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Old 10-17-2019, 12:58 PM
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Do you keep your dining table set all the time? Just linens and centerpieces? I have a formal dining room that we don't use everyday, but it's the first thing you see when you walk into the house. I keep a centerpiece on the table and decorate the sideboard, but that's it.


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Old 10-17-2019, 01:04 PM
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I don't put the linens on the table but do have a centerpiece.
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Old 10-17-2019, 01:05 PM
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Centerpiece only. Leaving a table set is something Iíve only seen in staged houses for sale. Frankly, it grosses me outóI donít want dishes collecting dust. And the dishes I use depend on the meal Iím serving. Do people really do this?
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Old 10-17-2019, 01:05 PM
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Haha, far from it. It's more of my dumping ground with junk mail and whatever else I carry in the door with me. It's not in the front though, and is right by the garage door where I come in. It's also not very formal.

I admire hat you always keep it neat with a centerpiece!
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Old 10-17-2019, 01:11 PM
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Well for the last 3 months my dining room table which we don't use except when company is here had placemats, a centerpiece, some school work, and a carburetor out of a 67 Corvair haha! Guess which item had nothing to do with me

DD24 and her BF flying in tonight for a friend's wedding this weekend, so now it actually looks like a nice dining room table again :-) but still no dishes on it


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Old 10-17-2019, 01:21 PM
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I go one step farther. I cover all the junk with 2 blankets. Much more comfortable for the cats!
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Old 10-17-2019, 01:36 PM
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Because we donít use it. I dust it regularly and when we do have guests, I donít even use those types of plates. Without it being set it looks empty .
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Old 10-17-2019, 01:43 PM
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No way! Ours is piled high with unfiled paperwork, mail, school stuff from my kids, Dad's art projects, etc.

My mom keeps hers set and decorated for each season. It is nice to look at
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Old 10-17-2019, 01:59 PM
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My formal dining room table will now become my every day table. New house doesnít have a formal dining room- and Iím perfectly fine with it.

I usually have a table runner and center piece for the season out on it.
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:21 PM
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Amiga - the dust... that is EXACTLY what I keep thinking when I see pictures of dining rooms.



It just seems weird to me to have dishes just sitting out. I do set the table for Thanksgiving the night before just to have one less thing to do and to make sure I have enough silverware clean and ready to go.


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Old 10-17-2019, 02:24 PM
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I didn't think anybody kept their table set. Only magazines and homes staged for showing.
We keep a tablecloth and candle sticks, no centerpiece.
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:28 PM
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My dining table is in my eat-in kitchen. I have a tablecloth on it and a stack of cloth napkins so I can grab one when I eat. I use a napkin ring and replace the napkin when it gets dirty, but thereís a weekís supply folded in a stack on the table.

The cat destroys centerpieces, so I try not to provide temptation.

Plus, I often use the table to stage the stuff I need to take with me for outings, or to do projects, so I need it to be fairly clear.
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:34 PM
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I donít have a formal dining room. We have a great room (which is a living room/kitchen together). The table in the kitchen is kept clear with just a candle in the middle.

The room that was the optional dining room is the study.

I have seen people keep their dining tables set, their reasoning is to show off their good China dishes. Something else Iíve never had.
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:37 PM
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I don't set my dining table but I have a lace tablecloth on it along with a centerpiece that I change with the season or holiday.
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:45 PM
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Every night, my older sister (who lives alone) sets her table for her breakfast as if she were royalty!! I always get a kick out of her! At my house, the dining room table is usually the folding table for laundry....not very formal most of the time.
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:58 PM
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In the fall and winter I keep my seasonal placemats and seasonal salt and pepper shakers out. I love my fall table.
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Do I keep my dining room talbe set??
Old 10-17-2019, 03:02 PM
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You jest! I have cats. They think everything on a table is there only for the moment and must be pushed to the floor as soon as they get the human's attention. Because it isn't fun unless the human is looking right at you as you do it, and bonus points if you make the human notice and hold your paw behind the item and just stare until finally you push it off as they keep saying..NO!..NO!

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Old 10-17-2019, 03:05 PM
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I didn't know that was a thing! I've never seen that done personally. I live alone and basically only sit at the table if I'm eating something like soup. I have a small dining room table that is empty most of the time, except for a seasonal centerpiece. I typically eat in my living room.
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Old 10-17-2019, 04:06 PM
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We never use it. Table is empty. Nothing on it, not one thing!
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Old 10-17-2019, 04:35 PM
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Currently? No, it's got some junk on it. Not too much.

Usually? No, I do like to keep a nice centerpiece and/or table runner

Christmas? Yes, when I decorated I take all my China out of the cabinet and pack it away. I out my Christmas dishes in cabinet and set table for 4.
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Old 10-17-2019, 05:01 PM
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We have a centerpiece only!

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Old 10-17-2019, 06:05 PM
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I have seasonal linens and a centerpiece on my table all the time. The only time I set it is when it is in use.
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Old 10-17-2019, 06:31 PM
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I have seasonal table runners and centerpiece arrangement. We only use our dining room table when we have company, which is not very often.

I have often wondered if people kept their tables set, too.
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Old 10-17-2019, 06:44 PM
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We use ours for meals, so we donít keep it set. No linens or centerpieces. Itís a small table, so I like usable space.
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Old 10-17-2019, 07:19 PM
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We have a large formal dining room. We eat in it 2-3 times a week. It is always covered with a tablecloth and a centerpiece is typically on the table too. It sometimes has a table runner if I have woven something that matches the table cloth and center piece.

Right now it has an dark orangish tablecloth with a pile of different color pumpkins that I knit. It will probably have that through Thanksgiving. We will wash the linens.

Our china is in a built in hutch. It has never made its way on to the table. We bought it 20 years ago.
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Old 10-17-2019, 10:17 PM
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I aim to have placemats and nothing else. Man, who has an office of his own in the house, seems to think the dining room table is his work space . Every night, he takes all the papers, books, pens (so many pens!) off, and then puts them back the next day.
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Old 10-18-2019, 05:55 AM
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Never! Table is always clear. I do not even care for a centerpiece on the table! To me ,they it's just another dust collector!
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Old 10-18-2019, 04:43 PM
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I only have a kitchen set - no formal dining room (we turned it into a bedroom). I keep a centerpiece and seasonal placemats when we're not using it.

I agree with Amiga - it doesn't look appetizing to me knowing it's been sitting like that.
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