As I continue with this lovely challenge, I am coming to projects that I honestly do not WANT to do. BUT I feel I must, and THAT is turning out to be a good thing.
The basement aka the kids playroom was one of them. Such a LARGE project in my eyes! Every time I would walk down there I would think of all the things I COULD do. The things I’ve seen on pinterest for playrooms, and realize I can’t do any of them. This has stopped me most of the time from really moving forward.
And that is just…. SAD!
Going with what we have is really starting to pay off. This house is coming together and it’s making life just a little easier. Not that life IS totally a breeze with 3 young children. *wink* Just now, I can walk into certain rooms and KNOW where things are.
Anyways.. onto the big reveal!
As you can see, it was a HUGE MESS! No real rhyme or reason. No places for anything, just stuff put anywhere. I always hated to go downstairs for this very reason. I would ALWAYS get frustrated. Constantly thinking of what to do with the room. Things we couldn’t afford to do. Basically daydream about all the possibilities.
Now that we have finally just DONE IT, I don’t mind going downstairs anymore. I tell you, a cleaned up, organized space does wonders!
We moved the treadmill to the spare room that is down stairs. A room that’s become my husband workout room. The treadmill in there seems fitting.
If you are curious WHAT is covering the fireplace, it’s a piece from a VERY old TV we acquired. A TV I do not think they make anymore. Adam broke it into pieces and is using all the parts throughout the house. The plastic screen works great for covering the fireplace. The kids pay no attention to it, and Abby has NO clue what’s behind there, and isn’t even interested.
When we purchased the treadmill, Adam made the box into a train table. After cleaning up the room he stapled a blanket to the cardboard to give it more of a grassy look. The boys enjoy it, and I think it gives it a more together look. A nice cheap table! If you are getting a treadmill and have children, you might want to consider using the box for them in some way. It’s very sturdy cardboard.
If you’ll notice the boxes I’m using a lot come from familyhood.com. LOVE shopping there! It’s also given me lots of nice storage containers.
I used the boys Lego containers, they have lids that snap on, to put the toys I did not want Abby to chew on. They work beautifully! The boxes provided nice storage for baby friendly toys.
This lovely contraption is something my husband rigged. I think it’s rather ingenious! When one of the kids rolls a ball up to that large boxed area, it will automatically roll to a small hole in the corner and then come out of that left side. Rolling BACK to whomever is playing. As you can see, I am still impressed! It’s all just cardboard and tap!
What I learned from organizing this space:
- Cardboard boxes work GREAT in children’s play rooms
- Just getting to cleaning and not daydreaming works wonders!
Any big organizing projects going on this week?
Do your kids have a playroom? What does it look like?
Next week is our main floor bathroom. Its coming together rather nicely!