I’m trying to not go insane. I’m trying to reclaim some space and not have to move in order to do it. We have a decent amount of square footage in this home BUT it’s kind of awkwardly laid out. 900 sq feet on the main floor consists of the Living Room / Dining Room / Kitchen / Master bedroom and Kids bedroom…oh and a small bathroom too. Then we have another 900 sq feet in the basement (below grade) which has another two bedrooms (one used as storage and the other is a guest room) a rec room / office and our laundry area oh, and a second small bathroom.
The kids have taken over. Everything. Everywhere. Shocking I know.
It’s time to re-arrange and make things work better for us. It’s time to divide the adult space from the kid space. I hate having toys EVERYWHERE. I love having one room that I can keep clean(ish) so when the rest of the house explodes I can go sit in there and be calm about it all. Our living room used to be that room. Yes…used to be.
When the baby came, it just became necessary to stay upstairs most of the time and so toys and kids stuff took over because that’s where we spent our time. Now that he’s getting older and can sit and play, we need to be downstairs in the rec room. Our grand idea was to take the computer area out of there to make space for toys and move it upstairs to our living room area. This means we need to do a bit of rearranging. So, what a fun excuse to do a mini makeover right??? AND I thought it would be fun to share the process with you and maybe you can avoid our mistakes and maybe we could give you a few ideas on maximizing your small living spaces.
So here we go! Here’s my ‘before’ pic. You can see how the kid stuff is everywhere! And my laptop mess is there too. That will move to a more dedicated desk space.
In the next few posts I’ll show how we rearrange the furniture to do double duty as living and office space. How we update the style just a touch for very little cash and how we create a reading corner (including a DIY lamp project). I’m so excited to get started! I love decorating and design and I believe that everyone can have a great space with a little thought and ingenuity! Stay tuned for my after shots 🙂