A couple of weeks ago, I got sucked into the vortex of the playroom. See, even though the kids received a bunch of new games and toys and Crayola Glow-things for Christmas, and even though I'd never "officially" found new homes for these things, I was living under the very mistaken notion that the playroom was really "not that bad."
The playroom is a small room right off the entryway, adjacent to the living room. It used to be solely a very small guest room. Then I took stock and realized we very rarely had guests, and the space was going to waste. So for the last several years, it's a "play room." Which really means, the kids store toys and crafts and games in here, but drag them all out into the rest of the house. And then I round it all up and throw it back in here. The room also has a small Ikea futon that opens up into a full-sized bed, for our occasional guests (usually my mom or sister).
See, when you walk in...it doesn't look all THAT BAD.
Come in and look closer...
|Don't even ask: an unopened gift from 2009.|
|Sigh. (This stayed. Because I'm an optimist, & hope my daughter will try it out this summer.)|
Also, I thought I could go in, fuss around and clean for an hour or two, and call it done.
I had Annoying Oranges, to mock me and keep me company.
|"You're an apple."|
And small furry Zhu-Zhu pets, the hot toy of 2010. (At least they aren't real hamsters.) The Zhu-Zhu's have left the building. They're now in a box out in a garage. If no one remembers or asks about them in the next several months, they're goners.
|My weird kids have always been terrified by "Operation."|
|The computer where the kids do school research and play some games. We keep it very locked-down.|
|Seasonal, Christmas crafts supplies are in the baskets above.|
My favorite part of the clean room are the shelves I put up. I'd bought these at Ikea last month, intending to put them on that cleaned area upstairs, outside my bedroom. But that area is staying clutter-free, and instead, this is a great way to put some art and color on this formerly blank wall:
Mary Blair (she was the designer of "Small World," to name just one project). I love that all this art isn't nailed to the wall, and can be swapped out whenever the mood strikes.
But now it's done. It's just turned spring, but it feels like I'm finally, fully in the "new" year of 2012 now that the Christmas toys have found homes. So, happy spring...and Happy New Year.