On the Necessity of Living Rooms

Lately I find myself questioning the necessity of a living room. We live in one of those houses that has both a living room and a family room, and I feel like such a cliché because I never use my living room.

When we moved here two years ago, I was all in a tizzy because suddenly I had to furnish a living, family, and dining room in just two weeks. In addition to packing all my belongings, I scoured Craigslist for hours to find the right set of under-priced used furniture that didn’t look like it had been used as set dressing for a serial killer biopic.

My living room is lovely. It really is. It’s got these great couches no one ever sits in, and a cozy leather armchair we inherited from Wes’s parents that I think I’ve sat on maybe a dozen times since we parked it in the corner.

As of right now, the majority of my beautifully furnished living room is dominated by a soccer goal. My son enjoys soccer, you see, hence the soccer goal.

After watching my son and his friends going wild in a ball pit at his birthday party over the weekend, I can’t help but wonder how crazy of an idea it is to turn my living room into a ball pit.

I mean, it’d be pretty great to have a place to toss the children when they get unruly. Plus, I could hide any laundry I don’t feel like doing at the bottom.

It’s brilliant! Of course, then I’d have to find a new place for the soccer goal, but that’s cool. We don’t really need a dining table, right?

4 thoughts on “On the Necessity of Living Rooms

  1. In this new house and the last house we did not have a living room as such. There is/was space which could be used as a living room but in both cases we have furnished it as an office. The house DH had when we met/married had a living room but it really was a sad empty space mostly used as a kitty playground.

    My parents still use their living room on a regular basis for entertaining but I’m pretty sure they are an oddity for doing so. Even my boss before I stopped working was

  2. In this new house and the last house we did not have a living room as such. There is/was space which could be used as a living room but in both cases we have furnished it as an office. The house DH had when we met/married had a living room but it really was a sad empty space mostly used as a kitty playground.

    My parents still use their living room on a regular basis for entertaining but I’m pretty sure they are an oddity for doing so. Even my 80-something year-old stuck in his ways home builder boss started moving away from them before I stopped working for him.

    Maybe you should sell the furniture back on Craigslist and turn it into 100% playroom (though I’m not sure about the ball pit idea – all I can think of is that scene in “The Pacifier” when Vin Diesels character has to go diving for a lost diaper).

  3. -Blanche, Don’t worry about it! I cracked up and cringed imagining pawing through a ball pit to find a lost diaper. Still, I can’t shake the idea. It’d be so much fun, I think even Wes and I would have fun playing in it!

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