Last Thursday, I complained about our couch and dreamed about buying a new one.
Then, after I pressed Publish, we went to Ikea. It seems like once we decide on something, and we know it's only going to cost us a little time shopping, very little effort, and only a little bit of our hard earned money, we wait very little before jumping on it. But, the plan, it turned out, was not to replace the couch. Instead, we replaced these two chairs:
It's kind of difficult to comfortably fall asleep in a tiny club chair*.
At the same time I was dreaming of replacing our worn out couch, I started dreaming about replacing the chairs with a little loveseat. I'm sure it comes as no surprise that the lack of function represented by these two chairs definitely rose in priority over replacing a couch because of a few nicks and scratches.
So, we went to Ikea. And we bought a couch! It's not as small as I was initially planning, but it's certainly cheap enough. A Klippan.
So, I started to clean up. 'Clean up' doesn't even really describe it. I turned my attention to our dressers. We had 5 dressers and 2 nightstands with drawers in our tiny space. They're great for hiding clutter of course. But, see the dresser in the first photo with the chairs? It was getting in the way. We had maybe two feet of space between the couch and the dresser which, in theory, one can easily maneuver around. But, it doesn't feel open and it is that feeling that I am always striving for in my house. So, solution? Get rid of the dresser.
In fact, I'm going to be able to get rid of two dressers, which will open up space to keep my two chairs in the dining room. As soon as I whisked the empty dresser out to the garage, I plumped my three new pillows and breathed a sigh of relief. It's still a little blocky, it still seems to shrink the space a bit, but at least the flow around the house is vastly improved.
* Kingsley did like to snuggle with me in the club chairs. I would turn them together and put my feet up on the seat of one. And he would happily sleep on my feet.
* The slipcover had a hole on it when we pulled it out of the package. I was so disappointed. Fortunately, the hole was at a seam, so I pulled out my sewing machine and ran it through with a nice tight stitch and plenty of backstitch to reinforce, but seriously, Ikea? Quality control is important!
* I would also love the turquoise cover, in case anyone is looking for birthday gift ideas.