Week three of my organizing frenzy is finally here. If you’ll remember, week one I went crazy with my hall closet switching out my pull out drawers for a spice rack to organize my medicines. Week two I went nuts organizing our small kitchen pantry exchanging the spice rack for jelly jars and adding a snack bin. And today, we finally get to the playroom. For some reason I decided to tackle all of these rooms at once which was both crazy but beneficial as I was able to switch organizing tools not working in one room with other organization tools in another room to create a much better fit. So without further ado, let’s get onto the playroom.
If you will recall, last fall I shared how we transformed our sun room into a playroom–one of our first stages in making the transition for homeschooling.
|Sun Room Before|
|How the play room looked last fall with Peanut enjoying her breakfast.|
While it had the beginnings of enjoyment there was a lot more I wanted to do before complete satisfaction. For instance…
1. The tile floor was very cold to play on, especially for my little Teacup.
2. The books, placed on end, kept creating a mess as Peanut found it hard to put the books back or find the books she wanted to “read.”
3. I needed to add labels, for my own sanity if no one else’s.
4. We needed a place to display Peanut’s artwork.
I set out to see what we could do to remedy these issues. The result is what you see below. We now thoroughly enjoy playing in here every day. In fact this is quickly becoming more of hangout room for the entire family than the family room.
|The finished playroom with Teacup showing off.|
|Teacup demonstrating the warm alphabet foam floor mat.|
|Book baskets found at the Dollar Tree|
|Our book baskets complete with category labels.|
This has quickly become Peanut’s favorite area to hang out. She loves being able to easily find any book she is looking for, read it, and put it back on her own. For the first few days after the book baskets were in place this is all Peanut would do. We didn’t even touch the rest of her toys. Needless to say I can’t wait until she can really read by herself. She’s going to fly!
|Protein containers for storage w/ ribbon handles.|
|Toy baskets with added labels.|
|The labels have a description with a photo background of the item to be included for easy recognition.|
|The labels are adhered with clear zip ties.|
|Teacup staring at our art paper drawers.|
|Clothes pin line for Peanut’s artwork.|
And that’s it. Now we have a play room we thoroughly enjoy. Believe it or not, it stays pretty clean now due to the fact Peanut can easily put things away for herself. The next project will be to create some form of window treatment to help regulate the light and temperature better (as it is a SUN room)–that sounds like a future post in the making so stay tuned.
On a totally random note, I just had to include this next picture…
|Teacup at 6 months.|
Isn’t she just adorable? Teacup’s now 6 months and loves to sit up on her own. She reaches for everything and is going to take off crawling any day. She wanted to be in my playroom pictures so badly I figured I’d just end on the cutest note of all. Enjoy!
Update August 12, 2012
|Main Stay baskets|
|New reading corner|