Apartment Therapy Challenge: Find A New Spot

Apartment Therapy Challenge: Find A New Spot

Abby Stone
Aug 21, 2009

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Have you ever noticed that there are certain spots you gravitate to in your home and others that never get used? In our house one of the spots where we always end up is the couch nearest the front door. This fact came to our attention lately when the woman who occasionally cleans our house pointed out that the cushions on the one couch were more noticeably worn than the ones on the other. What did we want to do about it?...

Hmmm.....the two couches are exactly the same so it's not like one is more comfortable than the other. The view to the tv's just about equal and in fact, the other couch, the one we use less often, should, in theory, be the one we gravitate towards since it has better access to where we park our laptop. There didn't seem to be any rational reason for the choice but it bothered us. And then we remembered something from the first week of the Home Cure (which we'll be starting up again in a few weeks) that challenged us to sit in a part of our home that we never sit in. So, as weird as it may feel, we're going to make a conscious effort to use the other couch instead. We're hoping it gives us a whole new perspective on our home.

What about you? Notice the places in your home you always gravitate towards. Are there places in your home that never get used? Is there a way to make them more inviting by adding better lighting, putting a place to put a cup of tea or a drink within easy access or a throw to cuddle under? This weekend, see if you can make a conscious effort to use the places that you never use (it might even be a whole room!). Let your feeling of being uncomfortable guide you in thinking about what changes you want to make in this spot. Share your favorite spots, your unused spots and what you're planning in the comments!

[image by Gregory Han from Scott's Silverlake Bachelor Pad]

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