BTDT moms, especially, please chime in!
So, we're in my parents' house (sans parents) for about 5 more months, and assume Miss L will be crawling, if not walking, well before then. We currently spend a lot of our time in the "sun room" living-room-type addition, and that (along with our shared bedroom) is where most of Miss L's "stuff" is. She doesn't have a load of toys, but some, and some books, etc., a little mini diaper-change-and-potty area, blah blah blah. We'd like not to severely baby-proof the whole house as she becomes more mobile, but I do suspect (based on her super-active behavior at the playgroup) she'll be one of those daredevil-type babies. So in addition to semi-babyproofing our bedroom, I'd like to make the sun room a "Yes Room" for her, where she can (though not really alone) still pretty freely explore and be unlikely to be significantly injured. We don't have much money to spend, and I think a lot of it will just be removing items from the room (a glass and wood entertainment center shelving unit we barely use anyway, a sort of end table that's falling apart, a room screen hiding my mannequins and the mannequins themselves-- I can keep those in storage most of the time, an unsteady floor lamp we also don't really use, etc.)
But I'm wondering... what would the ultimate "Yes Room" playroom/family room/living room look like? Anything that could be climbed on (bookshelf) safely anchored to the wall? Or should we remove it entirely and get a sling bookcase?
How about something like this for her toys and whatnot...
...turned on its side, with baskets?
And what else, for safe fun? An old mattress to bounce on or something (serious!) And for us? We will probably keep the cushy low couch and ottoman and an old, very sturdy kneehole desk for storage and whatnot. Unlike the rest of the house, this floor is carpeted (with plush carpet).