The Playroom PuzzleMarch 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Giggles, Lollipop | 21 Comments
I said I’d never have a playroom. And now I have one. Kind of.
We got rid of our guest bedroom to accommodate said playroom. The guest bedroom, for me, was about much more than, well, where guests slept. It was a pet-free zone. A kid-free zone. A place to display the lovely, flowery, ribbony things my husband had banished asked me kindly to remove from the rest of the house.
Bonus: In the guest room, I knew these knickknacks would be safe. They would not be drooled on. Lobbed across the tile. Or dunked in the dog water.
Now Entering Disaster Area
Instead of a playroom, we had eight color-coordinated, toy-stuffed cloth baskets and a shelf of books. In our “formal living” area. An area that Lollipop and Giggles formally destroyed. Every day. By dumping out and tromping through all eight boxes of blocks, trucks, cars, animals, balls, jewelry, and the occasional shoe.
What with “clean-up” not yet being a term mastered by the toddlers of the household, Daddy and I spent countless precious post-night-night minutes (hours?) digging blocks out from under the couch, unearthing cars from chair cushions, and duct-taping books back together.
In the name of productivity (and sanity), we decided a few months ago to banish the mess to a playroom. Mommy’s knickknacks packed up: check. New metal shelves bolted to wall: check. Toys categorized neatly in bins: check. Puzzles and magna doodles set out on pint-sized table: check.
Once More, With Feeling
However. My kids do not yet play in the playroom regularly. This is my fault (again).
To me, it looks like a glorified closet. Stuffed with toys. I want it to have personality. To be colorful and inspire joy. To spark imaginations.
I have done some research, as I tend to do. I have consulted fellow Mommy friends. I even ordered the ever-chic (and ever-pricey) Land of Nod catalog for ideas. Still, what I have is a big closet. Not a playroom. Not a place for play.
So we don’t really go in there. Lollipop and Giggles lug two or three things downstairs for a week or two, then swap them out. Every day, I ask myself, why do we have a playroom again?
Can you help? How have you made a creative place for play? What do your kids like best? How do you keep it (relatively) organized? How do I solve the playroom puzzle?