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).
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.