Guest Post by Megan
Does this look familiar? How many moms can relate to the constant state of chaos known as “The Playroom”?
We are thankful for the generosity of grandparents providing some absolutely wonderful toys for our kiddos! We really have some good stuff and it all gets played with, so purging toys is NOT an option. What we need is more organization.
So begins our playroom makeover project!
Choosing a Color Theme
We decided to visit Home Depot to check out the Behr paint and choose a color scheme. I have to say, I’ve painted 2 other rooms using Behr paint and have been very pleased.
Choosing a color scheme was difficult because we wanted to include a neutral color to make the room comfortable for our guests, however we still wanted our kids to feel like this is their space. We decided to take advantage of having two shorter walls and paint those a fun accent color. I wanted orange, but my husband wouldn’t agree to that. We compromised…isn’t that what marriage is about?
The next step to having a more functional playroom is getting organized.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with a mess like this….
The best way I’ve found to get large piles of “stuff” organized is to have bins for things that are alike. You can use plastic containers, baskets, ottomans with hidden storage, crates, etc. The main point is to have something that makes sense to your child when it’s time to clean up.
For instance, all of our dress up items go in the “dress up box”.
Potato Head parts along with the spuds have their own box
All the random action heroes and animals go in the “figurine” box
We have a dinosaur box, train box, cars box, blocks box…the list goes on and on.
Having our playroom organized makes it easier for the kids to decide what they want to play as well as how to clean up when they’re finished.
A Well Organized Room
After much work painting and organizing, here is the finished playroom!
We combined some IKEA shelving units (from the Billy bookcase line and Expedit series) to showcase our toys while keeping them organized. I love how the thinner set of shelves was perfect for our books. Can you tell we like to read?
(Here is a similar Kid’s Storage Cabinet if you do not have an IKEA)
We relocated the “guest bed” to the opposite wall in order to accommodate the IKEA shelving. (Here is a similar Play Table)
Finally, we hung some colorful wall decor.
I feel like a little paint and some better organization has made for a more inviting place to play. Of course it still becomes messy, but it has been easier to maintain.
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