Happy Full-Solar-Eclipse Monday! 🙂
First off…before I get started, I want to make something clear. We realize having a “Big Kid Playroom” is kind…excessive? Not everyone has a space for this sort of thing…and perhaps if I was reading this, I would be like “are you serious? Big Kid Playroom? Who does this?!” But this room will not be what it is forever. The little ones will only mature in the future (hopefully!!!!) and therefore the need for this type of room will become superfluous. Also, being 6 (almost 7) year olds and sharing your room with a 2 year old can’t be the easiest thing in the world. We don’t ever want them to resent the little ones, so giving them there own space for a time seemed like the best thing for our family right now. Having an almost 5 year age gap between the two sets, sometimes we have to get a little creative with their different developmental stages. Get’s tricky sometimes! Also, if we need to, it can be used as an additional space for guests!
I’m beyond happy that I am not
finding stepping on Legos all over the house, and that my little people do not have complete access to crayons and markers 😀 Although our little guy did figure out how to open doors this past month…so now I’m working on teaching him to knock and ask “may I come in?” instead of barging in,…not the easiest thing to teach a 2 year old, but we will get there 🙂
This room is meant to be minimalistic and organized. Everything has a place! But at the end of the post I’ll show you what the room typically looks like 😉 thank goodness I can just shut the door and not look at it!
We intentionally did not put too much on the walls since we don’t want to fill in a bunch of holes later. Also because this room can get messy, adding stuff on walls just makes it feel more cluttered.
Reading corners are popular places with these two 🙂 Also can I just add, Calico Critters might be my favorite toy ever. They are the cutest! I wish I had them when I was a kid!
Theses tables are coffee tables from Ikea. I like that there is storage under them and they are cheap enough that is they get markers or glue on them, I don’t care 🙂 The rug is also from Ikea. We just keep Legos in small plastic totes. Although I would much more prefer super-organized-OCD methods of organizing Legos…it would never stay that way. And I’d just be in there resorting all the time and I just should not even bother with that in this season of life. So plastic totes it is!
The bookshelves are made by my hubby and I believe the bean bag chairs came from Target.
Such fun little tables! I’m sure they aren’t the most comfortable way to play…but they are kids and probably don’t care as much as I do 😉
Moving on to the closet. Of course I’d prefer all organizational containers and totes to match…but I also didn’t want to spend any money so I just used what I had. I think I’ve said before in past posts that we don’t like to use large containers for toys. Once one of those small bins/boxes is full, that means it’s time to get rid of something. Keeps our accumulation of “stuff” at bay.
We took the toy cubbies from their rooms (before they shared) and put them in the closet. When the room is clean/tidy, everything fits into the closet so perfectly! And then when the boys want to play with superheroes or the girls want to play with horses, they just get out what they need and put away what they don’t! So far, it’s worked out really well! I don’t know why the first picture is so blurry…sorry!
After I was done taking pictures, I asked each of the big kids how they felt about their space…
I think they like it 😉
Oh, and here’s the “real life” pictures I promised…
I think right now as I type this there are Legos all over the floor…and Calico Critters…and books. The door is shut 😉
And here are some “before” pictures from my KC Home Tour post after we moved in…
Little different now!! I think before we had kids I never realized how a home can go through stages and seasons just like we do. I feel like as kids hit different stages and milestones, the house and how we use it transitions with us. It’s great to be able to have spaces where kids can play, be creative and do what they like best 🙂
How do you store and organize toys? Is your home in the middle of “transition” right now? How do you handle different stages of childhood in your home?