Thursday, June 3, 2010


My husband thinks it's amusing, but I enjoy rearranging furniture. Unfortunately for me, there's only so many ways my creativity sees that I can rearrange furniture. In some rooms, it seems like the task would be impossible. For example, our family room only has three walls, and the large windows on two walls prove obstacles. I wouldn't want to cover up one or more of the windows with an entertainment center, so there's really only one wall that can go on. Then with the couch and love seat size, there really aren't exactly options as to where those can be placed.

So I find my living room both nice because I can rearrange the furniture and yet challenging at the same time. I believe the arrangement we have in there right now is the fourth we've had since living in this house. But I begged my husband to "humor me" and help me rearrange the seating configurations the other day, despite his insistence that it just wouldn't look right. I don't love how it turned out, but I like it. And with some of the challenges our living room presents, each arrangement seems okay but a little off. This arrangement is fresh and new. It's almost like going somewhere I haven't been before. So I find myself more interested in grabbing a book and sitting in there now than I was when the old arrangement became a little bit stale.

But rearranging the living room (or any other rooms for that matter) isn't the only rearranging I've done. Honestly, since I started getting serious about my weight loss, I've noticed my thoughts and actions starting to rearrange themselves a bit. My habits are being altered as a result--and in positive ways. Sure, I have quite a long way to go before I'm where I want to be. Shoot, I even have a long way to go before I'm anywhere NEAR where I want to be. But instead of letting that frustrate me and keep me from acting, my rearranged thoughts have rearranged my attitudes and actions.

I have definitely made some positive progress in bettering myself, which is something I think I will be working on my entire life. But now I don't hate myself. I'm actually kind of starting to like the person I see inside and out. She's not as weak as I once believed. She's not as pathetic as I once believed. She's not a pushover. She's not worthless.

What can you rearrange in your environment to change things up a bit (or a lot) for the better?


McKnights said...

I dont rearrange my furniture often because there is no one to help me. I do however rearrange the files adn pictures on my computer quite often and then get upset when I can't find something that I know is on my computer. It is like I have a new idea for a better filing system but that doesn't last long. Is it just me being bored or what?

Debra said...

Could be. I know boredom plays a big role in my urges to move stuff around. Sometimes I put something somewhere and think that place makes sense and then can't find it later.

Carrissa Hellewell said...

I love to rearrange furniture also!! I would frequently rearrange my bedroom growing up and my mom would continually tell me that I was going to hurt my back one day. I can't help it though, it's like you said, refreshing! Rearranging your thoughts is a great way to have a better attitude about life.. I need to do a little bit of that more often!! thanks for sharing!