Home Organization 101 – Week 9 “The Dining Room” (Season 3)

July 27, 2013

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Welcome to week 9 of Home Organization 101 (Season 3). This week, we are cleaning out and organizing the dining room (or area where your dining table is located). Is your dining room in need of an organizing overhaul? I hope the challenge is going well for you. A well organized home brings a calm atmosphere for the family. Good luck this week!!!



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.






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.




6 comments on “Home Organization 101 – Week 9 “The Dining Room” (Season 3)

  1. Kristin says:

    I love that you use your dining room daily. We try to do the same even though it’s just my hubby and I. Our house is very open and casual so I figure why save this room for formal occasions? It’s really not formal at all.
    I love your affinity for chalkboards and baskets- we have this in common! 🙂

  2. Rose D. Frenchtown, NJ says:

    Love this…Now I’m off to clean my dining room!! Happy Weekending!

  3. Lee says:

    I love your dining room and your organisation skills. My cupboards are full of my mothers things since she passed away last year and are in desperate need of de-cluttering and organizing. You have definitely inspired me and I think I will start by tackling one cupboard a day over the next week. Maybe breaking it down won’t seem so overwhelming. On top of that I am renovating a room to create a lovely guest room, so this week is going to have me very busy.

    Thank you for your post, it really has made me realise I have to get sorted out.


  4. We don’t eat in our dining room, but my son does his homework at the dining room table, and I like to use that table to do jigsaw puzzles. The table has a tendency to collect EVERYTHING in the house. Any time I’m holding something and don’t know where to put it, it goes on that table. I really need to stop doing that.

  5. CJ says:

    I just stumbled upon this post from Pinterest and have gotten so many ideas. I have a hutch which is full of my grandmother’s old dishes, but the bottom part is drawers and I never knew what to do with them. The display area was easy for me. I am off to create similar drawer space as you have. Thanks so much for the ideas. I have had this hutch for nearly 5 years and not nearly been using it to its best potential. Thanks again. Love this series. I’m going to be working through all 14 of them.

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