Today's Tip: Buy furniture that makes sense for your space.
Probably the greatest piece of furniture we own is a simple Ikea table that folds up. It was a brilliant find about four years ago. Not only do both sides fold down but there are six drawers in it. We have the unfortunate experience of having carpet in our dining room, but this table is super easy to vacuum around and to fold down for a more thorough vacuuming.
Before we got this, we dealt with what was a perfectly reasonable dining room table, with a leaf and four big chairs. We didn't even realize how much better the space could be used until we bought this table. With our folding chairs and our folding table, we have a lot of options in our dining room that was previously a complicated maze to navigate.
Here's what we keep in the drawers:
1. playing cards, math flash cards, and dice
2. glue, glue sticks, stapler, kids' scissors, Expo markers
3. napkins and Teddy's Cheerios book
4. and 5. placemats and a bib
6. the boys' small computer
Be clever about the furniture you buy and it will be worth it.