A couple of years ago, I did a re-do on my living room, trying to solve the problem of not enough seating.
This is how I had things to begin with.
This worked fine for me and Morgan, but with just a couch and a recliner, there wasn’t enough seating when all the kids were home. Because, apparently, they can’t sit next to each other on the couch. They can sit next to a girlfriend or boyfriend on the couch, but not each other. Don’t be ridiculous.
I did have more seating in the adjoining “kitchen den” with a loveseat (which folds out to a sleeper).
In the kitchen den, there is also a small kitchen table and chairs.
Despite this extra seating in the adjoining room, it still wasn’t working because everyone couldn’t be together in the same room.
So I rearranged the furniture and things ended up like this, with the loveseat moved in to the living room.
(That was Weston on the couch–these photos are from two years ago.)
This seemed like a good idea, but Your Honor, let me present the evidence.
Instead of seating for two (with the couch and recliner), I now had seating for three with the couch, recliner, and loveseat. Because the issue remains that my children canNOT sit on the same piece of furniture as each other at the same time. Even if it’s a couch. Much less a loveseat. (I love the above photo. It says so much about my children. Ross likes guns. Weston likes computers. And Morgan likes TV.)
Where in this scenario, one might ask, would their mother sit? On the foot of the steps. Yes, every time the kids are around, I get to sit on the foot of the steps if I want to sit in the same room with them. This issue is even bigger when my ex-husband comes around on the holidays. Then we have five people and only three places to sit–which leaves people battling for their spots. This past holiday season, I only had Weston and Morgan (along with my ex-husband) for Christmas, and Ross and Morgan (along with my ex-husband) for Thanksgiving. This meant, four people, three places to sit, and mom on the foot of the steps.
Mom is so tired of the foot of the steps!
And everybody fights over the recliner, of course. If I had all my furniture shopping life to live over, the only pieces of furniture in my house would be recliners. It’s all anybody wants. A recliner. Why do they even MAKE other furniture???
I really, really, really want everyone to be comfortable and able to sit together during family times. So, last week, I had two new recliners delivered and now my living room looks like a recliner showroom. This is a very small living room and I can’t stick another piece of furniture in here. (And can’t replace the couch with two more recliners because I have limited sleeping in this house and one of my kids is usually sleeping on the couch.)
I moved the loveseat back to the “kitchen den” where it started, and now there are three recliners and the couch in the living room. Depending on the configuration of people in the house, I might actually get to SIT DOWN!!! Because now there are four places to sit in the living room. (The couch always just counts as one spot to sit. Ask my kids.) If it was just me and all three kids, I’d get to sit down! If it was me and two kids and my ex-husband, I’d get to sit down! If it’s me and all three kids AND my ex-husband, well, you know where I’ll be.
On the foot of the steps.
I can’t solve everything.