This is my living room. Obviously I’ve got more stuff than I have room for but unfortunately I can’t get rid of anything because either I want it or someone else wants it. Blah. Like the FREE piano who no one plays anymore but has to remain in case anyone feels like playing it. Yeah, right. Like anyone here has time for that.

(Maybe I should insert here than I had my Mammo done today after many years of avoidance so I’m in a cranky mood. Oh hell. Who am I kidding I’m almost always in a cranky mood these days.)

Anyway, I need a one day fix for my living room. It can’t be in flux when the husband comes home or he’ll be cranky too. And nobody wants that. He doesn’t like change. However if I affect it before he comes home he might get used to it pretty quickly – and that would be good. This post has the potential to be too long, so if living rooms don’t interest you I give you leave to stop reading now.


Here is the schematic or whatever you call a to scale drawing – Almost to scale drawing. I’m lazy.

















So now I have to cut out all the furniture and see if I can make it work in any other configuration. You are welcome to do the same. I’ll show you what I came up with on Friday. Hopefully.

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Mama_Abbie October 10, 2013 at 9:30 am

Looked again: furniture re-arrangement – if it fits
Swing the love seat around to face the windows and treadmill – right angles to the couch, table equidistant from couch and love seat, forming conversation area. Move exercise machine in back of love seat (also swung around 90 degrees).


Thea October 9, 2013 at 11:48 pm

The eye is driven too many places. Little stuff banished will settle the room. That orange bear has got to Go Somewhere Else.


Skye October 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I agree with Susanne. The little stuff gets in the way. I think a good furniture layout can help, but if there’s no place to easily keep the stuff out of the way (and mostly out of sight), it will still seem or get cluttered again. So make sure you include some storage: inside a cabinet, inside boxes or baskets stacked into bookshelves, whatever.

Good luck! I currently live with the Queen of Too Much Stuff and it’s crazy in that house!


Mama_Abbie October 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

(Last attempt had bad email)
Three thoughts:
De-clutter the little stuff
Window treatments – something bright to frame all of those lovely windows.
If you can possibly make it work- conversation area with sofa and love seat – at right angles or across from each other. Must admit that in the two minutes I spent looking at you diagram and pictures a solution was not apparent to me.


Mama_Abbie October 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

Three thoughts:
De-clutter the little stuff
Window treatments – something bright to frame the windows
If you can possibly find a way to make it work with everything in there – create a conversation area with the sofa and the love seat. Have to admit, I couldn’t see how to make that work in the two minutes I spent looking at your drawing and pictures.


Sue Schlabach October 9, 2013 at 9:37 am

Why does moving the furniture make husbands grumpy? I learned that mine doesn’t mind it after it’s changed, he just wants no part of the changing. So I’m in the same boat: do it all in one day and have it all in its new place by dinnertime! Good luck. I love moving furniture!!!!!!!!!!! Will play with your floorplan. xox


Susanne October 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

Hi Kate,

That’s a lot of work, and don’t you have a foot/leg injury? I know, none of my beeswax, but still, I’d hate for you to reinjure it.

I’ve looked at the photos and the sketch, and the furniture placement works fine, but is that really the issue here? Take it from one who knows — it’s the little stuff that’s clogging this living room. We live in a small place and I have a full sized sofa and loveseat, and it works until the “stuff” starts appearing, stuff that needs to be dealt with.

P.S. I love your kitchen and the colour of the cabinets. So welcoming. The yellow in the photo makes me want to cook up a storm in there.


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