Furniture Crisis

September 2, 2008

I’m having a furniture crisis.  Maybe I should preface this by saying that I’m grateful that I have nice furniture.  I’ve paid my dues with card tables, family rejects and a mattress on the floor, and I’m happy to be past those days.  My problem is too much furniture for my house. 

Simple, right?  Sell some or give it away.  These are the obvious solutions.  And, I’ve done some of that.  Here’s the problem.  A lot of my furniture was lovingly collected over the years from antique stores or family inheritances.  Most of the pieces are ones that I’ve lived with so long that it would be weird to not have them.  We have history.  Two pieces, a pump organ and partner’s size desk were purchased when we lived in a huge Victorian home that easily accommodated larger pieces.  About three years ago, we moved into a fairly new house.  The rooms are scaled very differently.  So now, I have too much furniture.

I loaned my oversized desk to my oldest for a while.  Last night, it came back to me.  I need the desk, but I can’t figure out how to make things look right with this rather large piece of furniture in a small room.  (Insert Heavy Sigh here). 

I think that I either need to sell the desk or get a new house with rooms of a different scale.  I’m leaning toward the house solution!  I love that desk….

Amazing, isn’t it?  How attached we can get to things.  Makes you understand why Jesus had the conversation he did with the rich young ruler when he told him to sell all he had and give it to the poor. 

Could I do that?  Could you?  For me, I hope the answer is yes.  Even though I love that desk and some of the family pieces that have meaning to me, none of them mean more than my relationship with Jesus.  So far, the Lord hasn’t spoken to me to sell all and give it to the poor.  I’d like to believe that I’d be able to if the time ever came.  I don’t think that is a lifestyle choice we are all called to make, but, if we were, would we be ready? 

Lately, I’ve started reading another blog on a daily basis.  The author, whom I’ve never met, sold all and went on the mission field to feed the hungry.  Kinda puts my furniture crisis in perspective when I read about her story.  I’d like to recommend her.  She’s new on my blog roll, Kristiapplesauce, http://kristiapplesauce.typepad.com/kristi/.  Give her a visit and tell her I sent you please! 

Oh, and if you know anyone who needs a large antique William and Mary style desk, someone who is good at furniture arrangement, or someone who wants to buy my house, send them my way. 

Luke 18:22

Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

Desk sans drawers

Desk sans drawers

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5 Responses to “Furniture Crisis”

  1. Lynn C. Says:

    Hey! That was well worth the wait! Great blog, yes, we do hang onto too much sometimes, out of habit? Familiarity? I don’t know, but I agree, we do. I need a change my own self, out with the old, in with the few pieces that would be comfortable, but I am hanging on. Great job!

  2. dlkaufman Says:

    Thanks Lynn. I appreciate your faithful reading and commenting!

  3. Linda Says:

    Well, you stepped on my toes today. I also have so much furniture that I have to store some of it at Joe’s office. These are things that belonged to my mother and grandmother. Every time I think about giving them or selling them, I can hear my mother say, “that belonged to family. Maybe the grandchildren would want them.” However, my children don’t have room for them either. What to do? Hopefully, if the Lord says to, I’ll deal with the issue.

  4. dlkaufman Says:

    Well Linda, if it makes you feel any better, I stepped on my own toes too!!!

  5. Dusty Says:

    It’s amazing how quickly we accumulate in such a short amount of time. It’s just stuff. I don’t need most of it. How I take so much for granted when so many are just hoping to get another meal. I disgust myself at times.


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