The Bipolar of which I speak is my vision for my house.
Specifically, how much of my house
must should reflect the fact that masses of children live here?
When you walk in my house, the first room on the right is one that The Hubster has called the prayer room. Two sofas, piano and two bookshelves in there. No toys.
To the left is the dining room. Table, chairs, and side table. No toys.
The room I'm pondering is the great room. The television room. The family room. It's the biggest room downstairs, and it backs up to the playroom. I have NO trouble with toys in the playroom. That's (duh) the purpose of that room. There are shelves, cabinets, cubbies, and drawers for kid stuff. But, I have a problem with the toys migrating into the great room. I like for that room to be tidy. Well, except for the enormous pile of laundry that appears daily and makes its home on the sofa.
The Hubster, though, has no compunction about putting toys all over the room. He put a kids bookshelf in the front hall, which bugs me no flippin end. I move it out, he moves it back. He put up the little roller coaster in that room.
I struggle with the conundrum - it is the kids house after all. We do have masses of children living here, and so it makes sense that the house should be comfortable for them and reflect their presence. At the same time, I want to have a serene, tidy home. And that doesn't match up with toys all over.
Plus, we have the struggle between myself and The Hubster of the kitchen table. We had an 84" table with six chairs. It was very nice, and we have had it since we were married. It was super annoying, though, because the legs of the table and chairs are very detailed and I'd have to scrub them to get the gunk out. The leaf was inserted a long time ago, but The Hubster stood on the table once to change a bulb and the leaf dropped 1/4 inch. Not much in terms of space, but enough to collect the gunk. So, I told The Hubster that I wanted to get a new table and chairs, and he was ALL set with an idea. His boss was trying to sell his. Most of our house is furnished by these people - they like to buy new furniture like some people buy underwear. We've bought three beds, bureaus, our dining set and multiple large toys from them. Everything that they sell is not more than 2 years old and looks almost new. I agreed - it sounded like a good deal. $100.
The Hubster came home with a table that was 48", with the leaf inserted, and four chairs. 48 inches. Four chairs. Eight family members. Plus a few extra people at least twice a week. He couldn't understand why I was so upset. It's in great shape. The chairs swivel, though, and the arms bang into the table. Can you imagine what my kids do with the swiveling chairs, which are also on casters? Can you say constant banging, and chairs flying across the room? I knew you could!
So I'm looking for a new kitchen table. Something like this, but in white. I don't particularly care for the chair design, but it's better than the overstuffed vinyl chairs that we have now. I'd REALLY be thrilled with a bench for the back.
The Hubster claims that I can't have a table that big and not be happy with toys all over. It's two separate things, in my mind. Agree, disagree?