Note to Self

Couches with removable cushions are great for several reasons.  Easy to clean, just unzip the slip cover, throw it in the wash, let it dry and you’re back in business.  Removing the cushions allows vacuuming.  Rotate and flip regularly to keep wear and tear even, prolonging the life of the piece.  All great benefits.

But, they will become a fort, everyday, for the foreseeable future.  Benefit?

My boys play together.  {Yes, that is a diaper door.}

They make each other laugh.  And me, too.  They hide.  They climb.

And sometimes (rarely), they fall asleep in the fort.  Even though the mess drives me crazy, they have a blast, and I have fun watching them.  If you have kids, I highly recommend choosing a couch with removable, slip covered cushions, for several reasons.

My sisters and I used to make a fort out of our drop leaf dining table, so if you just bought a couch, but need a dining table, that would work well for fort building, too.  What did you or your kids use to make a fort?  I dreamed of having a canopy bed when I was a kid.  How about you?  What’s your dream furniture?  What was your dream profession as a child?  I had two.  To be an artist, and if that failed, I wanted to make architectural models, like Mike Brady.  True story.  I was a strange kid, now I’m an even stranger adult.  Ha.

11 thoughts on “Note to Self

  1. This made me laugh – my couch cushions are NEVER on the couch. They are used as forts, ramps, jumping pits, trampolines, slides… you get the picture. I’ve recently used card tables draped with blankets and the kids love to spend time under there. I loved forts too as a kid so I can’t blame them!

  2. Hey, found your blog and am loving it!

    I had to laugh at the picture though with the little guy holding the remote. Why oh why do they insist on carrying the remote everywhere with them??? My youngest (13 months) is obsessed with the remote!!! And then of course, they just drop it wherever they think to and you’re searching forever! I have found many a remote and toy in the couch cushions after an afternoon of fort-building! 🙂

    1. Jodee, isn’t it funny how much fun couch cushions are?

      Steph, remotes are always stolen! Its sad because we have to hide the theater ones because one wrong button and the whole thing will go bonkers. The remotes with lights are even better. Silly kids! 🙂

  3. Love this post! Your boys are adorable!
    I always wanted to be a teacher, but I think most educators would agree with me that it’s not just about making a difference in kids’ lives; you also have to deal with a lot of crap. So now I’m an administrative assistant and deal with a lot of crap.

  4. Ahhh – We’re all about the couch forts too. Some days I feel like we need a bigger couch or just more cushions.

    Your fourth picture is adorable with the little face peeking out.

    1. Kari, That is a fun fort! Good luck in your country music venture, too!!!

      Alison, I think Vincent would want more cushions, too. I love his little face coming out of the cushions. Cracks me up every time. 🙂

  5. Architectural models? That’s funny. I wished for a canopy bed every birthday for years, but never told anyone because I thought it would not come true. How ironic. My sister and I used to make forts out of everthing, blankets, pillows, and anything else we could fine. What fun.

  6. My sister and I used to stand the couch cushion up vertical, put a blanket over it, and pretend it was a horse with a saddle. I also didn’t stop playing dress up until I was able to drive a car. Pretty nerdy but I didn’t care…until I was 16. And sometimes I wish I never stopped caring. My sister is coming over tonight to plan my bridal shower. Maybe I will surprise her with a couch cushion fort. If I do it and end up blogging about it, I will make sure to link this blog post so you can read about our silliness. 😉

    1. Hey Lauren,

      That would be awesome! Wouldn’t it be nice if adults were as easily entertained and carefree as kids are? Bubbles, stickers and fruit roll ups would rule the world. Haha. Can’t wait to see an awesome couch fort.


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