Our playroom has served a fantastic purpose over the years. Beyond giving the children a place to play, it has hid all the toys that have piled up in our home. There is nothing better than keeping toys contained in one spot over seeing them EVERYWHERE in the house.
Now that the kids are getting a bit older, our playroom is not as necessary as it has been in the past. For the most part, Baby Girl is the only one who uses it while her brothers opt for being in their rooms or upstairs in the bonus area. The room just isn’t as necessary as it has been. On the flip side, as the kids get older, the amount of work they are required to do at home has continued to grow. The small homework packets have transitioned into studying, projects, nightly homework and of course, busy schedules involving both school and sports. This has led to homework being strewn across either our kitchen table, dining room table, or island, depending on where they have decided to set up camp for the day. It is beginning to drive me crazy and so, we have decided to transition our playroom to a kids study room/kids office.
The hope is that we will have three works stations in there, one for each child, so that they have their own area of sorts where they can study, do homework, keep track of their calendar and keep all their school supplies. It will also provide them an area to charge their school iPads and type of reports and projects. Rather than have this spread out all over the downstairs, I am hoping it will be a welcoming space that provides them a little more structure at homework time.
Land of Nod has always been one of my favorite places to pick up children’s furniture so I have been working with one of their designers to create a room that can be of use now but will also accommodate them as they get older. There are so many ideas out there and I am scouring them all.
So it is official. We are those parents who no longer need a playroom. I can’t believe we have grown up that much already as a family but I will say that I am beyond excited to not have to clean out a toy room anymore!