Playroom Necessities – Top 10 Must Haves

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. Storage

Playrooms should have easy access storage for little hands including open shelving to hold bins and boxes as well as closed storage to tuck away smaller pieces. We’re looking at a couple of bookshelves to hold our bins and and either a shelf with cupboards or a dresser to hold smaller pieces and miscellaneous toys. As much as I love the look of nothing but open shelving, we’re just too messy to have that work out for us.
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Preston Storage Wall System

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

Playrooms aren’t just for playing and a reading nook is a must for us.
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3. Arts and Crafts Area

All of our arts and crafts are supervised and most of the supplies are kept out of the boys reach right now. FASD and all that good stuff makes them pretty impulsive with short attention spans. I like the idea of a craft corner that could evolve into a homework center as children grow older.
Tinkerlab

4. An “Art Gallery”

I’ve got loads of art that the boys have made at daycare and the fridge could be covered with their gems in no time. I love the idea of having a spot for kids to show off their masterpieces right in the playroom.
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5. Make Believe Props

Kids love to dress up and play grown up. Including some play clothes and props is always a great idea along with play stations like work benches and kitchens.

 

 

 

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

Teepees, tents, forts, clubhouses, playhouses and castles. Kids love a place to hide out. Sew it, glue it, or buy one already made. We bought this one! The boys love it but the dog loves it even more. It gives her a way to hide from the kids while being close to them. #stubbornLhasatricks
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7. Comfy Seating

 Regular sized furniture is are great if you have the room but kids don’t mind piling on the floor either. I like the idea of bean bags and poufs in smaller spaces.

 

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Benches are another great option that add storage to the space.

 

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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.Playroom must haves- Cool area rugs

9. Color

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

 

Poppytalk

 

Sisteroo

10. Television/Media Center

I’m not sure everyone is going to agree on this idea and if you choose to keep media out of the playroom that’s great. But I’m a little tired of Minions and Shrek marathons in the living room. Every. Single. Day. I’m moving the small tv/dvd player from our trailer and it will be going in to the playroom asap. I can still set the screen time and control what they watch but I might actually get to watch something I like every now and again.
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Break ups of 2013

Every year I make resolutions.  And then forget them a few days later.  Last year I didn’t make any except for saying “no” a little more often to things that I really, really don’t want to do.  So far it’s been a moderate success.  Although I do note that I have WAY less friends than I used to.  I’m sure it has nothing to do with the “no” thing?  Does it?

This year I’ve decided to break up with a few  some  lots of things around my house.  And in my personal life but that’s for another kind of blog.   A few months ago, I almost broke up with this house but we’ve decided to work through our differences.  We’ve had some therapy (mostly involving paint and new floor plans) and we’re doing ok.  For now.  But we still need to make some changes.  So house, consider yourself warned.  These are the things we need to work on to save our relationship in 2013. 

I’m Breaking Up With….

1. This ceiling fan! 

I hate you.  Go away. 

I also hate all the clutter but that’s really not house’s fault.  I would like some track lighting but it’s under negotiation with the rest of the budget.

2.  The open space in the kitchen

In theory, it’s a great space, but in reality it’s a place for toddlers and dogs and their toys to congregate so I fall over them while cooking. Every single day. At least 10 times.  I need an island.



Why is there ALWAYS a basket of laundry on the counter???

Because these fellows will be out of highchairs sooner or later and I love the idea of a breakfast bar.

And while we’re at it, let’s take a look at that table again. 

Ewwww.  Thanks to the high chairs, I’m also down to two chairs for this set.  Two ugly chairs.  (And yes, that’s a dog coat hanging from one of the ugly chairs.)  This year I’m going to find/salvage/rescue a wood table that can be refinished and works better with this space.   I’m thinking of something like this little beauty that I saw on French Accent.

I know.  Way too fancy for my space but still….I love the look of white paint with a walnut surface.  Here’s hoping I can find something affordable and the time to pull it off.  

3.  The “master bedroom”

You might recall that I moved downstairs after giving up the real master to Bubba.  This room is so oddly shaped and awkward.  I don’t really know what to do with this space and the amount and size of the furniture that I have.  At the very least, we need something less drab on the walls.  I’m thinking something light and airy given that there’s just two tiny windows down here that don’t let in any light.  I would love some new bedding too but let’s not get crazy. 

Yup, that’s a bath mat.  I know.  But it’s pretty darn cold down there in the mornings. Add stylish area rug to the list.

4.  Ugly stairway to  the basement

It was painted brown when I moved in and I re-painted it white.  Twice.  Unfortunately it chips and shows every bit of dirt.  I need to figure this out!  I’m also terrified the boys will fall down it but can’t afford to carpet the steps.  Hmmm….

I hate that this what you see from the side door entrance.  I just don’t know what to do about it. 

5.  The Front Porch

Nothing wrong with it except that the paint is peeling and it needs a little updating.  I’m not a huge fan of the door either. 

Come spring, that porch is getting a face lift.  I can’t afford a new door but I sure as heck can afford paint.  I think some shutters would look great too, but that’s way over budget this year.  I also need to do something about the house numbers because you can’t see them at all from the street after dark.

And most importantly….

6.  My living room!

This poor room has been held hostage by baby toys and sippy cups but all that is coming to an end.  Here, I’m only breaking up with the clutter and toys.  Living room and I are so getting back together.  No more mystery stains on the sofa, no more cookie crumbs in the area rug, and no more ugly toy shelves and baby equipment everywhere.  We’re having quality adult time only in the future.

Which leads me to….

7.  Useless space at the bottom of the stairs….(that collects clutter and junk)

 
 

Got rid of the treadmill but had to store the futon here that used to be in the spare room.

I’ve cleared the clutter and it looks reasonably decent.  But decent doesn’t cut it anymore.  Not with two little babies who’s collection of toys seems to multiply on a daily basis.  Waste of space is going to shape up and and become a play room.  Maybe even something like this from Apartment Therapy

Sigh.  At the very least, this useless area is getting a new coat of paint, some shelves and the boys will be hanging out down here in the near future.  Because there is a comfy, cozy rec room in the same space.  It just needs some finishing touches.

Ok.  Those are the house resolutions for 2013.  I might be overly ambitious given that I have to go back to a full time, very demanding job at the beginning of March.  But that’s my to do list for the year. 

And on a more minor level….

I’m going to finish up Bub’s nursery, the rec room, and my craft room.  All things that I started in 2012 and are just needing some final touches.  Can’t wait to share them with y’all in the next few weeks.  Hmmm….maybe months?

Linking up my resolutions to these parties.  And to Shabby Creek Cottage and Savvy Southern Style