One surprising thing about adulthood is how furniture is hard to get rid of. The hassle, money, and time involved means a piece is sticking with you for awhile. Sometimes I wish for a blank slate with these big purchases. Like many newlyweds, we started with combined belongings, gifts, and hand-me-downs. Since a blank slate (or design overhaul) isn’t in the budget, I’m sharing the goods that will stay with us forever.
If you are in transition and wondering what to invest in and what to grab from the hand-me-down pile, here are my favorites:
- A two-drawer filing cabinet has been in our house since the beginning. With great storage potential, it stands in as either my husband’s bedside table or an end table in the living room. Unlike its four-drawer counterpart, this cabinet isn’t bossy in a room. I see them all the time at Goodwill; ours is vintage.
- This soft ottoman is a purchase I have never regretted. It made its way into our living room when we kept getting jabbed by our angular coffee table. If you are looking for your own – a round shape is more flexible.
- Once a dresser is in your furniture family, it rarely leaves. A solid-wood, dove-tailed vintage dresser has stunning design and costs half the price of a new one. Good decision every time. Check every drawer before purchasing.
- Our white bookcase has held recipe books and baking canisters in the kitchen, our keys in the entry, and now baby books in the nursery. It can fit in any room in your house.
What items will you keep in your home forever?
Any things you wish you could toss but keep hanging on to?