Large family organization tips part 4 the dining room

In part 4 of our series, large family organization I will show you our dining room.

When you have a large family one of the requirements that you need, besides a 15 passenger van is a large table for everyone to fit around during meal times.    This was one of those “expenses” that we bought brand new.  We had used a table that had been given to us for years and when we were able to save up and purchase our heavy duty, commercial quality items for our home a new table was one of them.  This was one of those items that I knew we would purchase once and have for the rest of our life.

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What I love about this table is that it is rustic looking, which my husband likes as well as a bit of contemporary look to it, what I like.  Plus it has natural scrapes and indentations on the wood, what my kids like.



Too many years went by, that I would freak out if someone accidentally scratched the table top.  This was something I did not have time for.  My television stand, as seen in our living room post, has similar wood qualities.  I knew that with having so many people it was bound, along with the table to get ruined one day. I didn’t want to create that sort of stress in my life.  So before we went and purchased it, I knew in my head what qualities I was looking for beforehand.


009Another quality that a large family needs when purchasing an item is heavy duty, durable.  That was a big component when figuring out what table to buy.  I knew that I would have someone standing  on it sooner or later.  Doesn’t everyone’s child stand on the table?  I needed something that wasn’t going to flip if someone stood on one edge of it.  With these sturdy thick legs, there is no chance for that to happen.

 Yes, this table passes the test for sturdy durable items for a large family.

The only thing that is left in this room is the high chair for the baby.  eventually he will upgrade to a bench seat as a toddler.


We decided to not go the traditional route of dining room chairs, but instead opt for simple benches.  I did not want to spend my days cleaning off chair rungs or picking up 12 chairs when it was time to sweep the floor.  I had my husband make 2  benches for each side of the table.  This was easier because it is hard to get into the middle of a bench seat while wearing a skirt:)  We can easily fit 3 to a bench seat.    We then have mini benches that can fit 2 people for each end.  These were very basic shaker style  benches to make.  I wanted a heavy duty sturdy bench and could not find them anywhere.  We had benches that we used for years and eventually they started to break and come apart.  I did not want to see that happen with my benches.  As with everything…. sturdy and heavy duty.

Our dining room also doubles as our school room.  It is adorned with a world map.  We have had many maps over the years, most rip and I have to replace quite often.  This large laminated map I bought at Hobby Lobby, it has held up quite well for the last few years.

We also have a marker board for doing math problems on.

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We are currently doing the 21 rules of this household by Gregg Harris

What I did was printed out each rule on a piece of cardstock and found a cute clip art photo to go with it.  We then pulled one rule out each day and discussed it and gave real life examples of how we could follow it.  Throughout the day I made sure to point out when we should have or did do that rule.  It has been a great tool to go back and reference during the day if someone was being disobedient.

Here are the rules:

1. We obey God.
2. We love, honor and pray for one another.
3. We tell the truth.
4. We consider one another’s interests ahead of our own.
5. We speak quietly and respectfully with one another.
6. We do not hurt one another with unkind words or deeds.
7. When someone needs correction, we correct him in love.
8. When someone is sorry, we forgive him.
9. When someone is sad, we comfort him.
10. When someone is happy, we rejoice with him.
11. When we have something nice to share, we share it.
12. When we have work to do, we do it without complaining.
13. We take good care of everything that God has given us.
14. We do not create unnecessary work for others.
15. When we open something, we close it.
16. When we take something out, we put it away.
17. When we turn something on, we turn it off.
18. When we make a mess, we clean it up.
19. When we do not know what to do, we ask.
20. When we go out, we act just as if we were in this house.
21. When we disobey or forget any of the 21 Rules of This House, we accept the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

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Going over these with my children daily has been wonderful.  At each meal I go through and point to all the rules that we have done and most of the children can say the rules.  Even the 2 year old joins in and will say them.

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My teeenage daughter and I had fun coloring in these clip art people.  She enjoys coloring, I do not.  I made sure to choose the ones like the light switch and such that had not much detail.  She did most of the ones with lots of coloring.

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We hung them on our walls with sticky tack.  Did you know that you can get that at the Dollar Store now??  Whenever we hang things up with masking tape at our home, it eventually falls down.  But when we use sticky tack, it rarely does.

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That covers all the 21 rules for our household.

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That was a simple room to do.  Up next the boys room

4 responses to “Large family organization tips part 4 the dining room

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  2. Love the table! I’ve never even heard of commercial quality dining tables for the home. Wherever did you find it?

    • Art Van furniture has it. Commercial quality–heavy duty, sturdy, kids can jump on it and it won’t break. Natural “worn” markings so that all the scrapes the children make do not matter. Long lasting:)

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