31 Days to a Clutter Free Life: Day 9

31 Days to a Clutter Free LifeIt’s Day 9 of the LWSL 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life!  Today we are clearing the clutter from our dining space(s).  This is something I am diligent about because our family eats every meal at the table.  Right now we always eat at the breakfast table because Little Miss K makes a big mess at mealtimes and the floor under the breakfast table is much easier to keep clean than the old hardwood floors in our dining room.

Dining Room

My husband and I ate dinner in the dining room every night until Little Miss S started feeding herself.  I loved that we did that.  That room is completely free from distractions.  There is no view of the kitchen or family room where messes might be distracting and it is completely separate from the living room where a television might be distracting.

I so highly encourage couples to sit down at a table with no TV or other screen distractions, at least for dinner each night.  It keeps the two of you talking and connecting, which is so important even if you don’t have kids or if your kids are grown and out of the house.

Sitting down to a table for meals is also super important and beneficial for kids.  Ruth explains in today’s challenge post at Living Well Spending Less that “kids who eat more often with their parents are far more likely to earn all A’s and B’s in school, and far less likely to smoke, use drugs, become depressed, or develop eating disorders.”

We also use our breakfast table for crafts, painting, coloring, coupon clipping, even working some days, so it can easily get cluttered.  Here is what it looked like at about 9:00 this morning (this is AFTER I had already cleared the table once after breakfast).  The girls had just finished painting with water colors and cotton swabs.

Breakfast Table

This is how it typically looks.

Breakfast Table

{If you are wondering about the green water in the vase, it was an experiment S and I did to see if the flowers would turn green if we put green food color in the vase.  It didn’t work – I think the flowers had been in the water too long before we tried it.}

Sometimes switching over to mealtimes at the table can be awkward at first because everyone is so used to watching a television show or eating at different times and they don’t know what to talk about with each other.  If that sounds like you, here is a great post by The Mom Initiative offering 21 conversation starters that will work for couples and families with kids of all ages.

Do you have tips for getting your kids to open up at mealtimes?  Share below!


4 thoughts on “31 Days to a Clutter Free Life: Day 9

  1. My wi-fi hasn’t been working for a while, and I am 10 days too late coming across this challenge. But this is a brilliant idea!

    Being a working woman, there is barely any time, and my chaotic house is always clutters my mind as well. I’m definitely starting this challenge right away.

    I’m beginning to think that following your blog is one of the best things I’ve done in recent times! 🙂

    1. Thank you for such kind words, Iyshwarya. You are so sweet. I completely relate to your feelings that there isn’t enough time for everything you want/need to accomplish! As a working momma, I struggle with the same thing. 🙂 Good luck on the challenge!

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