“Selfie-Discipline” #5: Push in Chairs

Disorganization isn’t always about excess. Often, it is about things being out of order. During the course of a day, chairs and stools get pulled out, making your space look disorderly and interfering with your ability to move about freely.

Pushing chairs in is a habit worth forming. Not only does it improve the flow in in our own homes, but it is also a way to show respect when visiting someone else’s.

In a busy space, the chairs may not be perfectly aligned at every moment. This is perfectly fine. Simply take a moment to tuck them back in at “closure intervals,” such as after a meal, before you leave the house, and/or before you go to bed. It may sound like a small thing, but once you start doing it, you will never go back.

Do you align your chairs on a regular basis?

6 thoughts on ““Selfie-Discipline” #5: Push in Chairs”

  1. OMG, I even do this out in public like restaurants and libraries! Push in your chairs, people! And this post reminds me of something my son does… it bothers him when the toilet paper is hanging below the roll. He fixes it every time. The little things out of place in your environment really do have an impact on you.

    1. I think your son got your genes, Sarah! I can totally relate. I do the same thing with hand towels. The chairs is not only a visual disturbance, but it can definitely interfere with the function of a space. I’ve become more aware of this with older adults in my life who are worried about falling or using walkers. Pushing in chairs just makes sense.

  2. I totally do this as my mom always told me when I was a kid at the dinner table to push my chair in when I was done. So, I totally push my own chair in, as well as others here, too 😉

    1. I was taught the same thing, and I taught my girls as well. However, I’m not sure this is a universal daily habit anymore. I think it is worth reviving.

  3. I am a big fan of this! I am always pushing in chairs other people don’t. I also do it in restaurants and have even found myself doing it in other people’s homes. I’m not sure that is appreciated and maybe even seems intrusive but it is an automatic habit. It’s good to start the habit with very young children.

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