My house has been cleaner in the last two weeks than it has been...well...ever. I mean consistently cleaner. We often go on binge cleaning sprees you know when we have friends over or home studies and the like. But the cleanliness usually lasts all of 36 hours before toddlers and sloppy parents and big hairy drooling dogs muck things up again. But the last 14 days, I have miraculously managed to pick up the house every night, keep the kitchen 80% clean, and scrub the bathtub - thrice! A bonafide miracle, right there, folks. I HATE cleaning the bathtub. CAPITAL LETTERS!
I think what happened is that when I thought I was pregnant, I started to plan in my head how I wanted to use the rooms in our house. We have three bedrooms and no basement so we store things wherever they fit - closets, the garage, under beds, behind the door, etc. I go back and forth about whether I think it will work to have our kids share a room. Lila is such an extrovert I fear having another body in her room would encourage her already lengthy conversations with herself to kick into overdrive if she had someone else to converse with and she would never sleep. The kid takes over an hour to talk it out as it is! And if Lila's not sleeping, it stands to reason that our other child wouldn't be sleeping either. On the other hand, we also don't have a lot of storage space, so the third bedroom is a sort of playroom/office/basement/lesson supply closet right now. There would be a lot we would have to find a new home for (read "throw away" which wouldn't necessarily be all bad) if that room was dedicated to another child.
Boy, I'm in a rambling mood tonight. I'm going to hit my "anyway" quota. As I was saying...
Once I found out that I wasn't pregnant, I switched gears - I think it was sort of burning off the premature nesting instincts that my overzealous thought-I-was-pregnant mind had kicked into high gear. So all that energy I was hoping to put into nursery design or redesign, I threw full force into reorganizing our play room (/office/basement/lesson supply closet). Also, I've been reading a lot of YHL so maybe I got the DIY bug. If rearranging and organizing count as a DIY project.
My goal was to make the play room feel a little more intentional and less like a catch-all for Lila's toys and my lesson materials.
Here's what it looked like last year. I took these pictures for our home study last fall.
|And while we're talking about Papa's woodworking skills, he also built Lila that rocking horse for her first birthday. I think I probably need to just do a whole post showcasing the awesome things he has built her.|
And now, a year (and golly, a lot more toys) later:
|The blue quilt on the right is covering one of the many storage bins that live in that room. I figured it might as well be put to use holding the suitcase that stores Lila's dress up clothes.|
Rearranging the play room also included rearranging Lila's room a bit, too. I moved her bookshelf from her room into her play room where it now houses puzzles, her instruments, and overflow books in bins. (You can see it in the photo above.) It's a much more practical use of the shelf because I needed something to wrangle all that stuff and the bookshelf wasn't really doing it's job. I guess toddlers just can't be expected to keep books upright with their spines facing out. Lila recognizes her books by the cover, not by the title on the spine, so they always ended up piled on the shelves haphazardly. That is, if she wasn't doing this:
|Was she ever really that little?|
|I put those little carpet circles for furniture legs on the four corners of the baskets so that they wouldn't scratch up the floor if they get dragged around (drug around?).|
The other major change to Lila's room is that I moved her easel into her room where her bookshelf used to live. It was more of a practical need than anything else. There just wasn't room for it in her play room once I moved the bookshelf in there. But the fun thing is she has taken a renewed interest in it now that it's in a new place. She even dragged her little chair in there and sits at the easel scribbling away exclaiming, "Now green! Now blue! Now PURPLE!" Then she points enthusiastically at an orange scribbled blob and says, "Look, Mommy! I draw you!" Awwww.
I love the way her drawing has changed over the last year or so. One of my favorite parts of her play room is the two framed drawings of Lila's. When she first really started coloring at about 18 months, she would reach her hand up as high as she could on the paper and make these really intentional lines all the way down diagonally. I loved how focused and deliberate she was with her strokes. I just recently saved a cut out of her newest technique (intense scribbling) and hope to frame it as soon as the budget allows. I love the idea of framing examples of her drawings from different stages.
And while we're talking playroom decor, my favorite new addition to the playroom is this print Little Sister got me for my birthday that's now hanging over Lila's little refrigerator.
|I love the fun teal frame contrasting the neutral print. Thank you, Target. $9.99|
- coping with sadness by distraction?
- hoarding tendencies?
- compulsive messiness?
- having pretend shouting matches with fellow customers over wire baskets?
And you! If you made it all the way through this post, I applaud your ability to procrastinate the things that you really should be doing right now. Like reorganizing your kid's playroom.
Oh, Lord. I need help.
Good thing He's good for it.