Tips for Your Dining Room

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated January 27, 2015)

If you are one of those lucky people that have a dining room, then chances are you have at least once run into the problem of having a disorganized disaster in that dining room. Just about everyone can agree that a disorganized and cluttered dining room is never a very attractive addition to any home. Luckily, there are a few simple and easy things that anyone can do to fix this problem, and reduce the risk of this recurring.

To begin, you need to decide on what type of dining room it is that you want. Deciding on what type of dining room you want is probably one of the more important steps in this process for the simple reason that you are not going to organize your formal dining room in the same manner that you are going to with a more informal, everyday setting. No matter how you plan on using your dining room, whether it is a formal or informal, you just need to keep one thing in mind and that is your dining room is for dining. The best way to keep this in mind is that these rooms do not make good storage rooms.

Formal dining rooms run the risk of becoming storage rooms rather quickly since they are typically only used for the more formal events such as holidays, anniversaries, birthdays and other occasions that often call for a more special setting. This is usually because of the whole "out of sight, out of mind" principle that often seems to go along with such situations.

Similarly, casual dining rooms run the risk of becoming "clutter central" due to the daily use that they are put through. This can be due to so many different things that you can literally go nuts trying to think of all the uses. Homework, reading newspapers, paying bills, and so on are only the beginning. What many people may not realize is that the same general guidelines can apply to both the casual and formal dining room. The greatest asset when organizing your dining room is that it needs to be kept clean. Here are a few ideas on how you can do that.

When displaying your china, knick-knacks and centerpieces, take a little time to decide which are your favorite, or the most striking. This is because you have a limited amount of space to display these items, so choose which ones you would most like to show off. If you cannot decide which you like best, well...don't worry, since you can always rotate your items, and therefore be able to change the room's mood.

If you happen to have a lot of tablecloths, runners, placemats and curtains, then you are going to need to do a little bit of organization here as well. Try to store these things neatly in baskets, linen closets or drawers. Not doing this is going to make your room look extremely cluttered and disorganized. Another way to utilize these cloth accessories is by using them as an artistic decoration. One of the best ways to do this would be to hang them like tapestries on the wall.

Finally, one of the best ways to keep your room organized is to stress yet again a principle that was mentioned earlier. Simply put, that is to keep and use your dining room for dining only. Simply use this room for its intended purpose. This is going to keep down the clutter and the mess from outside sources, and make it easier to get ready for your next big meal.

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...

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