: : The View from Here part 1 ~ a look around our home : :
Our home is becoming more organized and beautiful every week. We are slowly working our way through the To Do list, and starting to feel comfortably at home here.
This post is a peek into our playroom. It is the first in a sporadic series I plan to write on where we live our busy lives. (Let me know what you think and if you'd like the more stops in the tour! Soap studio? Live food-zone? Homeschool chest? Family bedroom? Craft space?)
Between our living room and our dining area we have a pass-through room – a glorified hallway really – that is our playroom. It had been a narrow office, but now is where our playthings dwell. Toys in the children's bedrooms are kept to a minimum, so this tiny space contains most of what occupies their playtime.
Recently I reevaluated the play room and the sheer volume of stuff crammed within. (Where did all of these toys come from?) Books, games, toys, silks… so much to play with if you can focus on one thing long enough (but how can you focus in such a space?). Not so long ago we had a one-in-one-out toy rule but it was discarded somewhere along the way, and our playroom has been swelling ever since.
Late last night Pete and I dug into the play room and narrowed it down to six open-ended play areas. The remaining toys are stored in a former linen closet to be rotated in and out of play as we wish.
The space that previously contained dozens of toys now consists of the following stations:
1. The play table (which was always there, but is now clear of clutter and the shelf above is open, awaiting daily toy rotation);
2. A rainbow of playsilks;
3. Another (wild) rainbow of costumes;
4. A doll corner with our pram, cradle, two dolls, and clothes;
5. The farm (animals, people, and fences are stored in the nightstand that had belonged to my great grandma and the playmat is rolled in the hay loft); and 6. Our home-made playstands/play kitchen (top).
Somehow removing the tall shelves and replacing them with just a few select things made our whole house feel bigger and more peaceful. The shelves were repurposed in our family room, stocked with games, books, and projects for long winter evenings by the fire.
The simplicity of the set up has created a calm, creative energy in our house today. I'm off to see what our costumed knight and panda bear are up to!