Saturday morning, we stood in there and figured out what we could do to make it better. I remember seeing some book shelf on Pinterest that people get from Ikea to use for storage. Well that is all fine and well, but trying to convince your husband we need to head to Ikea on a Saturday is not as easy. I was able to talk him into it and off we went.
We picked up two of the shelves and some storage containers. The $69.99 price on those shelves is really a great deal. They are sturdy and I am not worried about them falling on the kids because they are so solid. We also picked up a new lamp because the room was lacking lighting and some fun bright book shelves.
That night while the kids slept, we got to work. Purged toys, moved old storage units to the basement, put our new furniture together and viola, a brand new playroom with space for everyone!
Mary is the hot pink side and Henry is the black side. They each got their own unit. Which I know won't stay like that forever but it works for now. I also love that Henry can reach the top and take his toys down. That helped a lot for space reasons.
The art easel was always in the corner, but we added that bright lamp over there. I'm loving the fun colors on the shade and it fit in so perfectly.
These are the book shelves. They work - they don't hold a ton but they serve the purpose that we need them too.
Finally the train table. Henry doesn't really use the train tracks anymore so we use it more for a large a table for him to play on. He loves playing with all his figurines. We left the tracks in there in case one day he does want to play with them again. They are all stored in those red containers under it.
I think it came out great and gives the kids the middle of the room to play or watch movies. It feels so good to walk in there and not be overwhelmed. Now, I know it won't stay this neat forever, but for now it works.