The dining room tends to be a catchall room in most houses, a table for bills, crafts, and homework. This is understandable...unless you are staging your home to sell. In which case, you need to focus on staging your dining room so that it can shine, as opposed to merely storing clutter.
I recommended that this client remove the folding card table as well as the box and storage items. We swapped the light fixture out for a chandelier and added a dining set with place settings and a centerpiece. My client had the right idea with having a plant in the room (just make sure that it is well-maintained), but we opted for someting different on a plant stand in the corner. The original plant demanded too much attention. We wanted potential buyers to notice the beautiful windows in this room instead. Always accentuate the architectural strengths in a space.
Finally, I added an area rug (to tie in the wall and curtain colors) and opened the blinds. This is a big tip...you want to have as much natural light in a room as possible when showing your house to buyers. It always makes the room appear larger than it is.