Rearrange your furniture; rearrange your life

November 1, 2011 4 Comments

Last weekend my husband and I took some time to rearrange the furniture in our living room. It was something we had talked about doing for several months. Aside from our semi-finished basement, our small living room is really our only living space. And it just hasn’t felt right for a long time.

When we moved here just over a year ago we put our couch in front of the large front window and our TV credenza opposite the couch against the only open wall in the room. Since the room is small there aren’t a whole lot of furniture arrangement options. So, this is the one we went with. However, there were several things that we didn’t like about the arrangement. One, with the couch in front of the window our backs were typically to the natural world. Everything was therefore focused on the TV, which is not how we like to live our lives. Second, with the TV against the one full wall we lost the one space to hang art and photos. Our main “decoration” became the TV. Again, not how we want to adorn our lives.

As the weather has turned cooler we were reminded of another reason we didn’t like our old furniture arrangement. The cold fall wind creeps in around the big living room window, leaving us shivering on the couch at night after the kids go to bed. This cold air provided us with the push to finally try a new arrangement.

So Saturday we set to work.

We cleared out a bookshelf that just wasn’t going to fit in the new arrangement. We heaved the couch, moved the credenza into the adjoining dining room, brought in an old coffee table to serve as a “new” TV stand. I was thrilled to be able to clean in places that hadn’t seen the light of day in over a year. Floorboards were dusted, corners swept, surfaces polished. Before we knew it everything was in place. And we got to sit back and soak it all it.

The end result?

Our living room looks Ahhh-mazing!

Seriously. Both my husband and I have been saying this to each other all week. We just love it. Our entire house feels so much better. The flow, the energy, everything just feels better.

Rearranging the furniture in our living room has helped me to fall in love with our house a little bit more.

I’ve never had any real love for this house. We’re renters, which leaves one a bit detached, and our landlords want to sell the house in the Spring, so we will be leaving here within the year. But now? I almost feel like I don’t want to leave.

I think that our daily lives are similar to furniture arrangements, if we allow them to be.

We get accustomed to doing things a certain way. Alarm goes off, push the snooze button 3 times, stumble out of bed, pour a big cup of coffee, sit down in front of the computer and check email. Come home from work, hang the keys on the hook, flop down on the couch, turn on the TV, finally get up to make something for dinner only to discover there isn’t any food in the house, run out to grab a sandwich at Subway. Pick up the kids from school, remind them to hang coats and backpacks, hand out granola bars, let them flop on the floor in front of the TV, then dinner, baths, and bedtime.

What would happen if you rearranged your routine?

What if instead of pushing the snooze button on your alarm in the morning, you get right out of bed? The truth is, it isn’t any easier to get out of bed after hitting snooze 3 times. After all, you’re battling the same inertia. In some ways it can be harder, since if you’re like me you are silently cursing yourself for staying in bed when you wanted to get up at a specified time. Is beating yourself up for hitting the snooze button a nice way to start the day?

What if you had dinner nearly ready when you get home from work? If you double a recipe made on the weekend you can simply reheat the leftovers for a quick weeknight meal.

What if you read books with your children after school while they eat a snack instead of lounging in front of the TV?

There are countless little changes you could make to your daily routine.

Some may be good, others might not be for you. Some may be easy to adapt and open up great space in your life. Others, while good, may take some time to get used to. The important thing is that you try something different, especially if parts of your life are feeling a little stuck. You might even make a change that has you feeling as good about your day as I feel about my newly rearranged living room.

What is one little change can you make in your daily routine tomorrow?

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  1. Susan says:

    So beautiful!

  2. shannon says:

    fabulous post, kelly. and your room looks SO incredible – great colors!! i so love the new energy that is freed up when we change up the routine. i will pay more attention to this in the coming days. thank you!

    • kelly says:

      Thanks so much Shannon! Change can be so great, can’t it? It feels so great to know that we can always mix things up a bit and bring in new energy.

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