Whether you’ve lived in a house for a long time or just recently moved, making your home work for you is a long journey. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and change up the spaces in your home to find the flow that works best. If you have any rooms that are job sharing with another room try to come up with a way to consolidate. My big freeing moment came when I realized that the playroom and boys bedroom being at opposite ends of the house was creating more work than I had anticipated. There was a constant trail of toys, shoes, and clothes between the two spaces.
Setting Up Boys Bedroom
Side note: I love how the room is still completely in boxes, but the boys have the essentials unpacked — what’s a boys bedroom without a Nerf basketball hoop? Did you see my house in its current state — Moving Houses, Showing the Mess.
The best way to get rid of clutter and start simplifying your home is recognizing when a system isn’t working.
The boys small bedroom downstairs stored a few toys and the rest were upstairs in the playroom. A lot of time was spent dragging toys from one space to the other (or finding a common space in the middle). Why not set the boys up in the large space with all of their toys? It took a little convincing to get Stud ready for this change. The playroom doesn’t have a closet with a rod, it doesn’t have a door, and there isn’t a bathroom on the second story. Despite all odds stacked against this idea, the boys were stoked and Stud decided to let us give it a try. (Meaning he agreed to move the bunks).
I planned to paint the scarlet red walls upstairs when the downstairs was complete, but the more I considered the flow of our home, the more eager I was to start painting the playroom and get the bunks upstairs.
So we moved everything to the center of the room…
And started painting — white on the ceiling, gray owl on the walls.
Don’t worry, I set the camera down and helped a LOT. And my sweeties kept us entertained by playing episode after episode of the TLC show, Clean Sweep. It’s one of our favorite Netflix shows.
The updated color is perfect!
Gray Owl works so much better than Scarlet Red in this space.
Eventually we will cover up the black trim, but we both decided that could wait a few months. Lightening the walls made the room feel larger and brighter.
Before Stud had time to get the bunks together, my boys had already decorated their new room – there’s that Nerf basketball hoop again.
After a little trial period, all of us love the new setup. The function of this room completely works! (I’ll share updated pics real soon). This week I’ll show you more ways I decluttered and organized the boys massive pile of toys! And eventually I want to show you my plans for my new empty space – I love wide open spaces!!!
Their new room needs to have three functions: a bedroom, a playroom, and lounging area. I wonder if we can make their bunk room this cool?
What are your thoughts on wood planked walls?
I love working on putting Everything in its Place. Are there any spaces not making sense in your home!? Is there a space that is job sharing? Feel the freedom to repurpose spaces differently than their intended purpose!
Update: I was asked for a little more scoop on how this works. The playroom is still the playroom AND it is now their bedroom, too. My boys are 18 months apart and inseparable, best friends. The boys LOVE being in the playroom – playing cars, playmobile, legos, and karate. Little B prefers her room – playing dolls, styling her hair, reading, and drawing. Moving the boys into the playroom was actually not a huge change for them, except they are now in there at night, too. As a family we have both a family room and a living room for family and friend chill time. The upstairs is definitely a fun hangout spot for the little boys and all their neighborhood friends!
One thing we swore we’d never do is let them have a TV in their room. We bought the playroom TV before switching the space to a bedroom/playroom. After some negotiating between Stud and I, the TV stayed. We don’t have cable, but we do have Netflix (set to the kids section). They are only allowed to watch TV and use their PS3 on the weekends. So far that’s been easy to enforce — they’re sweet boys!
I’m still working on defining the space that the boys are no longer using, but I’m leaning towards a guest room!