I’ve cleaned off the dining room table . . .
so . . .
many . . .
Thankfully, the room as a whole has never gotten as bad as it was pre-blog, but it makes me crazy that the table collects clutter the way it does.
Anyway, as I re-decluttered in my latest webisode, I realized that I need to make two personal rules:
- NOTHING can go on that table. Unless it’s a vase of flowers or a centerpiece, it doesn’t belong there. One thing invites his friend Two, and pretty soon a clutter riot breaks out.
- I have to get the mail . . . myself. As in, other people being helpful and getting it for me . . . isn’t helpful. I’m the only one who can truly decide which things can go straight into the trash, and distribute all mail to where it goes.
That table is just such an easy target because of its right-inside-the-front-door location and the fact that we don’t eat on it daily. But because of those same two reasons, it also needs to be viewed for its potential to beautify my home overall.
Here’s where my practical side rares up. It feels rational to say, “Furniture pieces should be used!”
But this rational-sounding-excuse-for-me-to-put-things-on-it gets me in trouble and ends up defeating itself. In order for the table to be used, it has to be usable. It’s not usable if it’s being used as a dumping ground.
And yes, it happened. I got caught up in vlogging and completely forgot to take pictures. Which means that if you’re a visual person you just need to watch the webisode, which contains the before and after shots.
Check out my Decluttering page to see more of my decluttering projects and read what I’ve learned (from way too much experience) about how to declutter.
I’ll be linking this up to 52 Weeks of Organizing at Orgjunkie.com.