Collateral Damage {Why We Refuse to Buy New Furniture}

My family and I have lived in our current home for about two years now. I love our home. It is beautiful! There are very few things about our home that we plan to change because we love it so much. When we moved into our home, our furniture consisted of two cribs, a twin, queen, and full sized mattress / boxspring / bed frame combo, and a whole lotta hand-me-down furniture. Thanks to a family estate sale, the girls each have a proper twin bed WITH a headboard and footboard, a shared dresser and chest of drawers, and a separate piece of furniture to store the baby’s clothes in. We replaced a broken rocker, and my husband and I bought our first bed / mattress since we’ve been married (9 years y’all).

That’s it. 

ALL the rest of our furniture has either been with us since college or was second-hand. And we don’t plan on changing that anytime soon.

“Why?” you ask? #becausekids

Our kids are ROUGH. Super rough. Destructively rough. And there is NO POINT in purchasing anything new that will be messed up in a week. We like to write incidents of major destruction in our kids’ baby books so we can look back and laugh at some of the things they have broken.

Would you invest in furniture if your kids:

— inflicted stab wounds in the couch

— stained upholstery

— rubbed silly putty into a rug

— peed on carpet

— left an occasional stray turd lurking around

— broke 3 window panes using a Duplo block, a golf ball hit with a tennis racket at close range, and an air purifier knocked through window

— broke bifold doors

— pulled off two drawer fronts

— smashed holes into multiple walls

— locked themselves in a bedroom / bathroom forcing you to kick down the door and damage the doorframe

— left sticker residue on the table / floors / walls

— stained the wall with their Santa stamp

— sprayed the outdoor tv with a hose

— broke two spindles off of a dining chair

I think not. 

We are really good at patching drywall, wood-gluing and clamping, small cosmetic repairs, window pane replacement, stain removal, and sticky residue removal. But these solutions only go so far.

So we have made the conscious decision to not buy new furniture for our living areas until the youngest is 5 … ok maybe 4 1/2. 

Drop a pic of your favorite mishap in the comments!

Sarah Keating
Sarah is a 30-something mom of four children under six and wife to her high-school sweetheart. She returned to Acadiana two years ago following her husband’s completion of medical school and residency in Shreveport. After the move, Sarah switched gears from full-time pediatric speech-language pathologist and working mom to full-time stay-at-home mom to her brood. Her current hobbies include “speech-therapizing” her children, re-reading the Outlander series, catching up on her Netflix queue after the kids go to bed, completing XHIT videos at naptime, and taking her medication every morning. She loves and respects the sacredness of motherhood, but sometimes you just have to let go and laugh it out. Motherhood has been the most humbling, and empowering journey she has experienced.


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