Saturday, July 8, 2017

Why I have 10 couches in my house

Recently it was pointed out to me that I may have a problem because there are 10 couches in my house. In my defense, I offer this explanation: It didn't happen overnight and it wasn't on purpose. 

Would you like one? 

There are 5 main reasons for this excessive couching. 

1. Space
2. Hoarding 
3. Time
4. Distractions 
5. Apathy/weakness

First of all, I have the space. My house is 4400 square feet with 3 living areas and 6 bedrooms. It seemed like a good idea at the time in 1998 to buy this house for a growing family of 4. At that point in time I think we already had at least 3 or 4 couches. We doubled our living space with this house purchase. There was so. much. space. We thought, "we'll never fill it all up..."

Secondly, hoarding tendencies are strong in my family. I was actually never a hoarder until I met my ex husband. He's a classic hoarder. We are divorced now but the kids tell me that he recently rented a storage unit for old newspapers and magazines. I think that's probably all I need to say, but really, I was a purge-cleaner before him.  After 20 years of marriage I was afraid to throw junk mail away, so I know you can see how impossible it would have been for me to get rid of an entire couch. 

So, since I've been divorced since 2011, why do I still have all these couches? I blame it on time now. I don't have the time to figure out how and where and where to get rid of them. So they sit in the rooms, taking up space. Also, I am so constantly distracted by a zillion other things.  I have so many better things to do than figure out what to do with a bunch of couches, that as we have observed, I have plenty of space for.  If I was being totally honest though, the real reason is simple apathy. If I was compelled to purge, committed to those couches taking up less space, lets face it, nothing could stop me.  They'd be gone. 

Update:  As of 2017 we only have 8 because we gave two to Goodwill, to make room for my granny's stuff when she passed. 

It's actually 5 couches and 5 loveseats