Tip #189: Growing family, growing furniture? Open yourself to possibilities.
Last year around Christmas, we hosted family for a festive morning at our place. We pushed furniture around to make space for people (twelve), and merriment (plenty). When our guests went home, we decided to leave things as we’d rearranged them: our tiny couch floating a bit in space, and two tables smushed together to make one. The new arrangement gave us a whole new way of seeing our space, and more importantly, living in our space. After some deliberation, we hung a tiny lamp to shed some light on dinner time. And for the past year we’ve happily dealt with too many table legs and the occasional mishap that’s inevitable when two tables making one get pulled apart from one another. (In all, we’ve had only one drinking glass casualty, which I think we can all agree is something to be proud of, considering the risk.)
But after a year of getting used to a new arrangement and dealing with a bit of funkyness, we’re gearing up to welcome a new table, this time with a typical number of legs and just one solid table top. The waiting has required patience and a bit of breath holding, but I’ve been in the mood to embrace change, and so we here are.
I’ve also been eyeing possibilities for replacing our very small couch with something that might better accommodate multiple small bottoms (or even just one bottom attached to an expanding belly with legs stretched out and feet getting a massage). Our little upholstered bench has served us well, but it doesn’t exactly allow for the type of lounging one might hope for in a couch.
I’ve always prioritized small furniture and airiness in this tiny apartment, but I’m feeling more confident lately that it might be possible to maintain a sense of space without also skimping on comfort. (Or, apparently, family members. Heh.)
So, here’s to embracing change and new possibilities. I’ll keep you posted on our growing furniture (and family).