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The Already Too Full House - An Essay

Updated on November 14, 2014

I have a vague idea where it all came from. I have no idea where (and how) it all goes!

Sweating out "The Stuff".
Sweating out "The Stuff". | Source

Oh, my gosh! Family and a guest are coming to stay awhile!

Please don't misunderstand.

We love company. We love having folks drop by without notice.

That's not the problem.

It seems as if we can go to anyone else's house, small or large, and there is a place we can stay overnight...or even longer. Sometimes it is even in a lovely room they call their "Guest Room."

Our problem is this: we don't have one!

Now it's not that our house is small. It's our own, or we share it with the bank. It's just that it's full!

When one of our sons said he could rent nearby, or bring three of our grandsons to join him while staying with us 10 days a month, the answer was automatic. We have a large, vaulted ceiling room we had called "The Upstairs Office." It would be theirs, not even a need to ask.

When a nephew and his best friend needed a place to stay on a visit to us and the U.S., we said, "We have room for you. Stay with us."

Now that's six extras for a third of each month, and two extra for the whole month, and we are starting with a large home which has enough rooms and bathrooms, hide-a-bed couches, closets, and all the rest.

So what's the problem?

Five of our businesses had babies. Many of the rooms in the house had become repositories for the residue of the businesses, one of which was a restaurant whose new owners only wanted a portion of the equipment and supplies and we hadn't had the yard sales we should probably have had five years ago.

The full, but unfinished. basement, which could be converted into a rentable apartment (we've talked about one) was just that, full. The idea of putting records and "The Stuff" in neat file boxes, and uniform-sized boxes, had already been done, and still we seemed to be more "storage-friendly" than "guest accomodating.."

With the impending arrival of "Son plus 3" we cleared out enough of the large, vaulted-ceiling study (which has four desks and our library) so that the four had what could pass for "The Son plus 3 Room" and sleeping space, where they could admire the 14 resident plants growing from sunshine which streams in its south-facing windows, and set up their large monitor for video games and movies, while we moved in a bureau and emptied a large, stand-alond bookshelf for their clothes and things

In four more days the "rotation out" will allow an even more thorough simplifying to make the room even more "commodious" (an appropriate dictionary word which comes right after "commode" which is something "to accommodate a chamber pot".) Fortunately one of the bathrooms is handy to "The Son plus 3 Room" so that no chamber pot has been needed.

In two and a half days the nephew and friend will arrive for their extended visit, so we have set up the former master bedroom to be "The Boys Room" and that only required carrying two single beds downstairs and moving a hide-a-bed couch upstairs for us to sleep on in an upstairs bedroom; and cleaning out a large closet and bureau so they have a place for their two suitcases of clothes and winter clothing they will need to acquire here. Their room has the sixth of our seven desks (not counting two more in my den where I am writing this.)

Now imagine our circumstances today.

We have cleared out two major rooms. "The Son plus 3 Room" had previously become little more than a storage room, a photo of which appeared in the article .

"The Boys Room" was simpler (almost) for it meant clearing out the contents of on overly full clothes closet, and a full bureau, both of which had my clothes. They had a place to go in the closet in the upstairs bedroom now containing the hide-a-bed couch. With just one small problem, that closet already held my winter clothing and more of "The Stuff."

We are simplifying.

When the dust we keep dusting finally settles, we will have made some practical decisions as to where "The Stuff" from "The Son plus 3 Room" and the upstairs closet, will go.

I suspect some will end in Africa via a local charitable group, some will disappear from yard sales on weekends having home football games, much has been and will be shredded and recycled, and I will have finally learned how to sell on ebay!

As for right now, however, there will be a sign on the door which reads "No Vacancy."


Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      "A Place for everything, and everything in its place." Ahh, if it were only true! See the latest on this subject under the topic heading "Home".

    • Kate Mc Bride profile image

      Kate McBride 5 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      It is great to be so resourceful and accomodating.I'm sure your family and guests appreciate it.Thanks for sharing this hub.

    • Amy Becherer profile image

      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Your family is extraordinarily fortunate to be connected to each other, enjoying sharing, not only generously, but with so much joy. There is nothing worse than feeling like an intrusive, but tolerated guest!

      It appears you have enough valuables to open an antique store! If I lived in your vicinity, I'd have a ball chosing what I just had to buy! I think once you get through the difficult part of the task in choosing what you want to sell, and setting up for your garage sale, you won't have any trouble watching everything quickly find a new home.

      Great read, Perspycacious, as it is so encouraging to read about families that truly enjoy spending time together.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Thank you for this interesting look into your home!