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A Place to Create

The quest to organize our house and create functional and fun spaces continues this week.  My husband Phil has done an amazing job putting things together for me but the room I am most proud of is our new craft room.

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In our old house we had a super functional craft room space that was set up in the unfinished basement portion of our house.  Keelyn spent many hours in that room and William was starting to use it too.  We set up a temporary space in this house but it was not very efficient so I dreaded when Keelyn asked to do crafts.    We decided that needed to change so Phil and I set to work.  Our new spot is set up in the front room of our house officially labelled the “den”.  To date, we’ve had it filled with our sofa from the old house we couldn’t sell and random boxes that we hadn’t unpacked because they were the boxes filled with things we didn’t really know what to do with.  Our plan for this space was to set it up as a really nice office for Phil and I as we’ve never had a great work space.  But what we want isn’t totally in the budget yet (not a priority) and we don’t want to just do something temporary office wise.  We also planned to do a small space for the children to have as a craft room, games room and when they are older homework space.  We decided to clean out the boxes and set up the room as a functional space for the kids.  We had all the shelving from our old house craft room so this wasn’t really an investment.  I did find a great round adjustable table from Kijji  for $20.00 only and I have ordered some colourful school chairs from School Speciality in singles.  The kids were lucky to get some Christmas money so we used it to get our chairs.  I’m so excited for the chairs to arrive as it will complete the room.  

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We also need to hang out Keelyn’s first painting and fame and hang William’s first and over the summer I found some large picture frames from Value Village that I spray painted green, pink and blue so the kids could display their own art work.  

Like the playroom, all materials are organized in bins so it makes tidy up time really easy.  We also hung a magnet/white board for each child which we purchased (previously) from Ikea right now they can play with it, draw on it, hang art work up and I figure once they are older it will be a great spot to hang homework assignments, and “to do” lists.  

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We also have a bar with cups from Ikea hanging for gluing materials.  Foam stickers, beads, popsicle sticks etc the materials never last long they get consumed by our little creators pretty fast.  I was going to put crayons and markers in the cups but my little ones are in the draw on the wall/table/floor stage right now so those are all in bins on a shelf up high until they are bigger. 

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I love, love this space.  It’s a lot of fun and super functional and will really grow with my children.  We are fortunate to have the room in our house for this but it’s not necessary.  A craft, creative space can be created in any small corner in any sized space.  Like I mentioned previously we made it work in an unfinished corner in the basement of our old home.  A bedroom closet would work, a corner in the living room or mudroom entryway would be perfect. The size of the space isn’t what makes it a functional space it’s how you organize it that counts!

 

 

Organizing Toys at Home

My children Keelyn and William were very lucky this Christmas and received many new toys.  No duplicates and things that they both are genuinely interested in a lot of cross over things that they can enjoy together.  We are appreciative towards our family and friends.  It was quite a large pile of gifts though but that’s what happens when you have large families.  I decided to deal with organizing and putting away the toys right away.  It’s one of those tasks that the longer you leave it the more tedious the job seems to be.  It also helps that I was consistently motivated by two little ones that kept requesting I “open it, open it!”

The kids have their own playroom space on the second floor just outside of Wililam’s room it is not a large space but we are very grateful for it.  It’s painted a nice bright kid friendly green (not like the yellow you see in the photo).  The organization is simple.  Ikea shelves with bins, a small shelf which sections off the “house centre” as my kids say.  And a low Ikea table that actually a TV stand but we use it as a building/puzzle table because the kids can sit on it, in front of it and there’s a shelf where we store puzzles under.  Sometimes this table even acts as a stage! I organized the dress up clothes on the large shelf.  My husband removed one of the “cubes” and then I used the 3M sticky hooks so that clothes could be hung.  We also have a chest and bin of accessories.

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Looking in the playroom. It is NOT this yellow!

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I LOVE how the dress up clothes hang

Anyway the space is pretty simple and well organized so fitting in a pile of new things was going to be tricky.  I also know from my Kindergarten teaching experience that the key to keeping kids engaged with toys is to swap them out every so often. And less is more!  I’m sure you’ve had to manage the play space once every toy had been dumped not fun.  I try to swap toys the first Saturday of the month but that hasn’t been happening lately so I needed a system.  I went to the dollar store and purchased a ton of bins and baskets all toys were then opened up and placed inside a basket or a bin with a lid.  Some bins went on playroom shelves, some on a shelf we have downstairs in our family room and the rest inside the playroom closet (yes our playroom has a closet it’s amazing).  This way when it’s toy swapping day it’s literally a matter of pulling out new bins and rotating between the two spaces.  It also makes tidy up really easy especially since Keelyn and William are use to Kindergarten and Daycare toys being organized in this manner.  My next step is to make labels for each bin which will make tidy up time really easy!

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The closet games on the top so William can’t reach them down 🙂

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Just for fun our playroom rules! Wall Decal ordered from ETSY from seller LucyLews