Home Organization 101 – Week #9 “The Dining Room”

October 27, 2012




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Home Organization 101 will continue for 14 weeks. Each Saturday, I will post a new “space” along with pictures of my finished space and share the process of how you can organize yours. You can take as long as you need, and once you are finished organizing your space, come back here to this post and link up your blog (with pictures) to share with all of us. If you do not have a blog, you can take pictures and share them on our Facebook group page (here).   Questions, ask away… Our facebook page is the best place to ask them.  Have fun!  Now lets get organized.




The dining room is where the family should end their day… sharing how their day went, making memories!  Right?  I bet a lot of you cannot say that about YOUR dining room. It may be the “catch all” space for you.  Or you might only use it for formal occasions. My dining room is used every day. We choose to eat dinner in there. We don’t save it for fancy dinners or holidays. We get some good use out of it. So we need it to be organized and functional. I hope my tips will help you to create a functional & organized dining room for your family to enjoy.





My dining room is “technically” not finished. I need to hang these picture frames up still.



I love storage of any kind. I picked up this vintage milk crate at a local antique store.




I love my vintage aprons & the mini chalkboard tags are a cute accent to the them.



Baskets of any kind are a good organization tool for the dining room. You can keep alot of stuff in them.




My husband and I made this chalkboard out of scratch!  We used a thin board from Home Depot, painted it with chalkboard paint, mitered baseboard for the frame.  Then I spray painted the frame oil rubbed bronze. I LOVE how it turned out.  The size is 60×35″.



This dresser is perfect for all of the things we use in the dining room.  This drawer is for “napkin” related items (disposable napkins, rings, cloth napkins, hand wipes).



This is our beverage drawer. We use these items often after dinner.



This drawer contains my “summer” linens, placemats, and disposable dishes.



Table cloths go into this drawer.



We use these placemats daily.



Disposable dishes are stored in here. I use these often for “pizza” nights, kids snacks, etc.


To recap, you can create organized drawers for the following:

1. Disposable dishes

2. Napkin related items

3. Place mats

4. Table Cloths

5. Beverage drawer

6. Seasonal linens & placemats


Where did I find my things?


Mini Chalkboards – Here

Dresser – Big Lots

Vintage Water caddy – Ross

Topiaries – Store in Greenville, SC

Chalkboard – Made it ourselves 🙂

Bay Leaf wreath – Target 4 years ago

Table runner – Target

Wire basket on dresser – Hobby Lobby

Wire baskets on rolling cart & table – Home Goods

Number signs – Local store

Table – World Market

Slipcover chairs – Ikea

Subway word art sign – Home Goods

Vintage rolling cart – World Market

Picture Frames – Dryads Dancing (online)

Drying rack – World Market

Curtain panels – Ikea

Curtain rod – World Market






Organizing the dining room is a pretty basic process. If you have a hutch or buffet, you can easily create a functional space.  If you dont have one, you can use a dresser like I did. I could not find a buffet that I liked, so I purchased a bedroom dresser!  I got mine at Big Lots for $499.  You can reuse one that you already have. Paint it or keep it the same.


1.  Take a picture of your space before you begin.

2.  Clear out the space using these 4 bins (keep, donate, trash, other room).  Place the bins in another room until you are ready to re-organize.

3.  Once you have gone through everything, the room should be empty (besides the furniture).  Give it a good cleaning!  Scrub the floors, table, baseboards, buffet, etc.

4. Now you are ready to put back everything that belongs.  Categorize like items (using the examples in my dresser pictures).

5. Decorate to make it “your style”.

6. Take “after” pictures and come back here to link up!


Organizing your dining room is very rewarding.  Creating an inviting space for your family to come together every evening to share memories is definitely worth the the time and effort.




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30 comments on “Home Organization 101 – Week #9 “The Dining Room”

  1. Barbara Barnes says:

    Where is your china, crystal, silver and entertaining pieces?

    • Admin says:

      Barbara, We are “plain folk”… lol. I dont have crystal, silver, or anything fancy like that. All entertaining dishes are stored in my kitchen cabinets. We have a lot of cabinets. We dont have fancy china that we only use twice a year. We use our nice dishes every day. 🙂

  2. So lovely, I love your large dining room!

    The baskets are lovely and I adore the vintage aprons

  3. Annie says:

    Your dining room is beautiful! Ours is so small it holds only the table and chairs (new table coming next week!) but we use the shelves in the closet for placemats and hang the tablecloths in with the coats.

  4. alison says:

    Looks great! I especially LOVE that rolling cart – you must have had it for a while because it’s not on their website.

  5. Christy says:

    I love your dining room decor! You did a great job picking up vintage things to decorate! I saw rolling cart at World Market few weeks ago! I would love you show me how to shop vintage stuff for home decor!

  6. Debbie says:

    I love your style! You did a beautiful job!

  7. Bev says:

    I love what you did with your dinning room …….

  8. Morgan says:

    I love your style, what I would give to have my hardwoods running into my dining room! We don’t eat dinner there often because it has carpet…

  9. Nikki says:

    I absolutely love your dining room! How do you control the dust – my house is always so dusty, no matter what I do?!

  10. Samantha says:

    I love it! You are so great! I only have an eat in kitchen, but when we build our dream house, it will have a formal dining room. 🙂 Where did you get your hobnail bowls? I love them!!

  11. Ashley says:

    Toni, how would you describe your style and decor? So far, I am loving every single room and how you decorate. It’s what I would like for my house, but I don’t know the term to describe it, if such a term exists. Thanks!

    • Admin says:

      Its cottage style… You can pick up magazines from Target, etc… that show this type of decor. Another term would be farmhouse vintage. Im glad you like it! 🙂

  12. Holly says:

    We just added some cabinets from ikea to help organize our dinning room! You can see it at http://createbakecelebrate.blogspot.com/2012/08/create-dining-room-and-kitchen-storage.html

  13. Gia says:

    Are we no longer able to link up? I am trying but nothing is popping up that will allow me to link!


  14. kitchens says:

    I am really impressed with your writing skills and also with
    the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme
    or did you customize it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays.

    • Admin says:

      Its a paid theme which I designed and hired a developer to switch everything over for me. 🙂

  15. Theresa says:

    Is “Ross” a store or man in your life. Referring to water caddy. Love it! Great challenge.

  16. Dawn says:

    I love your dining room. What is the brand and color of your wood floors?

  17. April Hoff says:

    Holy. moly. I love your dining room so much! I love every single piece of furniture and accessory! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I am a big fan of your blog, so I was excited to see your comment! 🙂 -April Hoff

  18. Leah says:

    We have your same dining table & bench from world market except we have chairs on the other side. Don’t you just LOVE it? The rough finish is perfect, especially for a family with young children! I have three boys & I feel it has only gotten more beautiful over the years. I think your dining room is perfect exactly how it is! Light, airy & flowly! Not to stuffy or formal. Just started following your blog a few months ago & love it!

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