Ever since Theo was born, our living room has looked like a daycare center. As it turns out, babies need a lot to entertain themselves all day, every day.
We are very lucky in that our home also has a loft / living area upstairs. On kind of a whim, we decided to relocate Theo’s main play area from our “main” living room to our loft / upstairs living area. Let me tell you, I am so much happier! Now that most of his toys are upstairs, it’s easier to delineate kid/play time from adult/relaxing time. We jokingly call this space the mountain house since it’s upstairs. We are funny.
I am proud to say that the only thing I bought new for the upstairs playroom are the posters that I added to the walls. We repurposed an old armoire that I had acquired a while back (in here I am storing snacks, wipes, burp cloths for spills, toys that are out of the rotation), and moved the Montessori shelves from downstairs as well.
Oh, well we did get a few new things – we upgraded the TV to a 65″ (mounted) and added a sound bar as well. We have them on our other TV’s, and since we will be spending more time upstairs we decided to add a sound bar up there as well.
I’m kicking myself for not taking better before and after pictures. It’s great to have a separate and dedicated play space, and it’s also great to have my living room back! Well, until Theo’s birthday. I’m going to need a second house by the time Christmas rolls around!
Our next project is to childproof the loft area. We plan to build some room dividers that we can tuck behind the couch, creating a wall-like barrier that a child won’t be able to climb over.