We have a room off of our kitchen
which has been the playroom for the past 8 years.
Make a right at the open door.
Why is it almost empty you ask?
Because for the next year or so,
this will be the puppy’s room!
(Wow, that sounds insane!)
As you can see,
there are still some remainders of the playroom.
The rest of this stuff still needs
to be brought down to the basement.
You see, when the kids were really little, it made sense to have a playroom right off the kitchen. Their toys could be in a defined area, yet while I was cooking, they could be close enough to supervise. It was convenient yet also annoying because the room was always a mess. I would constantly be closing the door when people would stop by because close friends and family usually come through the garage and would have to walk past the disaster. But we all loved this space. The boys would build train layouts on the floor, we would play games, read…I am tearing up thinking about it now. The only furniture in there was the bookshelf you see, a little table and chair set, a couple lamps, a toy box and at one point a chair and ottoman which we moved to the basement to make more floor space. It was such fun space to hang out. We had half of our basement finished a couple years after setting up this playroom so they had both spaces but I think they preferred this room. (I would too since there is not a glimpse of natural light in that basement!)
Back in the pre-child days, this room was my office. I had all my books in here, my computer, photo albums…basically all my “toys”. My husband uses one of the bedrooms upstairs as his office because he likes to be tucked away from the household chaos. So, when my first son was born, I was happy to turn my room into a playroom and give up some of my space…(hence my messy, unorganized closets!)
This room has definitely taken a beating though! The carpet is pretty worn and there are probably several hundred nicks in the walls from the various toy throwing and horsing around.
So here’s where my plan comes in…
Since I want a place a little out of the way to put that dreaded dog crate and little “play yard” for the puppy, I thought this room would be perfect…I know what you are thinking – White carpet? Is she crazy? Well, yes, but that is besides the point…I am putting down some kind of floor covering over the rug around the crate and in the little fenced in play yard. (Probably something hideous like a plastic mat or linoleum or something). Anyway, the puppy will use this room and an area in the kitchen for awhile until she gets full reign to destroy the rest of the house.
As she gets older
and doesn’t need the crate anymore,
this room will make the transformation back into
We have already discussed ripping out the carpet
and putting in hard wood floors at that point.
My husband is on board with that idea,
so now I have all this time to plan the room!
I am so excited because I can start from scratch.
The room is 11’4″ X 12’10”
(not counting the little doorway area).
I am already starting to measure potential furniture!
Here are a couple ideas.
But at this point I have no real idea of what I want to do.
There is a lot of time to plan!
In the meantime,
the kids have already started getting used
to having all of their toys in the basement.
And the Wii is down there
so that is there main concern these days anyway!
But I must say, I am sad
that this room won’t be their playroom anymore.
I actually cried about it Sunday night when we cleared it out.
It represents my kids getting older
and I am so not ready for that.
Sometimes I wish I could freeze time
because they are so sweet and precious now.
Sometimes I wish they were little forever!
Maybe I am the one who really needs this puppy!
Anyway, that is my long term plan for the room.
It will be awhile before you see any changes.
But I may have lots of planning posts to come!
Have you changed the purpose of any of your rooms?