A lot of clients have trouble keeping their dining rooms tidy. They seem to accumulate items the way that studies do. A disorganised dining room is usually symptomatic of a blockage in the home.
For example, if children's homework or paperwork settle in the dining zone, then it is likely that there is no appropriate system in the study (or even a paperwork 'solution' in houses without a study). On the otherhand, if clothing and linen sit on dining tables ad nauseum then it is likely the linen cupboards and bedrooms are disorganised.
In this case, the client's wife struggled with some personal issues which lead to a lot of clutter being accumulated and a good portion of the items pictured were unused.
Our goal for this room was to remove all the rubbish, unused goods and to get it useable. We knew it was unlikely to be used frequently (there was another dining area in the house) but we aimed to clear it out to be kept neat and 'formal'.
The storage items you can see to the right on the floor had been earmarked as christmas gifts for friends and family. The clients wife was going to wrap and gift these items shortly after we completed the work in this home.
A lot of the items that were removed from this room were donated or discarded. A good portion were moved to other rooms in the home, but due to the sheer amount of items it was not possible to keep it all.