On Clearing The Table

At this point in my Apartment Therapy career, you might think that my place is never dirty, it's always ready for entertaining and I've got a roast in the oven (well sometimes I do). Gasp — it's not always ready! — and a main culprit is the dining room table.

The dining table tends to get stacked with magazines, mail, plants, scarves and glasses half full of water that I'm definitely going to drink later. It's a dumping ground, a catch all, it has taken the place of a landing strip.

But with the holidays approaching and entertaining looming in the future, it's time to address the table and get it cleared off so that I'm ready for decorations, for great simple table settings and for having fun. Here is the plan:

Set the Timer for 15 minutes and attack the piles: sort through trash, junk mail, catalogs I can just recycle and not read through first, and separate the important from the not so important. I don't have to do it all at once, but if I set the timer once or twice a day it'll be done quicker than if I slave away trying to finish it all at once.
Put Things Away: This is obvious, but not altogether easy. When I'm busy this just doesn't happen. So now's the time. Everything in it's place.
Wipe it Down/Oil it Up: Sponge it off, and if it's wood, and appropriate, now's the time to give the table a good oiling.
Buy flowers: I find that when there are fresh flowers in a vase on the table, it makes me want to clean up. So I use fresh flowers as a bribe to myself to get the table cleaned off and also as inspiration to make the table worthy of beautiful flowers.

How's your table doing?

Image: Laure Joliet

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