I really, really need things to be in their place.
I am a firm believer in the put-something-away-before-you-get-something-else-out method of play.
It is a good thing that I have one child.
I know that is what you are thinking.
For, like, the last five months.
But I've still got time to join in for June's Playroom Challenge.
We use an extra bedroom for The Princess' playroom. It is actually the largest bedroom in our home, but it is the only downstairs bedroom. We wanted to have everyone sleeping on the same floor, so it worked out perfectly.
Since we didn't use the clothing rod in the closet, we added shelving. My goal was to create a place for all her
junk toys so that the playroom floor could remain uncluttered.
This is a look into her closet.
The shelves that are straight ahead were already there. We added the shelving on either side.
The basket on the lower shelf holds her dolls and their accessories.
Her magazines, sticker books and coloring books are in the white magazine holders.
The green baskets hold art supplies, Littlest Pet Shop things, Polly Pockets, etc.
We left a space for her toy box. It holds sports equipment and big stuff that won't fit anywhere else. Little boxes and baskets are handy for smaller things. Note that one of those holds her band-aid collection. When The Princess was little, she said she was going to open a band-aid store when she grew up. Made sense to me...
I love big tubs for her dollhouse furniture. We also keep a big tub of toys for little kids to play with when they come to visit.
We call it Operation Distract and Entertain.
I had an old piece of furniture that we painted silver to hold her movies and video games. We added new knobs--that now strangely remind me of that bra Madonna wore--and it looks like a brand new piece of furniture. Um. Pretend that those knobs are totally level.
Here's a few shots of the rest of the room.
I love these bookshelves. The back of the shelves are mirrored, which adds a little sparkle to the room.
And no, we did not buy The Princess a flat screen TV. The King moved his TV in her room for the ultimate video game experience.
His. Not hers.
The bulletin board behind the TV would be easy to make. A frame, some fabric and a little ribbon.
These swirls were painted by a friend. I love what they add to the room.
We found a "chandelier" in the sale area of a lighting store to add a little glam to the room.
I love to find ways to use older furniture or inexpensive furniture for a child's room. There is so much that a little paint, mirrors and fabric can do!!
Oh. And remember how I said the goal was to keep the floor uncluttered? Well imagine how it would look without the baskets...
The organizing is still a work in progress, but it is nice to know that it is working. Creating a spot for most of her items really encourages her to put things back. It also cuts down on the, "MOM!! I can't find my stuff!!"
And that is worth
almost every penny.