We tend to re-use furniture for the same purpose they were used in the previous house. Using pieces in totally different ways, can make it seem like we’ve re-decorated. So don’t’ be locked in to the old patterns. Think outside the box!
Depending on style and quality, the dresser might be used:
1. Behind a free-standing sofa as a console, with lamps and accessories, to hold linens, work supplies, etc.
2. In a guest room where you don’t see it as often.
3. As a break-front in the dining room
4. As storage in the garage.
In its place, use a storage piece that doesn’t hold such automatic memories. A TV armoire can also hold clothing, by adding shelves or bins. A bookcase, filled with handsome baskets, can serve as a functional and attractive substitute for dresser drawers. After a while, you might discover that you really love the old piece and be able to reincorporate it into your room. If all else fails, change the knobs or drawer pulls, to “make it yours,” move it to a place in the room you don’t lay eyes on it at first blink in the morning or trade with a buddy. Nancy Wesson offers seminars in Feng Shui, thriving after divorce and dispute resolution. She teaches at the University of Texas, Texas State and Austin Board of Realtors. She can be reached at email@example.com. Her Web site is www.focusonspace.com.