Home Organizing Challenge Week 9: The Dining Room

March 1, 2015


14 Week Organizing Challenge


Welcome to week 9 of A Bowl Full of Lemons 14 Week Organizing Challenge. This week we’re cleaning out and organizing the dining room (or area where your dining table is located). The dining room is where the family usually ends their day, sharing how their day has gone & making memories!  Right?  If you don’t use your dining room to eat family dinners, 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.

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I will be updating my dining room this spring so stay tuned for updated pictures!


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WEEK #9 CHECKLIST: (Print out the free dining room checklist HERE)


Home Organization 101 14 Week Challenge Checklist



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.


Gather 4 bins, one for each of the following.
  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Trash/Recycle
  • Other Room
  • Go through everything on the table, buffet, drawers & shelves, dividing into 4 categories. Purge as much clutter as you can.  Place the bins in another room until you are ready to re-organize.
  • Once you have gone through everything, the room should be empty (besides the furniture).  Give it a good cleaning!  Scrub the floors, table, chairs, baseboards, buffet, mirrors, windows, etc. Clean it all!
ORGANIZE: It’s time to go through everything in the “keep” category. Put the other boxes where they belong. When organizing, go through one item at a time – placing into categories (in drawers, baskets, shelves, etc).  Below are some examples of categories you can use to store things in a buffet or hutch.
  •  Disposable dishes (plates, cups, napkins, cutlery)
  •  Napkin related items (cloth napkins & napkin rings)
  •  Place mats
  •  Table Cloths
  •  Beverage drawer
  •  Seasonal linens & placemats


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Organizing Inspiration


Here are a couple blog posts that will inspire you to get your dining room organized.

1. Dining Room Organization

2. Organizing Heirlooms & Collectibles



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If you are just joining us, visit the challenge details page here, to learn what it’s all about.



Week 1: The Kitchen

Week 2: The Laundry Room

Week 3: The Pantry

Week 4: Master Bedroom

Week 5: The Office

Week 6:  Living Room

Week 7:  Bathroom

Week 8:  Toy Room



I’ll see you back next week for another organizing challenge.

3 comments on “Home Organizing Challenge Week 9: The Dining Room

  1. I love a special time to clean out the dining room! As you know, it’s often a dumping ground for STUFF that doesn’t live elsewhere. I don’t have a dining room, so I have to put all of these items in other areas of my home, but it really made me realize what I USE and NEED. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Jordan says:

    Great tips here! The dining room is also where my family plays our board games, so we tend to have a lot of stuff left on the tables on the weekend… hopefully this method will help me get through it all and get it organized!

  3. Suzanne says:

    I just love your blog! You always have so many practical organizational tips! Thank you for sharing.

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