides of your fabric are together (the printed side is on the inside) stitch down the sides and the bottom leaving an opening for turning. Turn the fabric and stitch the opening closed. The printed side of the fabric should be on the outside now.
Step 2) Fold the fabric lengthwise stopping about 2 ½ inches from top, making space for a pocket about 6 inches deep. Pin and stitch down both sides and across the bottom.
By the way, if these instructions confuse you or don’t seem to make sense just take a piece of paper and go through the motions. It’ll make a lot more sense then.
Step 3) Trace lines for pocket separations and stitch accordingly. You can also create labels for each family member if you want.
Step 4) Attach the hook and loops onto the table and on the back of the pocket.
You can now easily take things off the table and put them into the pockets, keeping them easily accessible but not cluttering up your table space. This is especially good for homework and other temporary uses for the kitchen table.
Before dinner you can make each member of the family go through their assigned pocket and put away any items in there (or leave them if they plan on taking them back to the table for use later that night)
Then once that is done you can easily remove the table pocket and store it somewhere else.
Gina Vasselli is a writer living in Myrtle Beach who writes on behalf of #online fabric stores, area hotels, stores and more.
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As always, thanks for reading, and remember to take care of one another.
by : Sharon