This is a perfect example of why I always feel the need to share with friends. You might just get some well needed advice. It started off as a typical mommy complaint session. I was complaining about wanting to create a play area for my son so he doesn’t leave my living room a constant mess, but I wasn’t willing to give up the guest bedroom. I began to describe my house to my friend, who had yet to visit. And somehwhere in there I mentioned our nook upstairs and she was like why don’t you use that. At the time we just had two bookshelves and a rocking chair creating an unused reading space. I could not believe I never even considered it as a contender.
The play area took some time to finish, but the moment we moved the shelves downstairs to a nice new location and shifted his toy boxes upstairs, my living room became almost spotless instantaneously. At that point I already felt like we made a major accomplishment.
The concept for the playroom initially came from the fact that I wanted it to be gender neutral and appealing to children since I didn’t know if I would have a boy or a girl next. Well the joke was on me because I am pregnant with another boy. Once I finished the rainbow garland, utilizing different shapes that our son had learned, I realized the room kind of had a preschool feel and so I continued on that path. In trying to keep the budget low (around $100) I kept it really simple. The furniture were Christmas gifts and were not bought for the specific space hence the low budget.
In the end I was so elated that I got a twofor or maybe a threefer…I found a way to keep my livingroom from being destroyed by my wild boy. Wait, I misspoke, it sometimes still gets destroyed but there is not a massive toy clean up afterwards. I created a bright, fun, learning and playing environment for my son and finally, I didn’t lose any space. Like my mom always says, “use what you have”. Thanks Z for the idea!