In the ongoing attempt to have all children and toys remain in the playroom, we’re going to share some of the physical changes we made to the space to make it more usable. If you missed Episode 1, click here to read about how we worked with the kiddos to edit their own toys.
Now that the toys were sorted and stored, it was time to tackle the physical set up of the room.
When we first met the family, we asked about the kind of activities the kiddos enjoyed and learned that the current space was not actually serving them in the way they needed. Art projects and desk/table work were high on the list of activities they enjoyed, however the art table was currently sitting in the middle of the kitchen. Not only was it a cluttered mess, but it was too small for both kiddos to be at it together.
Another challenge, as presented by the kiddos, was that mom kept recycling all their “papers” (horrors, but come on, we’ve all snuck art to the recycle bin!). It’s our job to listen to everyone, and this was a hot point for the 6 and 4 year old.
It was clear that the kiddos needed their own space! In addition to a larger art table, we recommended the Parsons Mini Desk from Pottery Barn Kids, one for each kiddo with plenty of space for them to “file” and keep their own work. Over each desk we hung large bulletin board initials for them to pin their most prized possessions, without any judgement from mom.
There was still quite a bit of floor space, so we also added the Carolina Craft Play Table for all the art projects, lego building marathons and puzzle putting together sessions. This table is great because adults can also sit somewhat comfortably. The chairs from the old art table were still completely useable and tuck under the table out of the way.
Even with these additions, there was still plenty of floor space for lounging and building. Each kiddo has their own soft chair for reading, or (no judgement please) for cozying-up in on weekend mornings when they are permitted screen time together. When not in use, the chairs are stored in the sliding closet out of the way.
Outcome - the kiddos moved in and haven’t looked back. They love having their own desks where they can keep everything safe and out of the recycle bin. The desks have also been great for homework and writing work. The art table is where they gather together or as a family. The kiddos were heard, and their challenges addressed - as mentioned in Episode 1, buy-in from everyone is incredibly important in maintaining an organized space. With the kiddos happily in the playroom, mom is smiling as she walks through the kitchen without crushing a toy underfoot.
Stop by tomorrow to get the scoop on our fav bins and storage solutions!
Episode 1: Toys vs. Mom
Episode 2: The Art Table is too small…and it’s in my kitchen
Episode 3: Fav bins & Storage Solutions
Episode 4: Organizing Art Supplies and the Subsequent Creations