Honestly, I said I would never be that parent; you know the spoiling kind, but oh, it's so easy to overspoil you kids. You don't even know you're doing it. Gifts for holidays, special occasions, and random things bought on clearance or at the Dollar Tree throughout the years REALLY adds up. Then YOU (actually I), have a huge, overwhelming mess on our hands.
Pictures of our playroom show that everything had a place and a space. It was a functional room for the kids, but it was kind of always an eye sore for me. Not my favorite room in the house. It desperately needed paint on the walls, ceiling, a new light fixture, and oh that carpet, yeah stains ALL over it. It's' an old house; what else can I say?
Since the big mess that fell from the heavens (or the ceiling), we've been granted the money to actually update this space in a big way.
So I did what every other digital woman does... I pinned. I have finally found a color scheme, a vision for organization, and all the little details in between, that I believe will make this room, my most favorite room in the house. All I need now is a lot of storage options, seating, a place for the TV and DVD player, a new rug, a functional play table and a new home for the kid's play kitchen.
It all started with the inspiration room that I found on Pinterest designed by Jen of I Heart Organizing. I'm sure you've seen it as well.
|Inspiration Room (I Heart Organizing)|
|Floor (Lumber Liquidators), Fan (Amazon), Bins (Walmart)|
|Soft Mint (Benjamin Moore), Galvanized Bin (Walmart)|
|Lamp (Target), Toss Pillow (Target)|
|Toss Pillow (Target), Rug (Target)|
|Playroom Closet, Bookshelf (Walmart, Ikea)|
|Floting Shelvesa, Art Supply Storage|
Well that's the plan. Our room will take a different shape, VERY similar to the inspiration room. The cube storage will come from Walmart and fit perfectly in the space. I have it all measured out.
I can't wait to start slapping paint on the walls. Tonight we are going to texture the ceiling. Once that's done, we'll remove the current light fixture and get to town painting that sucker. I LOVE white ceilings. Makes low (8ft) ceilings like ours seem more open and taller.
On another note, I've been spending a lot of time organizing in my head.... putting toys in their various baskets. I plan to make some pretty little labels to make it easy to keep clean too (just like the inspiration room). I mean we will have 16 storage cubes to fill (the other 4 will hold books) - so this is how I plan to organize them:
2. Large Legos/Duplos
5. Little people
6. Disney figurines
7. Dora play set
8. Loving family
9. Action figures
13. Foam blocks
14. Wooden toys
15. Educational toys
Under the Farmhouse table will be a large bin that holds train stuff.
The bottom floor of the closet will have the kitchen and our 3 tiered rolling cart next to it. I plan to house kitchen food/plates, baby dolls/accessories, and misc. dress up items (keys, wallets, money, cards, jewelry) in those bins. If there is enough room, I'd like to place hooks on the side to hang dress up clothes.
The second shelf in the closet will hold our Little People playsets, doll houses, and small lego bin.
The third shelf in the room will have stuff animals that we refuse to get rid of - all the Disney stuff pretty much. WE love Disney at our house.
The small bookshelf will be repainted and house markers/pencils, crayons, scissors/glue/paintbrushes, and chalk in little hanging pails. Coloring books, drawing pads and paper will be housed in magazine holders, and clear shoe boxes will hold stamps, paints, craft supplies, and art supplies.
That's all folks. Our playroom pin-spiration. I hope you feel just as inspired to organize and update rooms in your house on a thin budget. I plan to post more pictures of the room in progress as well. Just need to get my camera hooked up to the ipad. Forgot to do that today.