Q. I have always had a formal dining room table and buffet in the dining room. But with a changing lifestyle, I find that we never eat on the table and it is a magnet for junk.
The buffet stores tablecloths and the like which we rarely use anymore. Is it crazy to consider getting rid of these dining room basics?
I collapsed the dining table to a square (which can be pulled out to seat 10 if needed). The likelihood of seating that many people for dinner is rare due to the lifestyle change we had--our children moving across the United States. This seating area has worked out great.
Perhaps you can make the table a pseudo desk or game table that could be called into service if necessary. Or, you could trade your table for a drop leaf that would be able to serve as a lamp table or buffet for small, casual entertaining.
Essentially, it is your home. It is necessary for you to do what meets your needs.