Playrooms are a both a luxury and a necessity in my humble opinion. We didn’t have one when I raised my girls. We (I) worked hard at keeping toys in bedrooms and fought an unending battle against kid clutter. And then they grew up and I had a nice, tidy home. For about 5 minutes. Having a second set of kids to raise has meant having toys and kid stuff all over the house. Again. Love them. Hate the mess.
I’m seriously fed up with the amount of toys that I’m constantly stepping on so we’re building a playroom. Like this week. The boys are relatively good sleepers so I moved them in together over the weekend. And then I sat myself down with a notebook in our future playroom to figure out what our must haves would be. Who loves a top 10 list? We do!!
1. Toy Storage
I doubt we’ll be investing in anything so elaborate since we’re moving in the new year so I’m also considering using a dresser to hold smaller items. We’ve used the bottom 4 drawers in our living room media center for toy storage up until now and it’s worked fairly well.
2. A Reading Area
3. Arts and Crafts Area
4. An “Art Gallery”
5. Make Believe Props
Play kitchens aren’t just for little girls. Boys benefit from the message that cooking and cleaning up isn’t just for the ladies. You’re welcome future daughter-in-laws.
6. Forts/Tents or Any Other Hideaway
7. Comfy Seating
Benches, like this one from Home My Design, are another great option that add storage to the space.
8. Open Floor Space For Playing
Kids need room to spread out and use their imaginations. I love watching the boys line up their toys and then act out their visions. And if you’ve got a cute area rug to spark the imagination…even better. We added this one a few months ago. The boys love jumping over the “river”.
|In The Little Yellow House|
We added a city road map rug next to it so the boys can go from country to city.
Having a playroom is a great opportunity to let loose with whimsy and color. You might not want a polka dotted ceiling in your kitchen but you can go wild in the kids’ space.
|Simply Sadie Jane|
10. Television/Media Center
|I Heart Organizing|
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