I can not believe I am even typing this, however, I am thinking of converting our Living Room into a Playroom. I am starting to tackle the organization of all the toys that we received over Christmas and Jillian's birthday and I feel like I am just shuffling toys around from one room to the next. Putting one toy in each of their rooms, one toy in the Great Room and one toy into the Basement. I feel like we need one designated space for Jillian and Nicholas to really play with their toys, preferably on the main level of our home which is where we spend the majority of our day. Jeff once brought up this idea to me last Christmas when I was trying to figure out how to handle all of Jillian's new toys and I said no way. Boy is he going to laugh when I tell him the thoughts that have been rolling around in my head! I originally started to convert our office into an office/toy room but it just didn't work out like I wanted it to. Too much clutter and not enough space for it to be a dual purpose room. I need my office for my direct sales business and in the process of trying to organize and decorate that space too into something a little more functional.
Here are the PROS and CONS of converting the Living Room into a PlayRoom:
1. The kids will have a space on the main floor of our home to call their own. We spend the majority of our time on the main level, they need a main space to play.
2. We have a toy area in our basement, but our basement is not finished yet and we do not spend a lot of time down there. Especially with Nicholas still being so little, I am always feeding the little guy which seems to take up most of my day. Perhaps when the kids are older and I can feel comfortable with them playing downstairs in the basement independently. Until then, I really need something more on the main level of the house.
3. It will be a temporary solution, I am thinking 2-3 years tops until we can move all of their toys to the basement.
4. Although my Living Room is one of the only decorated rooms in the house, it is far from finished. I never painted it and we can easily move the new end tables and coffee table to the Great Room. The Great Room end tables and coffee table now are hideous and were purchased in a scratch and dent room of a furniture during Jeff's bachelor days. I will not be sad to move those items to the basement and move the living room tables to the Great Room.
5. We have already moved the chair from the Living Room to Nicholas nursery. We were in desperate need of a glider in Nicholas nursery, however, I refused to buy another one since we already had one in Jillian's room. Jillian's glider is white and matches her furniture perfectly, plus we were still using it to read a book every night. Nicholas furniture is a dark espresso/cherry wood and the Living Room chair matched his furniture perfectly. It was a win-win situation all around. The Living Room chair is now sitting in Nicholas Nursery and it looks amazing. Matches his room perfectly. So one piece of Living Room furniture has already been repurposed in the house before I even came up with this crazy idea.
6. So that leaves the Living Room couch and my beloved Starburst Mirror. I am sure I can find another home for the Starburst mirror. I have a few ideas. The couch may have to be moved to the basement for a few years. That is the only piece that I can not think of re-purposing at the moment which is fine.
7. I can see the Living Room perfectly from the kitchen and the office, two rooms I am in a lot of my day.
8. It will free up all the toy clutter in the Great Room. It would also keep the Great Room carpet from continuing to get trashed. I can put an area rug down in the great room to protect the carpet that is in there now.
9. Now that I am a SAHM, simplifying my job in this role is a must. A designated toy room on the main floor would do just that.
1. We are dismantling my beloved Living Room. Ahhhhh!
2. It's the first room off the right of the house when you walk in the front door. Doesn't set the tone for a calm and relaxing house. It may scare my neighbors who stop by and they may never want to come back.
3. It's a very open room with no closets. We will probably have to buy a few more Target storage cubes and cabinets to corral the clutter.
Now that I have typed up all of the PROS and CONS, clearly I am on to something by converting the Living Room since there are so many more PROS than CONS. I will let you know what I ultimately decide.
Here are a few inspirational pics I found to help me with my decision.
This Living Room turned Play Room is amazing from Heather Drive Blog.
And this one is adorable too from Babycenter.... the windows look like our front windows.
So what do you think, am I nuts? Have you done something like this in your home? I would love to hear your ideas!