30 Days To Organizing Your West Cobb Home – Day 30

Organizing the content of your life based on your needs is a best practice for managing your time, resources and money and is an essential first step if you are to fully achieve your potential in life. The reasons for this are simple. An organized clear mind leads to clear and objective goals, which in turn leads to you being able to achieve what you set out to do. So organizing your West Cobb home can help you.

A critical first step then in staying organized is to set up a system of resource planning and clerical needs that allows you to plan out your time effectively, and allocate where you are going to spend it. In short this means such steps as getting a day planner so that you can plan ahead. Getting appropriate stationary systems and office space in place, and also getting yourself a filing cabinet, or at the very least some kind of filing system!

It would certainly be true to say that staying organized then is not something that lots of people do naturally! At first it can even seem slightly stifling, especially if you are used to totally going with the flow of what each day brings. In truth this is ok. It IS good to be spontaneous on occasions, but in general it is vital to plan out what you need to do in a particular time frame, because otherwise it is all to easy to simply become distracted!

All of us know this to be true if we think about it from the viewpoint of our own lives. For example, when we surf the web we find ourselves flitting between sites, and before you know it a couple of hours have past! Now, don’t get me wrong. That is one of the joys of the internet, and of life in general. But it is nevertheless a time stealer that staying focused and staying organised could have helped to negate.

So then am I saying that staying organized should mean robbing you of the juice of life? Robbing you of the spontaneity? NO! No! NO! For me the exact opposite is true. Staying organized is about finishing the day’s tasks and having crammed far more good stuff in! In short it is the exact opposite of a spoil sport!

You should know your own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to this area (clue… Staying organized means doing more of the things you like!) and communicate them to yourself regularly to analyze that your wants and needs are being met effectively. Then organize your time based on that feedback.

Keep with the program.

30 Days To Organizing Your West Cobb Home – Day 29

The Organized Tool Box

We all know that using the right tool makes any job easier. But, can you find your tools when you need them? Just one more step in organizing your West Cobb home.

Are you always digging around for the right tool? Hammers abound, but why are the flat-edge screwdrivers always missing? Wouldn’t it be great to have everything in an easy-to-find space? Here are some steps and tips to get you on your way.

Step 1: Inventory.

First, start by gathering all your tools. Make a list of the locations where you found your tools. Garage, kitchen, basement, car, truck? Lay them all out on a bedsheet or blanket. Sort them by type to get an idea of how many different kinds of tools you have.

Next, examine each tool and decide what to keep.

  • Is it a duplicate? If so, how many of this tool do I need?
  • Have I ever used it? Some tools passed down thru the family should be kept for sentimental reasons, but others that you’ve never used can surely go.
  • Is it broken? If it isn’t usable and can’t be repaired then discard it.
  • Have I replaced it with a multi-purpose tool that does the job more efficiently?
  • Does a neighbor have a better version that I usually borrow?

Toss out the broken tools, sell the good ones on eBay, get a tax break by donating to a local charitable organization, have a “yard sale for men” or help a favorite college grad begin their first tool box. Only keep the tools you are sure to use in the future.

Step 2: Make a Plan.

Using your list of locations from step 1, think about how and where you use your tools. You may decide to centralize your tools in the garage or basement. Begin sorting your tool collection into groups according to their desired location. This will help you to determine the storage space requirements for each area.

Step 3: Choose your Tool Storage System.

The internet is a great tool for finding the latest tool storage solutions. Portable tool boxes are great for on-the-go types to keep in their car or truck. Behind-the-wheel tool boxes for pickup trucks are a great way to take advantage of unused truck bed space. If you have a ton of small parts, you may consider some plastic storage cabinets with sliding drawers. Pegboards work nicely in the garage or basement workspace to keep tools handy and off the countertops. Maybe you need some new shelving to store larger-sized tools.

Step 4: Implement your new Tool Storage System.

If you’ve ordered a new tool box or some other item, then when it arrives begin to place your tools in order. Once you’ve got everything in its place, remember to always take the extra time to put items away when they are done being used. If you’ve added a pegboard, consider drawing an outline around each tool as it hangs on the pegboard to make it easier to know where to return the tool.

Get motivated—you’ll be glad you did. Once you’re organized, maybe you’ll even have space to buy some new tools!

30 Days To Organizing Your West Cobb Home – Day 28

You will free your mind to remember your daily chores by getting rid of your clutter and organizing your West Cobb home top to bottom. You need these 14 Get organized tips to solve your problem.

  1. Tell yourself that no matter what, some level of clutter with a child is going to happen.
  2. Begin with messes and clutter that you see every day. Get organize your kitchen, garage, and family room before your hallway closet.
  3. Use drawer dividers for socks, underwear, lingerie, and tiny items, to keep them separated and organized.
  4. Use this same principle to organize your silverware, with clearly defined places for every fork and knife, or drawers for ties and socks or, underwear. Think in this same way for every aspect of your home. This will save many hours of searching for things. It will dramatically cut down on the clutter of items left out “for now” or “until I find a place for it.” Develop a new mantra: everything has its place and a place for everything!
  5. Allocate everything in your house a place. This way your family will know exactly where to find it and where to put it away, when they searches for something they need.
  6. Keep items that are used frequently in places where you can reach them without stooping or bending, and store them close to the place they will be needed.
  7. Establish one defined place in your house for storing library books, and end a house-wide hunt when it is time to read or return them.
  8. Hang hooks for your keys and purse at the entry to your home, so each time you walk in, you can hang them up.
  9. Get rid of all junk drawers, or allow yourself just one that you clear out once a week or more. When you establish certain items are being used repeatedly, designate a drawer for those.
  10. Enlist a new rule: throw out one old thing for every new purchase that enters your home.
  11. Make a mental note to observe what things pile up in your house and where they cluster, and then come up with a place nearby that becomes the official home where those things will reside. For this purpose baskets, shelves, and folders will work well. Set aside one basket for you and your partner for incoming mail, bills, and receipts and letters.
  12. Never go up or down empty-handed when using stairs. Always grab some items that belong to upstairs rooms and quickly put it away while you are there.
  13. Create a number of brightly marked folders for discount coupons, invitations and directions, and other time-sensitive papers that just clutter your counters.
  14. Things you don’t need any longer:

  • Expired medications.
  • Clothes you no longer wear.
  • Extra paper or plastic grocery bags.
  • Makeup and samples you have never worn.
  • Sunscreen that’s expired or more than one year old.
  • Organize your coupons and throw out all that have expired.
  • Cookbooks you rarely use. Cut out your favorite recipes only.
  • Magazines you meant to read but have never taken the time for.
  • Stuff your crumpled plastic bags from your grocer inside a cardboard roll like a hand towel roll. Keep under your sink.

You will free your mind to remember your daily chores by getting rid of your clutter and organizing your home top to bottom. Be vigilant about cleaning about once a month and you will find it much easier to keep up, week-by-week.

30 Days To Organizing Your West Cobb Home – Day 27

If you don’t have a garage, these tips still apply to you—just move the directions here to your basement, storage shed, or wherever else you stash bigger things.  If your cars don’t live in your garage, we’re going to change that!  Get ready to take small steps and make your parking area liveable again! This is yet another step in organizing your West Cobb home.

Let’s take stock of your garage.  Are there things all over the floor?  Do you have a path picked out to the house?  Have your cars even lived inside your garage in recent memory?  If not, get ready—we’re going to wave the checkered flag on gettin’ to work!

First, we need to clean up your floors.  If they are particularly cluttered, we’ll make a way, but it will take lots of small steps.  Start by putting all garbage (trash) in a trash receptacle.  I don’t care if it doesn’t have wheels or it doesn’t have a bag— just do it!  If you’re not sure if it’s trash and don’t recognize it, put it aside and ask a member of your family.  If they can’t identify it, pitch it.

I know it sounds harsh, but you’ll thank me later.

As you’re sorting through things, you need to make a pile of “keep” and “sell.”  I recommend using old large flat sheets for this purpose—to keep things separated.  Determine what you absolutely cannot do without (and why you love them!) and get rid of the rest.  Chances are good that if the things are in your garage and you haven’t been out digging through the boxes and piles, you won’t miss what you get rid of at all.

Now that you’ve sorted, let’s talk about shelving.  If you don’t have shelves in your garage, you’re wasting valuable space.  You will be amazed at what some plywood and brackets can do to get stuff up and off the floor!  If you need to install shelving, now’s the time to determine how many and how long they should be.  Then call your local lumber store and have some wood cut for this purpose.  Plywood (at least ½” thick) will do the job.  Put brackets at least every 2 linear feet.  Then use a level and install the brackets.  For added security, put a wood screw in at the edge of the bracket and wood—this will stabilize your shelf.

Hooray!  Your shelves are up!  Now start putting things that you’ve stored on the floor up on the shelves.  I recommend an area for car-care things (oil, soap, antifreeze, etc.), one for gardening supplies, painting supplies, and another for general house-items that you use once or twice a year.

If your kids aren’t riding their bikes in and out on a daily basis, consider hanging them upside down from the garage ceiling.  Hardware stores sell large hooks that screw in to the wall or ceiling and are wonderful to hang bicycles by—simply use the hooks to catch the inside of the tire, one for the front wheel and one for the back wheel.  This will maximize your floor space considerably.  These hooks also work well if you have a fertilizer-spreader sitting on the floor—put the hooks in the wall and hang the spreader up and out of the way, especially since it’s only used a few times a year.

You can see your garage floor, good!  But how bad is the dirt-level?  Take a shop-vac (wet-dry vacuum) and empty out whatever is in the tub.  Put some bug-killer in there, preferably the powered sort.  I recommend using a powered Sevin formula—it will kill whatever is live that you might suck up and is approved for gardens.  Now that your vac is ready, section your garage in to quadrants.  Move everything away from the walls in one quadrant and start vacuuming.  Hit the edges, the concrete blocks where the walls meet the floor, etc.  Don’t forget the crevices where the concrete quadrants come together.  Once you’ve vacuumed it, spray whatever bug-killer (liquid form) you’d like at the perimeter of the quadrant.  Put things back where you had them and take a break.

When you’re ready for your next small step, attack another quadrant and repeat the steps until the whole garage has been vacuumed.  This will prevent tires from being punctured by loose nails or screws, and keep you from tracking all of outside in your home!

Okay, your garage is organized, swept out, and ready to receive its inhabitants.  Move your cars inside and enjoy the lack of frost, ice, & snow in the winter, and the lack of scalding hot steering wheel & seats in the summer!

There you go!   Think of how delightful it’ll be to have everything in your garage organized and at your fingertips!


30 Days To Organizing Your West Cobb Home – Day 26

Organizing your basement doesn’t have to be an overwhelming job.  Just follow these few simple steps and you’re on your way!  If you don’t have a basement, consider organizing your attic space so you can find what you need when you need it. This is all part of organizing your West Cobb home.

First, go through and find that which is obviously garbage and throw it away.  Don’t think twice about it—garbage is garbage, no matter how long you keep it.

Look around for a large space on the basement floor.  Put down two large flat sheets and use one sheet for stuff that you love and need to keep (i.e., Christmas decorations are a great example), one sheet is for stuff you’ve kept and haven’t used in who-knows-how-long.  Once all of the things in your basement are on those two sheets, we’ll move on.

Take all of the things on the “pitch sheet” and box them up.  Either put them out for the garbage collection, have a yard sale, or donate them to a charity.  Now go back and look at your “keep sheet.”

Your “keep sheet” should have things that are used periodically, such as Christmas decorations, or things that are used frequently but only in the basement.  For things that are used often, keep them handy (such as at a workbench) and make sure they are neatly hung up or put in drawers.  For things that are used periodically, put them in re-usable boxes or storage tubs.  Then make sure the boxes or tubs are well-labeled so you can find the things when you need them.

Now with the things that you have in boxes or tubs, you should elevate them a few inches off the basement floor, just in case of flooding.  No one ever plans for their basement to flood, but it DOES happen.  I recommend getting old pallets from a shipping company or retail store—many will just let you take them if you ask politely—or use pieces of 2 x 4 lumber to elevate your stuff.  This will prevent a certain amount of water-damage, but also permit you to treat for vermin in your basement, if appropriate.  Roaches and mice don’t like open spaces such as this—they prefer it when things are tightly against floors and walls and it’s dark.

Congratulations—your basement is now organized!   Remember, you can use these same tips to organize your garage and attic, too!

30 Days To Organizing Your West Cobb Home – Day 25

When organizing your West Cobb home, especially your home office, you’ve got a couple choices.  Write a list of all the little things that need to be done and work on them a few minutes each day, or dive straight into the deep end and do it all in one fell swoop.

If you’re sick of your entire office, box it all up like you’re moving, and set the boxes in a different room.  Then unpack one box at a time and organize from the bottom –up.  Make sure to file papers as you go along.

I like the “little at a time” approach.  My first step would be to take all the papers that are scattered about and put them into one box.  You can file these now, or clean your desktop and surrounding area further.  I like putting all the filing together, all the books together, and then working on one pile at a time.

If several folks in your home are receiving mail, you can use wall-mounted acrylic holders and just label them with each person’s name.  That takes care of the mail lying around.

A friend of mine keeps all her bills on her refrigerator with a magnet.  As soon as they come in, they go straight on the fridge.  That way, they can’t get lost underneath piles of papers.  I’ve adopted a version of this idea and it’s saved me a huge headache.  Now I don’t have a bunch of envelopes and bills lying around on my desktop, just waiting for payday (which as a realtor can be a variety of days).

Decide what your office needs and designate a spot for each item.  If you make calls from this area, you’ll need a phone, phone book, message pad and pens.

You’ll need a place for the computer and accessories, plus a spot for copy paper.

Set up the basics first, and then decide item-by-item what else you want to place in your office.  Do you have room for personal items?  Pictures can be placed on a bulletin board or hung on the wall.  You ability to focus and accomplish is affected by a messy desktop, so make it a priority to keep it decluttered.

Once you’ve set up the office and filed your paperwork, you can buy some colored folders or stickers and color-code your files to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

If you take just 15 minutes every other day to clean off your desk and surrounding work area, you’ll find your home office a much more pleasant place to work!  And your personal efficiency will skyrocket as well!

30 Days To Organizing Your West Cobb Home – Day 24

Where do you house your computer?  Does it have a room of its own along with the books in your home?  If you have a study, we’re going to head there next.  This is another reminder to take these tasks in small steps—you’ll not accomplish this in one day, even if you’re born-organized (I know)! But this is a big step in organizing your West Cobb home.

How does your desk look?  Can you see the top?  Are you convinced it even HAS a top?  If not, let’s start here.  Take one small area of your desk—to the right of your monitor, for starters.  Sort through the paperwork you have—determine what can be filed (in folders and then a filing drawer), what can be thrown away, and what you need on your desk (bills that are due).  Don’t whitewash yourself here—be honest and figure out what you can do without.  The less you have on your desk distracting you, the better you’re going to feel.  Remember—small steps here!  Now work on the area to the left of your monitor.  Leave space to be able to adjust the volume on your speakers and get to your printer.

If you don’t have a bulletin board, this might be the best opportunity to put one in to use (Target has good prices on these – usually less expensive than the office supply stores).  You don’t have to have a fancy bulletin board with ribbons—a standard corkboard with pushpins will do nicely.  If you have paperwork that you don’t want to file away (yet) or things that you need to keep in front of you for memory-jogging purposes, a bulletin board is a great addition.  On my bulletin board (really a bulletin “strip”), I have things that I don’t need cluttering up my desk, but I do want in easy reach when I need them.

Take a look at your bookshelves.  Are they organized so you can find things?  I’m not saying that it has to be by the Dewey Decimal system, but as long as you can easily find things, that’s what counts.  My shelves are categorized and sized, but that’s me.  Are your shelves dusty?  You don’t have to take everything off of them to dust them—under the books is rarely dusty.  Simply dust from the edges of the books to the edge of the shelf.  Done!

How’s the floor in this room?  Can you walk and not kill yourself?  If not, use the laundry-basket method we’ve already discussed and sort through what you’ve got, what you need, and what you don’t need.  Once you can see the floor, run the vacuum.  Again, not the edges, just where you can walk and roll your desk chair.

Finally, dust the furniture in this room.  Run your duster over quickly and pick up whatever particles spell out “help me” on flat surfaces.  You’d be shocked how quickly dust builds up where your computer is involved and how effective the fans are in your CPU!

Here’s one area completely organized!  Keep in mind that many small steps make one great journey!

30 Days To Organizing Your West Cobb Home – Day 23

I’m so proud of you—committing to organize your West Cobb home is the first step in actually doing it!  Let’s hit the Linen Closet!

If you have excess laundry to deal with, you probably have a linen closet that is less than user-friendly.  Once you have clean towels, rags, and other linens to put away, you won’t do it if your destination is less-than-appealing.

So let’s organize it!  This is the first place where you’ll have to be brutally honest with yourself about what you keep and what you get rid of.  When I say, “get rid of,” I don’t necessarily mean it ends in the trash—if it’s towels, bedding, etc., that are in bad condition, your local animal shelter would be grateful for your donation.  They always need things for the dogs and cats to lay on in their runs and crates, and your cast-offs in this area will be eagerly accepted.

Take stock of what you have for shelves.  Do you have wooden or wire shelves?  Do you have problems with things “falling through” if you have wire shelves?  If so, you don’t have to worry and go buy scrap wood to line the shelves with—a simple piece of shelf-lining (you know, that bumpy green stuff that comes in rolls) will lay nicely and prevent small things from falling through.  If necessary, put some of that down.

Now take a look and see what you’ve got in terms of extra bedding.  How many beds in your home?  You should have a minimum of 1 extra bedding-set for each bed, a maximum of 2.  Think about it before you start to write me and tell me why you need 6 sets of bedding for each bed—if you have small children who have nighttime accidents (or get the stomach flu in the middle of the night), you might have to change sheets in the morning (or the middle of the night if it’s barf!), and you’ll have some clean ones to put on.  You’ll put the dirty ones in the washer and get the machine started on that task.  Then you’ll swap things to the dryer.  You’ll still have clean sheets on the bed and if you’ve got 2 extra sets, another clean one in the linen closet.  So now with that argument won, go through your bedding.  Do you have mis-matched pieces?  If so, put them in the donation pile.  Do you have twin pieces mixed in with king pieces?  If so, separate them in to piles.  Make sure everything is folded (I’ll give you a pass on the fitted sheets—those are impossible to fold neatly!).  Now set aside one or two shelves for your bedding.  Make sure that the bedding for the queen bed is not piled up with the stuff for the crib or twin bed.  You can fold the stuff in squares or fold it in to long rectangles and then roll it.  Either way is acceptable—it just depends on how much space you’ve got.

Now we move on to towels and other things in your linen closet….

  • Take stock of your towels, washcloths, and other terrycloth things. Do you have towels that are holey or bleach-stained?  Do you have towels that aren’t very absorbent from using too much fabric softener?  Do you have towels that don’t match your current bathroom décor?  Donate them.  Keep only that which matches your décor (unless you turn it in to a rag), and only that which wouldn’t embarrass you to put out for guests when they visit.  That should pare down your towel collection to a more manageable number.  I can’t tell you an exact number that is appropriate here—that depends on how many members are in your family.  What I can suggest is 2 towels per person—one that’s currently hanging in the bathroom and one clean one that can be conscripted in to service when the current one is in the wash.  Do you have washcloths?    One for every-other day of the week would be appropriate—many people don’t use them anymore, in this age of scrubbies, poufs, and other facial cleansing methods.

Do you have a rag-pile (or kitchen-towel pile) in your linen closet?  If so, fold those and put them on a shelf that’s easy to access.  You’ll use those most frequently, so make them easy to reach and use.  Again, sort through and see what’s in reasonable condition and put the rest in the pile for the animal shelter.

What other things are in your linen closet?  Do you have table linens there?  If so, do you know what’s there?  Are they neat enough that when you need them you don’t have to go digging and put the iron on “fry it silly” to get the wrinkles out?  If any of the above is true, pull them out, wash, sort, keep only the best, and fold (or press) them quickly and put them away.

Finally, if you have other miscellaneous things (doilies – seriously?, candlesticks, etc.) in your linen closet, set a shelf aside for those things.  If you don’t have a full shelf to ascribe to them, use a shelf that’s only half-full of other items.  Again, sort through and keep only what you’re in love with—anything else can be donated to a charity-resale shop, given to siblings, or sold on eBay.  Don’t keep things “just in case” great-aunt Mildred comes by—she won’t, and if she does, she probably won’t remember what it was.  Remember, you’re organizing your home so that it’s not just a house of stuff for your family.  That’s much more important than not offending a distant relative!

Congratulations—you’ve won the battle with your linen closet.   Isn’t it such a nice feeling to open up a closet and not be in danger of the falling towel zone?

30 Days To Organizing Your West Cobb Home – Day 22

Organizing your West Cobb home, especially your entire house at once is a sure prescription for insanity.  Instead, you want to move steadily through your home, organizing in small steps as you go.  Let’s talk bathrooms.  If yours looks less than inviting, we can change that…follow me!

The first things to consider are the countertops.  Are they dirty and disorganized?  First, take everything off of one area of the counter and place it on the floor.  Spray that one area with whatever you use for bathroom cleaner and wipe it down.  Put the things you took off that area back and repeat the steps with the other areas of the countertop.  Put the things that belong in drawers away, and the things that should stay on top (soap dispenser, etc.) should be wiped down.  Don’t neglect the sink—use something that will break up toothpaste spit & soap scum and clean that baby out!

Move on to the toilet.  If you have things on the back of the toilet, take them off, put them on the floor, and clean the back of the tank.  Replace the items and hit the area where the seat lifts—it’s a great collector of hair and dust.  Lift the lid and wipe down the actual seat—you’ll be amazed at the collection of dead skin cells on it. Then clean underneath the seat as well.  Next, scrub the inside of the bowl with whatever cleaner you choose and scrub it with a long-handled toilet brush.  Flush and close the lid—this part is done!  Finally, use your rag and cleaner to hit the bottom of the tank where it bolts to the floor.  This is a prime spot for dust and hair and is often neglected.

Next is the shower or tub.  Shampoo and body wash are great things—they remove grit and oil from our bodies well.  Unfortunately, the bubbles they produce tend to collect on the sides and bottoms of the shower and when they dry, it’s a tough grime to clean.  Grab a good soap-scum cleaner for this job and be prepared to use some elbow grease.  Spray it down and let it sit for 5 minutes.  Then use a non-abrasive (i.e., non-steel-wool) scrubbing pad and go to work.  Keep scrubbing until you hit a smooth tub surface.  Rinse when you’re all done—use a large cup or bowl to splash clean water on the back of the tub and get all the grime down the drain.

Now look at the floor.  Do you have weeks or months of dust and hair there?  Use a broom or Swiffer®-type sweeper to clean it up.  Then go back with a damp mop and grab the dust that’s stuck to the floor from humidity and water.

Finally, grab your window cleaner and spray the mirrors.  Do small sections at a time or the cleaner will dry before you get to it.  Wipe it down and smile—you’re done in the bathroom! Aren’t you happy?


30 Days To Organizing Your West Cobb Home – Day 21

Does your home have a dining room? Many homebuyers in West Cobb will want a dining room before they look at a formal living room. An organized dining room adds extra comfort to a home.  If you’re like me, sometimes it’s the only organized room in the house (mine is empty)!  Let’s take a quick look around.  Do you eat in here often or is it only for guests?  If you don’t use it often, you may just have some simple organizing and dusting to do.

Are there papers on your table?  Is this table a collection spot for things you want out of your way and then forget about?  If so, take the bite out of the Law of Flat Surfaces!  Use the “laundry basket” method we talked about in the family room here:  if there are things that don’t belong in this room, put them in baskets and take those baskets to the appropriate rooms.

Do you have a china cabinet or other means of storing fine dishes?  If so, how does the cabinet look?  If it’s stuffed to the gills, start by taking a hard look at what you have, how many place settings you have, and how many you need.  If you want a guideline, take one from the line in “Sleepless in Seattle”:  “12 is too many, 8 is too few.  10 is just right.”  How many creamers, sugar bowls, and teacups do you have?  Are they collecting dust and never getting used?  Pare down and give them a quick dusting with your duster.  When you open the doors to your cabinet, do you grit your teeth and wonder what’s going to jump out and kill itself at your feet?  Consider giving your surplus to a newly-married couple that can use it, or donate it to a women’s shelter or other worthy charity.  Dust down (or use furniture polish—whatever is applicable here) the front of your cabinet.

What about your lighting source?  Dusty?  Grab your duster—hit the table, the chairs (rungs and bottom of the table, too!), and the lighting source.  You don’t have to take it down and scrub it clean—just dust it, and if necessary, shake the dead bugs from it.

As the final step, run the vacuum in here—not the edges, just the “middles” where you walk.  Move the chairs but not the table—don’t even think about pulling out the china cabinet!  If there are things behind there, they’re small and no one else is going to see them.  <wink>

Congratulations—your dining room is done!   Happily, it’s often one of the easiest rooms to keep looking nice and neat!