Living Rooms Going Extinct & Moms Everywhere Rejoice


death of the living roomThink of the rooms in your house. What pops into your mind first? The kitchen, perhaps? Maybe the bathroom or your kid's bedroom. I bet many of you said the family room/den/great room/whatever room you and your family hang out in the most, the one with the TV and comfy couch.

Um, did anyone say living room? You know, that room other than the den, with the firmer couch (possibly wrapped in plastic) and matching wing-back chairs. Anyone? Bueller?

The National Association of Home Builders says that by 2015, what is known as the living room will be merged with another space, like the great room. I'm not surprised. Really, who needs a living room these days? Definitely not the modern mom or any kids that have chores.

Don't get me wrong. I have fond memories of my childhood living room. Brown couch (no plastic), two orange velveteen wing-back chairs, a multitude of end-tables that always needed dusting. It's where we had our Christmas tree (right in front of the huge window with yellow-lined brocade drapes), where we posed for pictures in our Easter dresses (they always itched).

But that was about it. We rarely walked in there. So infrequent, the golf course-like vacuum markings were still there a week after we did our chores. Yes, my sister and I had chores. One would dust, one would vacuum (we'd switch every week). Just imagine if we didn't have to clean that room. Extra playtime. Score! Good riddance, living room!

As for moms, once the living room is gone, think about it. She no longer has to patrol it. She no longer has to remind kids not to put their soda can on the table without a coaster. She no longer has to say no playing ball in there so Gramp's ashes aren't knocked over. She no longer has to become "Mean Mommy" when anyone steps foot in there and messes with the pillow fringe. A little less agita for Mom? Ciao, living room!

See, the slow demise of the living room is a good thing, folks. We will get used to it, I promise. Let it go ... it is for the best. RIP, living room.

Do you have a formal living room?


Image via Mr T in DC/Flickr

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TKsMo... TKsMommie

What is supposed to be our "living room" is our office.  Its much more functional that way, LOL

Ashley Strine

Yes, we do and we love it! It is so nice to have a living space with no TV for the adults to sit and chat and sip coffee or wine while the children play or watch movies in the family room. We just purchased our first home and on our list of must haves was 2 living spaces, one formal and one not. I think it would be tragic for mothers to loose the formal living room. Then there isn't a space in the house that gets to really be mom's that mom can have company in without having to pick up whatever toys or games were (inevitably) left strewn about.



EvaSa... EvaSamuel

We had orange velveteen wingbacks, too!

Water... Water_geM

the more rooms in a house the better.

yayhe... yayheadstart

I have A living room. No den. No great room.  A living room.

Marjc... Marjchaos

I hate rooms that aren't used. Id sooner have a study or library than a formal living room. But then I am not a formal person and dislike formal spaces. My mil has a living room. A big white room that nobody is allowed in. She rakes the carpet to get perfect lines after vacuuming. She only goes in it to clean. My husband says people have only sat in there maybe 4 times ever in nearly 40years. It'd be more useful completely empty.

Ashley Post

I don't undestand formal living rooms. I don't like them. There is no point in having a room that's never used.

niami... niamibunni

This house was built in 2008 and has one. It is our office and where I use the treadmill. 

sodapple sodapple

we had what we call a living room and we ate, played did everything there with the girls. our dinning room was the one never touched. lol.

beach... beachmamaof2

Apparently it depends on where you're from: living room; family room; great room; and den are all pretty interchangeable.

If you meant a "formal living room" that is saved for guest use rather than every day use perhaps you could be a bit more specific in your writing in the future.

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