We recently got rid of our four counter bar stools. Not because I didn’t like them. At the time, I actually loved the convenience of our barstools. The only reason I initially got rid of them was because in a few months we will be moving to a different house where there won’t be a bar stool counter.
I thought I would hate life without bar stools. But to my surprise, I actually LOVE it. After this trial period without barstools, I probably wouldn’t use them again even if I could!
So here are 5 reasons I am SO happy we ditched the bar stools, that are completely different from the ACTUAL reason we got rid of them in the first place:
We actually sit down together and eat as a family.
Who knew that having bar stools equated to hover-eating for the adults in the family? Well, apparently it did.
Ever since we got rid of the bar stools it has forced us to…wait for it…actually eat together as a family.
I know. Crazy, huh?
We even eat…BREAKFAST together nowadays! It’s amazing!
Frees up more space in our kitchen / dining area.
This might be pretty obvious to most, but for me it took actually getting rid of the darn barstools to notice how much space they took up in our rather small house. Even with them tucked under the counter, they still cluttered the space up and stuck out more than I liked.
Now with them gone, they dining space looks almost twice as big!
We use the dining space more.
Similar to how we’re now actually eating together as a family, we also use our dining space more in general.
The way our house is laid out, the dining room side of the house has a small nook area adjacent to it that I could never figure out what to do with. (Well, I still can’t really figure out what to do with that space, but at least it’s getting used more!)
I finally stuck a Closet Maid Cube Organizer over there for toy storage and turned it into a toy corner for the boys, but with us rarely using the dining area, the boys rarely used those toys! It used to feel like wasted space.
Now since we have no where else to sit, we use the dining room table for everything! We do homework over there, eat all our meals over there, and I work over there! (I know, novel idea, right?).
And now that the dining room is getting so much more love these days, so is that lonely toy corner.
For some reason, by not using bar stools it forces me to take the time to prepare food verses serving on demand.
I’m not sure why physically bringing food to the table versus serving it across the counter brings about such a change in food preparation…but it just does.
Without my bar stools, now that we are eating every meal at the dining room table, and in order to eliminate several back and forth trips to the kitchen, I have to go to a little more effort to ensure that meals are completely prepared before sitting down. This, in turn, allows me to actually fully prepare a meal, instead of serving food on demand restaurant-style. In a lot of ways bar stools provided a “lazy way out” for me. Now I don’t have the option, but to my surprise, I actually like it a lot more!
Yes, my bar stools were very convenient. And yes, they provided us with more seating. I can’t argue that. But overall, eliminating the bar stools has forced me to become more intentional in several areas of my life – everything from how we use our space to regularly eating together as a family.
If I would have known all the good that would come from simply getting rid of some bar stools, I would have done it years ago…or maybe I never would have gotten them in the first place!
And can I just say, wow…I can’t believe I wrote an entire post on bar stools.
Have you ever had a lightbulb moment, like my bar stool moment, when it came to your house? What was it for you?
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