Five on Friday: My Kitchen Table

My mother once told me the kitchen was the heart of the home.  And I should make sure to get a home with a big kitchen because everyone always gathers in the kitchen.

I have found the first sentence to be true.  Too bad I didn’t follow her advice.  Our kitchen is quite small.  However, we make it work.

Our kitchen table is a small wooden table my brother gave me when I moved into my apartment.  His family was moving on to a larger table and he no longer needed it.  It was a good sturdy table for an empty apartment.

The leaf was very seldom if ever used.  It was simply a round table that sat under a framed print of Picasso’s “Bouquet of Peace” which I learned as “Hand with Flowers.”

My husband actually hung the print on the wall for me when we were dating.  Somewhere I may have a picture of the table in those days but searching for it would send me down a rabbit hole from which I might never emerge.

I honestly can’t remember when it became the kitchen table for our home here.  Perhaps from the moment I moved in here.  The seldom if ever used leaf is now a permanent fixture in the table so our family of four fits comfortably.

The Picasso print has long been passed on to a nephew (it wasn’t my husband’s style).  The table now sits under a drawing J made in the 2nd or 3 grade.

This is what our humble kitchen table looked like last night:

When I set my mini goals on Tuesday, one was to keep the kitchen table clear and eat dinner there each night.   For today’s Five on Friday (hosted by the F.A.S.T. blog, go check it out!), I thought I’d share about my struggle to keep my kitchen table clear all week.

Please forgive some of the blurrier photos, they were snapped in a hurry without the best light most days (and today’s yet another rainy day…better be seeing lots of May flowers!)

Five Views of the kitchen table:


This is how it often looks after the morning rush of making lunches and getting everyone out the door during the week. 


After I cleared it off on Tuesday.  Thought maybe a black and white copy would help with my lighting issues. 


After a mid-week grocery run on Wednesday.  I usually only go to the store on Sunday nights or Monday mornings but sometimes I forget things.  I may have been hungry when I made this grocery store run..


The start of setting the table for dinner on Wednesday evening. 


I was doing better yesterday as it looked like this after the morning lunch making rush:

One of the lilies in the bouquet did this yesterday.

I thought a cheery new table-cloth would keep me inspired to keep the table clean.  Finally, in regard to the second part of my mini goal, we have had dinner at the table all week!  Unfortunately, not always at the same time.  The carrots were a tough sell but I probably also put too many on his plate.

Now, I need to go and clear off the table from the morning lunch making rush which morphed into a “I can’t find a pencil for school” rush from the table.

Do you find it a struggle to keep your kitchen table clear of stuff?

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16 thoughts on “Five on Friday: My Kitchen Table

  1. Linda P

    I’ve enjoyed reading your post – very creative to write about your kitchen table area. We have a small kitchen and although it’s well planned there isn’t room for a table. Instead we have high stools under a part of the work counter. Our table where we have family meals is in the dining room. The area of the kitchen counter does get things dumped on it though, usually bags of shopping and as there’s a landline phone, note paper, letter rack it’s a convenient place for writing ‘to do’ lists and keeping paperwork.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. Our house is smaller so no dining room. I do recall in my parents’ home, the dining room table was the dumping ground though. Perhaps every family has a spot where things get dumped? Hope you are having a great Saturday so far…

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I found it at Target, was going to just replace a simple white one we lost and decided on a whim to go for something a bit more colorful.

    1. Jean Post author

      I love the smell of lilies as well. Easter lilies are my favorite, probably because I think they have the best scent. I haven’t noticed these cut lilies to have a very strong scent. Might have to go stick my nose in them later just to test them out.

  2. Rachel D

    Our kitchen table is in our dining room. We went from a small round table with 4 chairs to a rectangle table with 4 chairs and a bench when Jacob was just a baby as we needed room for grandparents to sit. It was an inexpensive set. Ours gets cluttered with kids stuff throughout the day. Jacob loves to sit at the table with his sports cards, or drawings, or action figures. One of my kids’ jobs is to clean off the table every night before dinner so that they can eat at the table. It also has to be cleaned off before bed so that it will be ready to go in the morning for breakfast. Now my kitchen counters are a different story. There is one area in our small kitchen that gets completely cluttered.
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    1. Jean Post author

      What a great idea to make it a job for someone to clear it off each night! Sometimes I do wish we had a dining room but our house is smaller and designed oddly, pretty sure our bedroom which we sometimes used as an extra living room before 2 kids was perhaps meant to be a dining room (it was an addition to the house long before we came along).

  3. Sharon K

    Interesting post! Our table always seem to accumulate a bunch of stuff and I seem to be forever clearing it off. I thought it would get easier as the kids got older and moved away but it still seems to attract things.

    Thanks for sharing your Five on Friday

    1. Jean Post author

      Oh no, I guess I won’t be able to blame the kitchen table clutter on my kids after all! 🙂 Actually, I know from focusing on keeping ours clear all week that the two main culprits adding to the clutter aren’t the kids. Hope you are having a great weekend!

  4. HooksandNeedles

    My dinning table gets all the clutter on it. From post to leaflets of – must read later etc. Dreadful. Shopping gets unloaded on the work tops or on top of the chest freezer in the pantry. Alas no room in the kitchen for a table. It’s long and thin with 4 door exits. It does have a 2 seat breakfast bar at one end over a radiator. That’s handy for the boys or if you’re eating alone in the house.
    I saw a funny on-line once that said – we’d eat at the table, but I’d have to clear it first. How apt!
    Have a good week. Cathy x

    1. Jean Post author

      That’s a great line! Mid-week already and my table is yet again a mess. Hope you are having a good week as well.

  5. Tricky Wolf

    What a great Five on Friday post, thank you so much for participating, I apologise for being so late getting round to everyone’s blogs, we had so much going on that I just didn’t get a chance, I hope you understand. All the Best – Tricky
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! Completely understand, super busy time of year. Hoping to join in again this week but not sure I’m going to make it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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