Our playroom is one of those rooms that can either make me feel blessed or cursed.
Honestly, I avoid the room for long periods of time until I just can't take the EXTREME and DANGEROUS clutter anymore.
Or, I fear that whatever may be growing up there could possible rise from the carpet at any moment and attack my children.
Either option is equally as frightening!
The room is truly a blessing in that 80% of the toys, movies, play-related items are housed up there. Until about 6 months ago, we actually still kept a good number of toys in our living room so the kids could have things to play with in various places of the house. On one of their trips to the grandparents, we purged and hauled all of that either upstairs or into their rooms. They do have play things in each of their rooms, but I try to keep that at a minimum so I can have some semblence of clutter control.
Oh, who am I kidding!
The curse is that my children have inherited my husband's talent of not understanding the basic concept of "everything has a place". While I do dream of this room one day being a cover shot of either an Ikea or Container Store catalog, for now I must settle on my own devices of organization. I have done my best with my resources to organize in clear or open containers, to group similar types of toys together, and to teach the kids how everything has a home.
I have failed at the latter. Obviously!
Sunday was one of those days that I just couldn't take it anymore.
The destruction hits you even as you enter the room. That plaid couch just makes it worse!
The center of the playroom has not escaped the explosion! Luke seems to be surveying his crumb damage all over the carpet.
The activity/car corner-before.
NOTHING in its home!
LOOK, a clear path! Baby basket, green bucket of large legos/building pieces, red bucket of "bricks", Mr. Ed.
The red couch I prefer along with bean bags for extra kid-seating. And you can see the floor!
The activity/car corner. Electronic games, music, puzzles, Little People, books,
Luke's car center is tucked next to the house in a big plastic bucket.
Little People's big stuff, green bucket of smaller legos, pink bucket of Anysa's doll stuff, doctor kit, took kit, buckets, bean bags.
Kitchen/game corner. Table, writing stuff, kitchen stuff in 3-drawer cabinet and bottom red bucket. Red bucket of games and one of LeapPads and games.