Why Does Clutter Keep Piling up on my Dining Room Table?

It’s like magic.

You spend an hour or more, clearing off the table, putting stuff away.  You get out a pretty tablecloth or place mats.  Maybe you add a bowl of flowers, or candles for soft lighting during your next meal.

You leave the room, thinking how nice it is to have the table cleared off, finally. This time it’s going to stay that way!

Then, somehow, when you go back, there is a small pile of paper on the table, right next to the flowers.  It’s the mail.  Some of it is for you, some for other family members, and some are for that person who has never lived here but gets mail anyway- Occupant.

clutter tableOkay. Not bad.

Next time you see the table, it has part of a craft project, some flyers that need to go into recycling, and a dog toy that needs mending.  As well, there is a birthday card you meant to mail last week, and now it’s going to be late.  More random papers, and a shirt missing a button.

Finally, you find several piles of paper, insurance reminders, tax information, printed out recipes, and several colouring pages to help you keep the stress away.  You really need the last papers, as you are feeling very stressed.

Why does this clutter happen?

How can you find a way to keep the table clear?

First, most horizontal surfaces turn into collecting areas because we don’t have homes for things that we use all the time.

Second, we have many activities that require a flat surface.  I can’t piece a puzzle on my lap, and I can’t use the floor, although I’m sure Mr. Puppy would love that.

My family enjoys game evenings, we laugh, share snacks, and move various tiny pieces around a board, trying to win, or at least, keep others from doing so.

I read, blog, drink tea, mend dog toys, sew buttons back on clothing, and sort the huge stacks of paper that seems to flood in each day.

We eat there, too.

You can start the clearing process by looking at what you and your family do on that table.  List every activity, including the ones your kids do.  How many of them are there?

You could get another table, and place it in another room.  Many people don’t have large homes, so extra tables may not fit.

Parents often want their kids to be nearby while they work on homework, or crafts, so they can be there to help, and so they can watch as they get supper ready.  The table needs to be near the kitchen.

Perhaps a sideboard near the table that can be used for storage.

Keep craft stuff, or projects you work on regularly in there.

Paper still needs to have a decision made as it comes in the door, as it piles up quickly.

Most paper, about 80% of it doesn’t need to be in your house at all.

The rest should be sorted into categories, such as insurance documents, tax information, and so on.  Invitations should be entered onto a family calendar, or on your cell phone as soon as you decide what you want to do.

Flyers, catalogues, a random paper that comes in, needs to be quickly shuffled out to the recycle.  Better yet, have your name removed from catalogue mailing lists.

Kids homework.

In another blog, I talked about setting up homework stations.  This is so important to keep kids and you on track.  Make sure you always know about field trips, important school events, and never allow uneaten lunches to develop into alternate life forms, by taking everything out of the back packs each evening.

Repack them with most of the stuff they will need the next day, except the lunches.

Now all you have to do is light the candles, and enjoy a clutter-free table with your family!

Let me know how we could help you with your next project.

Contact Us Today

95 Comment

  1. Thank you for every other fantastic post. Where else may anyone get that kind of
    info in such a perfect method of writing? I’ve a presentation subsequent week, and I’m at the search
    for such information.

  2. Excellent post. Keep posting such kind of info on your site.
    Im really impressed by your blog.
    Hello there, You have performed a great job. I’ll definitely digg it and for my
    part suggest to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this
    web site.

  3. My brother suggested I might like this website. He was totally
    right. This post actually made my day. You cann’t
    imagine simply how much time I had spent for this info!


  4. Hi! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us
    so I came to check it out. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking
    and will be tweeting this to my followers! Superb blog and superb
    style and design.

  5. Hello, i read your blog from time to time and
    i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam remarks?
    If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you
    can advise? I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any assistance is very much appreciated.

  6. He might actually be as good as marketed, however we can’t trust that he is any longer as
    a result of he was found to be using a iPhone to cheat his means through a match The plot begins and ends, as
    all good plots do, in the bathroom.

  7. We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your website provided us with valuable information to work on. You’ve done an impressive job and our whole community
    will be grateful to you.

  8. Hello There. I found your blog the use of msn. This is a really neatly written article.
    I will make sure to bookmark it and return to read extra of
    your useful information. Thanks for the post.
    I will definitely return.

  9. I got this website from my buddy who told me regarding this site and at the moment
    this time I am browsing this website and reading very informative posts at this time.

  10. Jack and Jones ability to combine quality and value has made the lavel the right tonic for that retailer and customer.
    Higher priced brands including Diesel are actually capable to concentrate on a mjch more ffluent target audience; less
    affected by spending restrictiions annd reducwd confidence.
    This article discusses style tips that will enable you to improve your image while using least amount of
    effort and trouble.

  11. a payment for you, in your account, oon your own behalf, or your request if yoou have
    a responsibility to settle thee amount. It is incumbent upon the enterprise risk management effort too
    recognize and assess all risks and utilize opportunities.
    We recommend that if you store your records electronically you are
    making a back-up copy to be sure the evidence is easily accessible iin the ecent the original becomes inaccessible or unreadable (for example,
    when a hard dis drive iss corrupted).

  12. You mmay need to get back to your online designer and have them
    to simplify the whole lot; too fancy is often a turn-off. They achieved itt in Iraq when thhe Bush administration learned Saddam Hussein what fopd
    was in the operation of changing the currency to gold for all Iraq’s oil.
    You just designed a big mistake, do you realize how tthe first-time you list
    your home is the top time to offer your property and when it is priced
    incorrectly you onpy placed your home about the head chopping block – yoou just hurt yourself.

  13. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get
    several e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that
    service? Thanks a lot!

  14. Admiring the persistence you put into your blog and detailed
    information you offer. It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t
    the same old rehashed material. Excellent read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  15. It is also a good idea to consider buying space-saving furniture particularly if you have smmall
    bathrooms. It has been here for hundreds of years, although the skates used have discovered newer and much
    better forms and versions in time. The first thing you’ll likely notice is
    adult RC carss often carry a higher price tag iin comparison with the childss toys.

  16. Whatever yoou are doing, don’t spend high prkces on high end baby clothes unlews caswh
    is not aan object for you. One from the conditions many women have with full figured fashions is because they are often very expensive.
    It is really a good idea for girls to own ann idea of
    the ffashion and hue of dress that they are seeking in front of time.

  17. Oh well, we’re sure it’s going to arrive in the final,
    then whe it can, it’s pronee to bring us a heat wave or too –
    and after the winter we just had, we certainly deserve it.
    These colors would give an effect to others that you like
    being given serious attention and the ones should treawt you
    with respect. Light weight semi rise Camp Walker Hi Black
    PROPET M3589B is made for the people who stay on massive move.

  18. Auctioning websites may lso be a powerful tool for reaching a substantial customer
    base. An automotive wholesaler can be a company tha either
    sells full automobiles or automobile parts wholesale.
    It is true, that stores sell existing sstock for reasonable to create room
    ffor brand spanking new stuff.

  19. Unquestionably believe that that you said. Your favourite justification appeared to
    be at the net the simplest thing to take into account of.
    I say to you, I definitely get annoyed even as people consider concerns that they just do not know about.

    You controlled to hit the nail upon the top as smartly as defined out the entire thing without
    having side effect , other people can take a signal.
    Will probably be back to get more. Thank you

  20. Excellent web site. Lots of useful information here.
    I’m sending it to a few pals ans additionally sharing in delicious.
    And certainly, thanks in your sweat!

  21. You made some really good points there. I checked on the internet for additional information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site. ceagfbfgddke

  22. Our loose clash Royale gem stones Adder takes advantage of a
    programming flaw within the sport that permits for limitless adding of free
    conflict Royale gems and Gold on clients money owed.

  23. Now that, we have satisfied you, simply click above hyperlink
    to get pleasure from all the advantages of our Clash Royale tips with a single click.

  24. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m
    having trouble locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail.
    I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing.
    Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it improve over

  25. You may boost your sport progress with Money and Gold rapidly, that’s why many individuals are
    searching for a chance to get them.

  26. There will likely be plenty of such options within the site and you really are absolve to choose,
    so it iis going to bee a good idea to select the tour.
    In high heel pumps, it is pretty challenging to balance your entire weight about the balls of one’s feet along with the fringe of the shoe.
    Wearing bad shoes could lso cause complications in a few ogher places att the same time.

  27. Über Chip Sage welcher britischen Plastischen
    Chirurgie und des Verbandes jener „BAPS British
    Association of Plastic Surgeons“ während welcher
    beiden Weltkriege darüber hinaus dieser Zwischenzeit
    in der vonseiten Wallace, „Honorary Archivist to the
    Association“ herausgegebenen Vierzigjahresfestschrift
    mit vielen Feinheiten berichtet (Wallace
    Zur gleichen Zeitintervall neben Ganzer (1879–1960)
    in Berlin erbrachte Kazanjian in Etaples nahe
    Boulogne weiterhin den Frontlinien den wichtigen
    Artikel dieser prothetischen Zahnheilkunde zu Händen
    Chip Erstbehandlung dieser Schusswunden des Gesichtes.

    Kazanjian war als Zahnchirurg Teilnehmer
    dieser „First Harvard Unit Attached to the British
    Expeditionary Force“ (Kazanjian and Converse
    1949).1920 kehrte er in Chip USA zurück, trat in
    Chip „Harvard Medical School“ ein neben wurde
    „einer der führenden Plastischen Chirurgen dieser
    Welt“ (Converse 1977).
    Jenes plastisch-chirurgische Verfahrensweise
    in Tempus der „Adoleszenz
    im Übrigen des Wachstums“ 1918–1939
    übrige wichtige Details dieser Erfindung
    des Konzeptes der Plastischen Chirurgie in den
    USA nebst aufwärts internationaler Schicht bis zum Ende
    145 4
    4.1 • Chip neue Episteme – Mann, Gillies, Converse

  28. I like the valuable information you provide in your articles.
    I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently.

    I’m quite certain I’ll learn many new stuff right here!

    Good luck for the next!

  29. Relax and take among tthe many tours from the city or nearby Como Lake or Pavia
    and Vigevano. For those really inside the fashion know, Net-a-porter
    celebrates decade in business. Once you have reliable information of shoes you like, it
    is possible to find your perfect pair.

  30. Hi there are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do you require any html coding
    expertise to make your own blog? Any help would be really appreciated!

  31. My brother suggested I might like this blog. He was entirely right.

    This post truly made my day. You cann’t imagine just how much time I had spent for this info!

  32. Wonderful blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News. Do
    you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!


  33. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a
    lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.

    I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of
    that, this is fantastic blog. A fantastic read.
    I will definitely be back.

  34. Hey There. I discovered your blog the use of msn. This is a very
    neatly written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and return to learn more of your useful info.
    Thank you for the post. I will definitely comeback.

  35. Appreciating the time and effort you put into your website and detailed
    information you offer. It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same
    out of date rehashed information. Excellent read! I’ve saved
    your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  36. If you would like to talk with one of our team members about our blogging interface please fill out the pop-up contact form and we will contact you.

  37. Howdy this is somewhat of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or
    if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog
    soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get advice
    from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

  38. Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this website.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s hard to get that
    “perfect balance” between usability and visual appeal.
    I must say that you’ve done a very good job with this.
    In addition, the blog loads very quick for me on Opera. Outstanding Blog!

  39. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your site. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Superb work!

  40. I think this is one of the most important info for me. And i am glad reading your article. But wanna remark on few general things, The web site style is ideal, the articles is really excellent D. Good job, cheers

  41. I’m really enjoying the theme design of your website. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues? A handful of my blog audience have complained about my site not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox. Do you have any solutions to help fix this problem?

  42. Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve visited this site before but after looking at many
    of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely delighted
    I found it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back often!

  43. Thanks so muc foor providin individuals with an extremely breathtking possiblity to read from here.

    It is often vrry lovely plus stuffed with a great time for me personally and my office colleagues tto search your website at least three times weekly to study the newest tips you have got.

    And lastly, I’m actually contented with your splendid concepts served byy you.
    Certain two areas iin this posting are easily the most beneficial I’ve ever had.

  44. I’ve been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or blog posts on this sort of space .
    Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this site.
    Studying this information So i’m happy to convey that I have
    an incredibly just right uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed.
    I so much indisputably will make sure to do not forget this site and provides it a look on a constant basis.

  45. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your site. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more
    pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme?

    Outstanding work!

  46. Fantastic web site. Plenty of helpful info here.
    I am sending it to several buddies ans also sharing in delicious.
    And naturally, thank you to your effort!

  47. Thank you so much for the praise for this blog site. Content is provided by Linda at COG and the website is designed by myself using a WordPress Theme and making the needed adjustments.

  48. Yes we are on Twitter! You will find the icon on the bottom of every page. Simply click the little bird and you will find us!

  49. Heⅼlo there! Do you usе Twitter? I’d like tto follow you iif that woᥙld
    ƅe ok. Ӏ’m defіnitely enjoying your blog and ⅼߋok forward to neww posts.

  50. The company needs to know when the crew arrives at the location and how long it takes them
    to get the house loaded. The moving company of Chicago
    that has their own insurance companies must be selected.
    Check the Better Business Bureau to make sure that the licenses of the companies are intact and they don’t have many complaints against their name.

  51. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this
    website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?

    Plz answer back as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to
    know where u got this from. thanks a lot

  52. Undeniably believe that that you said. Your favorite justification seemed to be at the web
    the simplest factor to consider of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed even as other folks
    think about issues that they plainly do not realize about.
    You controlled to hit the nail upon the top and also outlined out the entire thing with no
    need side-effects , other folks could take a signal.
    Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  53. Seems our stytem needed to be updated. I have been informed that the problem is fixed. Please try again.

  54. Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thank you, However I am going through problems with your RSS. I don’t understand why I am unable to join it. Is there anybody getting identical RSS problems? Anyone who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  55. Sorry to hear that the images are not loading for you. Our tech people checked it out on our end and they seem to be loading properly.

  56. Hmm is anyone else having problems with the images on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if
    it’s the blog. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Comments are closed.