Closed September 2017

Clutter Video Tip: Homework, Puzzles, and Bills: Your Kitchen Table CAN Do It All

Is your dinner table overflowing with homework, puzzles and bills? Are you telecommuting and working from home or just chin deep in homework assignments on your home furniture? If your kitchen isn’t your dream kitchen, if it doesn’t look quite like that Ikea ad, dig down deep, organize it and learn to love it again.

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Hi, I’m Lorie Marrero creator of The Clutter Diet book and on-line program, and today we’re going to talk about how you can clear off your kitchen table quickly so you can eat on it again.

I know a lot of families use their kitchen table for almost everything. Home office uses, homework, school projects, or jigsaw puzzles like you see here. And so here are three ways that you can clear that off really quickly when it’s time for dinner. First, if you are doing a jigsaw puzzle or a Social Studies diorama, or a Christmas craft project, or whatever it is, you need to start first with a project board. This is a piece of foam core board that you can get at any craft store. You could also use a piece of plywood or whatever you have, it doesn’t really matter, as long as it’s relatively light and you can pick it up easily like a tray and move this project around the house as it suits your needs.

The other thing you might want to do is create a caddie of supplies. So, this could be used for homework, or for home office bill paying needs, but having everything you need altogether in something with a handle so you can contain it easily, pick it up, and move it when it’s time to eat.

And then the other thing that we really love for modularizing all this versatility is rolling carts. So here I have a rolling file cart. I like this one, it’s made by Elfa, and it has two drawers at the bottom along with room for lots of hanging folders. And then, of course, it has wheels so you can park this, roll it somewhere else, keep it in a closet somewhere [POP] when you aren’t using it, and get it out of the way quickly. You can even park it under the table if you need to, if you have a table cloth, that can work really well too.

So if you’d like more ideas on how to have a better home office situation or a more organized kitchen, we have our book, The Clutter Diet, that’s available in any bookstore, also available at our site at

See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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