In order for a dining room to get used, it needs to be convenient. One way to make eating in the dining room more convenient is to put the dishes, serving ware, and table linens you use most often in the dining room. But even if you only use your dining room on special occasions, this post will help you organize your dining room in a way that makes sense for the way you intend to use it.
The first thing you need to do to get any dining room organized is declutter. Take everything out of the cabinets and drawers and wipe out the inside. Clear the table so you can actually use it!
“The more things you own, the more they own you.”
Next, you need to find a home for everything you decide to keep. Designate a place for dishes, serving ware, and table linens. Try to keep things separated by purpose by using baskets or drawer organizers. It’s up to you if you want to store your every-day dishes in the dining room or your fancy dishes only used with guests or for special occasions. Since our dining room is close to the kitchen, we choose to store our fancier dishes, our table clothes and cloth napkins that we only use on special occasions, and our every-day serving utensils in the dining room.
Here is what I did in my dining room:
After I decluttered my table and cabinet, I decorated them with a few simple decorations.
I put the items that I wanted close and convenient in our dining room cabinet.
I stacked our dishes for special occasions on the middle shelves and used drawer organizers on the top shelves to keep other items hidden. (Our dining room is kind of the main hub of the house, so we keep a lot of miscellaneous items here like headphones and extra chargers.)
I folded our table cloth and placemats that don’t get used as often and put them on the bottom shelf. I used a small decorative basket to hold our most-used serving utensils.
On the other bottom shelf, I used a large basket to hold our cloth napkins that we only use on special occasions. I put another matching decorative basket on the shelf to hold our smaller serving spoons and cheese knives.
If you have a dining room, do you use it? If you do, what are some ways that you keep it organized? Share your ideas with us in the comments!