When we were first looking for a house, one of my dealbreakers was a playroom. I wanted a space where the girls could spread out and keep all of their toys. A space that would be just theirs. With a door. That I could close.
Our playroom is just that. There are tons of shelves and baskets and bins to hold all of their pink and purple goodies. It has been great. They can set up forts and tents and Lego cities, and I can shut the doors when they want to keep the mess around for a few days.
But the older the girls get, the more I notice that some of the toys need to go and different toys need to be more available. They play games more, and Barbies less. They create more, and dress up less. They build more, and dream more, and imagine more, and they need space to do just that.
This is how the room has been setup the past few years. It was well-organized, and they could easily clean the room up on their own. It worked well for them and for us. But it was time for some small changes.
That is the thing about organizing a space, sometimes, it needs a little reorganizing a few years later. You have to evaluate your spaces and your schedule, and sometimes you just need to make small tweaks here or there instead of totally overhauling everything.
Here is the space after we tweaked a few things. The bones stayed the same, but we were able to donate lots of toys that the girls don’t need anymore, and we moved the games and art areas around a little more to make it more fun to play with.
We also changed the labels on their toy bins. Since both girls can read, we no longer need the picture labels on the bins.
As always, with any room organization project, I followed the same plan.
1. Take everything out.
2. Go through it all.
3. Get rid of anything you don’t need, use, or love.
4. Put only some of it back in.