“Good morning, Bossy,” you may be saying. “And what do we have going on here?”
Well, Bossy will tell you exactly what’s going on here: it’s her living room sofa. Her living room sectional from Crate & Barrel, to be exact. It’s the first real sofa Bossy has ever owned, and it was purchased several years ago after a lot of thought. Let’s put it this way: if Bossy had put that much thought into the selection of a husband, she would right now be married to a microfiber chaise in “pottery”.
Anyway. This sofa. The first problem is a little something Bossy likes to call A Big Something: the family lap pony and her propensity to lie on sofas. All day. So the first thing Bossy did was go to Ikea and buy a cheap throw blanket the same color as her lap pony, and she spread this blanket over her living room sectional until every last inch of the smooth pottery-colored microfiber was covered—which isn’t that big a deal considering the only reason Bossy purchased the sofa was for the pottery color. That and the microfiber.
And the next problem Bossy encountered with her sofa was this:
Because as it turns out, this isn’t a living room sectional at all—it is a tiny ship set sail on a three-hour tour. A three-hour tour with snacks.
But ever so occasionally Bossy is able to remove the Ikea throw blanket from her tiny ship so that she may throw said throw blanket in the washing machine. And on such occasions, Bossy gets to stand back for two and a half seconds in order to admire her sofa, before collapsing the rear cushions onto the horizontal surface so the lap pony is unable to climb up when the throw blanket isn’t there.
And that, dear
readers reader, is what is going on in that first photo.
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy about a room in your house or a piece of furniture that is not being utilized to its full advantage due to pesky kids, or pets, or mates, or pet mates, or kiddy pesks?
And be sure to check back later today for the most underutilized furniture on the web.
And announcing the winner of the Kimberly Clark/Scott paper giveaway: Katie. Congratulations Katie!
Julianne saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:05 am
My armoire: barricaded top to prevent feline death from falling.
Amber saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:08 am
Chenille sofas. White German shepherd. Black shirts. Abandoned living room.
Rosie saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:15 am
My entire house isn’t being used to its full advantage.
EverydayRoz saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:18 am
Schnauzer claimed petite red fainting couch–don’t ask how! Ew!
Cathy D. saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:19 am
Brown microfiber Laz-y-Boy sectional is expensive Automatic Cat Hair Remover.
Marnie saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:20 am
kid + dog = 40-year-old coffee tables and 30-year-old kitchen table
Jacquie saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:20 am
Puppy buries bones between red cushions of my chaise sectional.
Beverly saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:21 am
unused comfy futon, pissing cats literally, plastic covered with tape.
Amy saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:26 am
The Italian leather sofa, which, since the twins were born, is now known as The Pee Couch. so very sad.
Gia saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:27 am
Beautiful Pottery Barn leather recliner is black lab’s favorite bed.
Debby saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:28 am
Freaking cats perch on NEW sofa back, throws are everywhere!
Amy saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:29 am
ok, I got so misty thinking about my (once) pretty sofa that I forgot about the 10 words thing…
Italian leather sofa, twins born, now The Pee Couch. Sob.
thank you for that mini therapy session.
sarah saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:39 am
Restoration Hardware dinning room table, way too formal for kids!
Hallie saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:41 am
Wiener dog uses hand tiled coffee table as jungle gym.
Miss Wisabus saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:42 am
Large “snuggler” covered by carcass of two-year-old thesis.
Black Hockey Jesus saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:44 am
Shut off that stinking Wii and get out of here.
apathy lounge saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:48 am
Laundry room. Two flat surfaces. No place to fold anything.
Smalltown Mom saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:49 am
Woe is me, the cat has claimed all horizontal surfaces.
karen L saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:50 am
1. beautiful wooden bench w/queen ann legs, fabulous antique needlepoint cover – covered with a lovely beach towel to keep kitty from sharpening her claws
2. precious footstool covered w/antique kilim rug fragment – upside down on floor to keep kitty from sharpening her claws
3. treasured handmade wooden chair with rush seat covered in a lovely tropical print beach towel to “KEEP. KITTY. FROM. SHARPENING. HER. CLAWS.”
Do we need an intervention?
junebug saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:53 am
I have not purchased my underutilized leather couch yet. Will.
Brava97 saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:56 am
Anxiety about entertaining trumps beautiful dining room set.
Jennifer saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:57 am
1300 square feet
whole house underutilized
Mindy saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 10:58 am
Entire house and contents devoted to husband’s and dog’s convenience.
Karen saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:02 am
Kid’s table, covered with kindergarten drawings, no room for eating.
HellTygr saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:02 am
Rec Room: completely wrecked, no path due to toys.
marathonmom saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:03 am
daughter sleeps on floor, sofa, my bed and not $1200 daybed I bought her because I wanted one when I was a little girl.
Rattling the Kettle saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:03 am
The master bedroom. Three-week houseguest. No lovin’. Sigh.
Jenn saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:12 am
Laundry Chute AKA Kitty Death Trap. Laundry piled outside door.
deborah saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:12 am
Second bedroom now known as ‘Kitty’s Room’
hulagirlatheart saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:17 am
My bed pillow hijacked by spoiled miniature schnauzer with attitude.
notjustbarbra saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:18 am
Antique sofa has crayon on it; sob and moan.
Gayle saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:19 am
Downstairs playroom. Monsters reside. Scare the youngest kid back upstairs.
andrea saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:21 am
Couch, cats, and claws combined with fur lead to slipcovers!
JennC saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:23 am
900 sq. foot house means no room for unused furniture!
KD @ A Bit Squirrelly saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:25 am
My furniture has removable clipcovers because my kids are YOUNG
pam saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:26 am
My bed. Tiny spot for me, big spots for thems’s!
Jeanette saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:29 am
Dinette table. Can’t blame pets this time. Too much crap!!
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:38 am
Nothing in this house, including me, is ever properly utilized.
Jamie saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:39 am
i have a love-seat. it’s covered in clean laundry always.
(i had to hyphen love-seat, so that it could be 10 words, i thought i should specify that the laundry covering the love-seat is clean. dirty laundry on the sofa all the time is yucky)
heels saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:40 am
I won’t buy a new couch because of the kid.
Jami saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:41 am
Every damned table we have has become a cat chaise.
whall saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:42 am
Dining Room table-turned-home-office gets little dinner time.
Kristin saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:42 am
Laudry room – aka everything that comes in the door must reside here for at least 2 months room.
(sorry couldn’t fit into just 10 words)
Tiffany saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:48 am
Roommate uses desk-mat (prongs up) to keep dogs off couch.
jjjdddlll saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:51 am
Totally empty sideboard in dining room. But it was free!
Kate saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:53 am
Toys, toys. . everywhere! Is this my house or the Toys-R-Us?
MommyTime saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 11:57 am
My lovely lavender office is but a junk dumping ground.
And as for your sofa: try getting one of those plastic mats with tiny spikes made to go under your desk chair so it will roll on carpet. Put it upside down on the sofa. NO ONE will be able to sit on those spikes, but at least you’ll be able to see the lovely color and clean lines of the sofa through it.
Bobbie saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 12:03 pm
Master bedroom “refuge” has become dumping ground for stashing everything.
HeyJoe saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 12:22 pm
Congratulations to Katie
Merrie saysSeptember 30, 2008 at 12:25 pm
White faux suede couches plus children equals three throw blankets.