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10. Dining room. The dining room should be a relatively easy room to keep organized, as long as you don’t use your dining table as a catchall for clutter. Nevertheless, begin with a full decluttering effort to remove shopping bags, library books, toys and laptops. Follow this with a deep clean, making sure to vacuum and mop the floor and wipe down the baseboards. Use a wood polish or other appropriate cleanser on your table, and make the mirrors, windows and any other glass shine. If you’ve got a buffet, organize the drawers and corral placemats and napkins into their own spots. Make an assessment of your lighting and think about how you can enhance it to make things look more appealing. Get the seven-day plan for an organized dining roomMoreGet Organized: Are You a Piler or a Filer?Blast Decluttering Roadblocks Once and for All‘Tidying Up’ Author Marie Kondo Tells How to ‘Spark Joy’ at Home
Dining room. Whether you use your dining room constantly or wish you used it more, devoting some time to getting this space refreshed, dusted and organized is sure to inspire lively dinners. Getting started: Remove anything that belongs in another room: shopping bags waiting to be unpacked, library books that need to be returned, kids’ toys, piles of mail, laptops — whatever you’ve got. Completely clear the stuff off the dining table, floors and other surfaces. Most decor can stay (for now), but if it has a home in another room, out it goes. Get the 7-day plan
Make a plan of attack: The current state of your dining room will determine how much time you’ll need to tackle each part of this plan — read over the whole plan first and then decide where to focus your efforts. If, for example, you have little clutter but a huge collection of tarnished silver you really want to get clean, you may want to start right in on the cleaning on Day 1. No matter what you focus on, it helps to get started on a weekend, when you can knock out the biggest tasks while your energy and motivation are high. Then finish up during smaller pockets of time during the week.
4. Try a more formal window treatment. Traditional spaces have a longstanding love affair with fancy window treatments of all types. So instead of hanging up basic matchstick blinds or curtains and calling it a day, try something a little different — valances, pelmets, balloon shades and Roman shades are the darlings of the traditional crowd.