Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tackle it Tuesday: The dreaded dining room table

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

This is my first Tackle it Tuesday! What better way to jump in than with the dreaded, catch-all dining room table. This mess has been a mental block for me for a while. I have been using it as my coupon (yes, I am a couponer!), cookbook software entry, and greeting card writing station for far too long. I finally got my own space in what I now call 'the studio' (formerly the nursery, sunroom, place-to-put-all-the-stuff-to-be-dealt-with-later area). It has just taken me a while to shift my projects up there.

I am at the point in my tea party planning that I want to start thinking about the table setting. It has been lacking luster the past few years, and I really want to do it up this year, what with the floral flourish theme and all. Party time is getting closer, so I need to get to work on it. But I just couldn't make my mind go there because all I saw was this chaos.

Now, I *could* have just cleared the stuff off of the table, polished it up, and voila! But I decided to tackle it a bit more thoroughly and organize this stuff while I was at it. I moved my mobile coupon station and all of the cookbooks and magazines up to my studio to be input at leisure (I would be holed up a year if I tried to glean the good recipes from all of those sources in one sitting!), put my ipod and various accessories where they belong, finished the Christmas cards (yes, I said Christmas cards - long story - company didn't actually deliver these until January, so I went back and forth on whether or not to send them late or just forego, finally decided to send them with the dubious distinction of being the last Christmas card folks got, why not?), put the kids' toys in their room, and put the box-o-diskettes by the back door so I remember to take them to donate to the school. There!

A swift dusting of the table made it shine, and I appreciated that I once again had a dining room table, where I could envision my friends gathered together for fun and companionship. Now I certainly have no reason to not plan a fabulous table setting for the Valentine's Day tea party! Oh, except maybe that I'm just not really really good at that kind of thing. I have my work cut out for me on this one!

Check out more of today's Tackles here.


Susie said...

Welcome to the tackle party! You did start with a good one. That table is gorgeous!!

littletoesandcheerios said...

Looks beautiful...and very polished! Great job.

Organizing Mommy said...

Very well done!! As an organizer, I say "hurrah" for not just shoving it aside and throwing it into boxes somewhere. You'll be glad you did it right. Welcome to the tackle party also. It really is a good time. Blessings.

Toni said...

Wow! Looks great! Your first picture looks like my desk upstairs - maybe that will be MY next tackle too! Doesn't it feel so good!!?

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Thanks for commenting on my tackle at my blog Blue Eyed Blessings. Your tackle looks amazing!

I can so relate with the table being the catch-all of places. Oftentimes, we just shove stuff to the end so we can sit down to eat. Great job on not only cleaning off the table, but putting them in places they belong.

Welcome to your first Tackle it Tuesday!