What’s different, you ask? Most notably . . . the increase in space in our living room! Here is the “toy area” in our living room before:
Obviously, this picture was taken in transition before everything was put away. But still–it’s a huge improvement!
For a few weeks we have been talking about making the kids roomies & converting one of the kids’ bedrooms into a toy room. Mostly we are tired of our house looking like Toys R Us puked inside our living room but we don’t have space in the kids’ rooms for all of their stuff. We tossed around several ideas, one of which was bunk-beds. We spent a few hours on Saturday going around to all of the furniture stores in town looking for one that would work. We wanted two twin bunks (rather than twin-over-full since we have limited space to work with) that were sturdy & affordable.
By the time we got home, we had decided that our best bet was to make one. That way it could be the size we wanted as well as good quality lumber and craftsmanship.
I offered to help and Greg said I could push the cart at Home Depot and take pictures.
I think that might take care of #76 on my list.
Pushing a cart through the lumber store is helping, right?
We were all set that we were going to build bunk-beds. Then we started thinking about how Brock usually has to get up at least once in the night because he has to pee or he can’t find his brown dog or he is “firsty”. Being 5 1/2 feet up in the air is probably not the best spot for him just yet.
Obviously we can’t put Sissy in the top bunk. But even in the bottom bunk, with a rail, she would probably still fall out because she is all over her crib during the night and every morning she wakes us up by standing up & grabbing the crib railing and shaking it as hard as her chubby little hands can manage. So, this is what we came up with.
Since all they do in their bedrooms is sleep, why not make it just that. A room in which they can both sleep?
Again, pardon the mess. I realized I should be taking pictures once Greg had already moved quite a few things around.
Since Adrianna’s old room was the smaller one, we chose to convert that one into the toy room. Plus, the wall where the bookshelf & dresser are used to be an exterior wall but the previous owner added on a garage. So her “window” used to look out into the garage. Bleh. When we were making her room into a nursery, we closed that window off and Greg built a bookshelf in its place! Anyway, there is no natural light in that room so it would be better as a toy room.
After we moved every piece of furniture that the kids had in their rooms plus the two toy boxes (cubbies? bins?) that were in the living room, here are the final results!
We are definitely going to have to do something different with the colors in there. All of Adrianna’s bedding is pink and Brock’s is Sponge Bob, Handy Manny & Toy Story (all of which happen to be blue). Also, we were able to fit both of the kids’ beds as well as three dressers in their “new” room. Obviously there is not tons of room to walk around but they have a brand-new toy room for that!
It is amazing how much cleaner the living room looks without having all of the toys scattered everywhere. We are in the process of teaching Brock to pick up after himself anyway and it’s nice for him to know that all of his toys are in the same room (rather than in the living room or his bedroom). I even caught him in there a few times yesterday playing. By himself. Now if I could just get Adrianna to follow suit.