31 Days To A Less Messy Nest Day 5:: Empty Tables

I’ve found the secret to making some of my rooms feel less cluttered.

I leave the tables that we use most often, EMPTY.  {I count the lazy susan as part of the table here} This is how this part of my house usually looks.  I too, cannot believe it~it looks clean!

Ever since I wrote this post about how I accessorize our coffee table I’ve been wooed by the freedom of nothing.  Nothing by choice is truly something, sometimes.  In this season of life with 3 boys, a man who eats chips and salsa and reads lots of books and magazines, a dog with a waggety coffee table height tail, homework, and laundry being folded in the family room, empty tables have proven themselves to be work horses.

This doesn’t mean my tables never have anything on them.  It means that we use them so often that I don’t want to have to move something pretty from them in order to put what I need on them.  This table is my other office and homework central.  And where I fold laundry.  Our breakfast area/kitchen table is usually clean at dinner time because of this extra table {never in my life have I been able to keep our eating table clean all day–this extra table is PRICELESS!}.

And the tables or surfaces that we don’t use as much, well, they hold a few pretties.  Having the extra table in our family room and purposely keeping it clear has definitely helped me keep a neater nest.

This post goes hand in hand with what my 31 partner in crime, Emily wrote today. “No one wants an unemployed couch to support,” was a fantastic quote, go on over and read Give Every Space a Job.


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  1. Wow. How true… I would love to have that peace as well. At least for a while. Before the holidays would be nice. My 31 days starts now!

  2. Hello. I love your blog…I get so many great ideas.

    Could you please give a detailed tutorial on how you paint your pieces. I notice alot of your furniture is painted. I have painted dining room chairs and some other pieces, but they get ugly fast. I guess its because I didn’t apply a finish to them. Now what type of finish do I apply and what type of paint do I choose? give me some ideas! Thanks.

    • nope, BUT….see that Altar’d square button on the sidebar? I just follow her instructions, she has a business selling furniture, that’s an ebook that my friend Mandie made it’s only $10 and it tells her steps and the products she uses!

  3. This is brilliant! I get so frustrated that our dining room table (the ONLY eating table we have!) is constantly full of stuff. I’m working this weekend on finding a place for the random collection of stuff on it and making an effort to keep it clean for eating. And folding laundry, of course!

  4. Lovely blog, beautiful spaces! I absolutely love the color of your family room. Do you by chance remember the brand and name? I would truly appreciate it, I’ve been searching for something similar for my kitchen and I’m struggling with making a decision!

  5. I’ve just come back from vacation and: YAY! I’m the lucky winner. How cool is that? I’m very excited! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway.

    And now I’ll have to catch up with your lovely blog!
    Thanks again!

  6. Great tip. Whenever our dining room table and island are cleared, I feel much better about the state of our house.

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