For 10 years my living room had one configuration. The furniture all in the same position as the day it was delivered, a few days after closing on the house.
The artwork changed here and there, as it should. Some plants died.
Holiday decorations went up and down and up again.
But the furniture never moved.
This year, when I took down the Christmas tree and looked around, I was a bit uneasy. I felt cramped and maybe a bit claustrophobic.
A friend encouraged me to rearrange the furniture.
Rearrange the furniture?
I came up with about 10 excuses. I couldn’t imagine moving things around!
But something inside me stirred and I toyed with the idea.
A few weeks later I needed to clean my house and get it in tip-top shape for an appraisal (no, I’m not moving!) I started cleaning. And then I started moving things. I hadn’t even planned on doing it. It just… happened. Suddenly each piece of furniture had a new spot.
My living room suddenly felt much more open. There was more room to walk. More open wall space. More… air to breathe! I couldn’t believe how different it felt.
But I didn’t instantly fall in love. I was used to 10 years of the old way. And 10 years is a very long time in furniture years.
Four weeks later, I can boldly say that I am SO MUCH happier now. In fact, I should have arranged the furniture this way from the beginning!
My kids love it, too. And our friends.
You are probably wondering why I’m not showing before and after pictures. And while I thought about doing just that, the point of this post is less about how my house looks, and more about how my heart feels.
Why I never considered changing the furniture. Why I bristled at the suggestion. Why it took me awhile to warm up to it… and now why I’m so happy I did it.
It’s such a beautiful example of how life works. From living within the safe and familiar… to risking and trying something new.
Taking the chance that I’ll be uncomfortable. That I won’t like it. That I’ll regret it.
But you know what? Most of the time, I’m so very happy I tried. Because even if I hate the way the furniture looks, or things don’t work out the way I had hoped… I’ve usually learned something valuable in the process.
And that makes it totally worth it.
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