It's no secret, our house is not the largest ever, but it's one of the things I love about it. I love that it's cozy and I can pretend like I'm living in a little cottage. The size of the space brings us together as a family, in a good way! It also motivates me to find even better ways to organize and keep clutter to a minimum, and that's always a good thing!
That being said, we have two children and boy do they have a lot of STUFF! Thankfully, they each have their own room, but they rarely ever actually play in their rooms. Most of the time they play in the main living areas of the house. I try to make sure there is toy storage in each and every room of our house, but things were getting more and more crazy...toy overload...Mama going nuts!
We have a play space in our unfinished basement. I painted and spruced it up the best I could for now, and they actually love it. The thing is, it's much more appealing in the winter when there's a fire in the wood stove and it's nice and cozy. During the Summer months it's much more basement-ish feeling, so we don't go down there as often.
So, my solution to all the madness?
Turn our dining room into a playroom!
You may remember this space looking more like this:
Luckily there is plenty of room in our kitchen for our dining set, since that's where we originally had it before we added on. So, I moved everything around and created a playroom for my little munchkins.
The white cube shelf and all the baskets and bins are from Target. They were in our nursery before.
The lamp was given to me by a friend years ago. I spruced it up with brushed nickel spray paint and added a new shade from Target.
I kept the existing curtain panels up. They are nice and neutral and balance the space well.
The ottoman to the left also holds toys, and the striped blanket is always on hand for playing picnic (one of Audrey's favorite things to do!) or wrapping up to read a book.
The chalkboard table I made for them hangs out in here, and they are loving it. They play on it all the time. We use the table for more than just drawing. They have plenty of meals at this table too. I simply wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove all the chalk dust, and then it's just like any other table.
I purchased the wool rug from T.J. Maxx several years ago. It was previously in our sitting area in the kitchen. I think it kinda looks like it was chosen and purchased just for this space.
My little man loves tractors. He talks about them constantly. This one belonged to my husband when he was a kid. No playroom is complete without a few toy tractors!
Now for the second part of this post, our new dining space!
Remember our little kitchen sitting area?
Well, it is now our dining room.
Since we no longer needed the two black chairs for our sitting area, I placed them at each end of the dining table.
I painted subtle stripes on the wall to help ground the dining space so our table and chairs didn't look like they were floating around in la-la land.
I may need to get a rug to go underneath the table one day. I love that look, just now sure how hard it would be to keep clean!
So there you have it. Our Summer re-arranging with no money spending involved! Score!
Have a BLESSED day!
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