Playroom Fun

A couple months ago, our playroom was driving J and I a little crazy. It just didn’t look like we wanted it to – everything felt like it was gathering in one area of the room. Another issue was there wasn’t a clear home for the toys. If there was free space, any toy could go there. It felt like I had to decide where to put things each time we picked-up the room. Yuck.

Everything was stored against two these two walls and it was hard to use the b-ball hoop!
Almost everything was stored against two these two walls and toys could go anywhere. Didn’t bother Lil’ TJ of course!

Here were the solutions…

  • Find unused space: I used some cubbies we bought for guests and put them on an unused wall and created an area for anything with wheels. If we have guests, we can easily move things around. This also created a home for some of the toys.

    The "transportation" section.
    The “wheel” section.
  • Create more homes: I switched the basketball hoop and teal cubbies. Now the b-ball hoop is easier to use, and it’s easier for the boys to see the toys in the teal cubbies. All non-wheel toys get stored in the teal cubbies…stacking toys, puzzles that Lil’ TJ can chew on, instruments, etc. The bins of blocks get stored on one side of the hoop and other balls get stored on the other side.

    Spread out the toys and now there's more room to shoot! Also created slightly more defined homes for blocks, balls, and other toys.
    Spread out the toys and now there’s more room to shoot! Also created slightly more defined homes for blocks, balls, and other toys.

I was actually able to complete this project in one day even though I always had a kid with me. Luckily being in the playroom provided lots of distractions while I moved everything around!

I made these changes a couple months ago and the room is working pretty well for us. I feel like it’s easier to put the toys away and the room doesn’t feel as cramped. And no, the carpet is not always that clear – here’s it’s current state…not too bad 🙂

Our playroom as it currently stands - a reasonable mess!
Our playroom as it currently stands – a reasonable mess!

 


This is part of a series on how I’m organizing a new home while taking care of two kids with J, trying to start a business in a new area, and handling life in general. In an attempt to keep posts timely, I ask all readers (especially my English teacher mom) to forgive errors. I’m going for completion, not perfection.

If you want to see my ideas on how I’d like our home to come together, check out my Pinterest board: The Organizer’s Home.

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