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post #21 of 35
Sorry you are sick.


We bought our house for several reasons, one of which is the daylight basement. It is our family room, playroom, computer room, craft room, laundry room, tv room, music room, etc. I love it. It is shaped like a rectangle. One small wall and one half a long wall are toy storage. They have shelves and bins like pottery barn but from Target. It looks great when we clean up. It has a small table and chairs in the middle and the play kitchen roams around that area. The couch divides that area from the family area. The family area has one half wall of built in shelves and two desks. That is for crafts and computers. The other small wall has the tv, stereo, and CDs under the windows. The other half of the long wall with toys has the fireplace. Between the tv and the couch are some open space for playing and a coffee table. The dollhouse is over here as it is pretty and I like to look at it. The cat condo and air purifier are on this side, too. The rest of the room has a doorway leading to the stairs, one closet for storage, one utility closet for storage and it has the utility sink, one closet for the furnace, and a large closet for the washer and dryer.

It is a great setup and helps keep the rest of the house clean. We do bring toys upstairs when we have company but they are in bins and get put away when done. My older dd has her special and super small toys in her room but she hardly ever plays in there. We spend most of our time in the basement. Even though I did not design it, it is perfect.
post #22 of 35
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I really love the idea of bins for storage. I'll have to check out Ikea and Target. It would be nice that each set of toys has its designated space/bin.
post #23 of 35
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I need to get susanka's books back out and reread, for sure.

Any other takers?
post #24 of 35
Hey mamas. I'm going to bump this over to storage and organization in household management. You can probably do a search and find more threads on the same topic there as well.
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post #26 of 35
Please post pics everyone else if possible. Some of your ideas sound so lovely, but would love to see pictures.
post #27 of 35
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kmcmommy, thanks for the pics! It really helps to see how others arrange things!
I'd love to see more from the others as well!
post #28 of 35
Oh, there is a thread of natural/waldorf playrooms in the waldorf forum. There's lots of pictures there of waldorf and not so waldorf playrooms. It's really nice to see other peoples ideas in pictures.

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=631729

One thing you can do is set up your family room in such a way that the kids have a little nook behind a couch where they have a little play spot, but you don't have to see it all the time either.

When my kids were younger (and they are not that old right now), I did make room in the family room for their toys, but now that they are all older, they don't really have a problem playing in their rooms. So now the family room is a more adult space. I do allow them to bring toys into it, but they always have to be brought back to their rooms when they are done. And I do one last check for toys at night.

However, the adjoining dining room and its table sees a lot of action because that's where they do arts and crafts and texture play (playdoh, playing with dried rice and beans) and sorting activities (buttons, small erasers, etc).

I'm a big fan of the 9 cube cubbies from Target and have used it for toy storage and art supply storage. They are pretty versatile, the only thing I wish is that it was real wood and not particleboard, but for now, it's doable.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...artstorage.jpg

This lives literally off the side of my dining room and it works out nicely for me and it keeps their art supplies handy, and they can still be near me as I'm usually in the kitchen or living room.
post #29 of 35
We have a playroom. I really love it. I just have 2 bedrooms, so I moved dd's bed (which is just a waste of space anyway) and turned my room into the family bedroom, and her room into the playroom.

Her room is the smaller of the 2, and I've actually thought about switching them, since we don't do anything but sleep in the bedroom. I'm buying a house (hopefully!) this summer, so I decided it's too much effort for now. Plus I can see that room from the living room, so if I am folding laundry or cooking dinner (or playing on MDC) I can peek in and see her easily.

This is the playroom:
http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...t=DSC04052.jpg
http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...t=DSC04047.jpg
http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...t=DSC04049.jpg

She has another shelf with more books and toys on it in the hall, which would fit in the room, but I don't want to crowd it. The one wall you don't see in the pics has 2 big mirror sliding doors that open into her closet. I think mirrors are a great addition to any playroom, my dd loves to admire herself LOL. HTH!
post #30 of 35
delphinium, i need pics!!
off to see the pics posted.
at the moment i have serious playmobil storage issues, and i long for a wall of open shelving. i do have an ikea expedit cube storage...but playmobil just doesn't fit very well in there. either in baskets, too much digging, or no room for buildings in the cubes. sigh. what we need is more space, and less stuff.

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post #31 of 35
I am subbin' b/c I'm always looking for good ideas.
post #32 of 35
Toy storage in the playroom

Games and trains

art supplies

kids' room

books and puzzles

dd's stuff

built in with LEGO structures and building toys in bins


basement play area

I'm constantly trying to de-clutter the kids' room . . . they have so much (all of the non-baby friendly toys have to be up there instead of in the playroom). They also have a small storage area that we're in the process of making into a hideaway for them.

I plan on buying one of these for the gated off Playmobil area. Then the kids can have their LEGOs, KNEX, and other building things (no more than what can fit in the bins) in the fabric cubes that go with them. It's low enough that the zoo can sit on the top. They go on sale for 39.99 from time to time around here. It will go under the big windows in the playroom.
post #33 of 35
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Originally Posted by Jess A View Post
Toy storage in the playroom

Games and trains

art supplies

kids' room

books and puzzles

dd's stuff

built in with LEGO structures and building toys in bins


basement play area

I'm constantly trying to de-clutter the kids' room . . . they have so much (all of the non-baby friendly toys have to be up there instead of in the playroom). They also have a small storage area that we're in the process of making into a hideaway for them.

I plan on buying one of these for the gated off Playmobil area. Then the kids can have their LEGOs, KNEX, and other building things (no more than what can fit in the bins) in the fabric cubes that go with them. It's low enough that the zoo can sit on the top. They go on sale for 39.99 from time to time around here. It will go under the big windows in the playroom.
You are inspiring me to get more organized around here! My boys love Legos, the tiny, tiny ones. Even the 3 year old loves to play with them (although he can't build with them yet, really). They are everywhere. I used to have a Target 3-tiered thing, but it broke and then I didn't replace it. We have a metal bin with tons of Legos in it, but I need to come up with something that can organize these small parts in a way that my older son can SEE everything and know what Legos make what kind of thing (spacehip pieces in one, submarine pieces in another, you get the idea). Right now we have the sets separated in Ziplocs, but that doesn't always work, either. :
post #34 of 35
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We have a metal bin with tons of Legos in it, but I need to come up with something that can organize these small parts in a way that my older son can SEE everything and know what Legos make what kind of thing (spacehip pieces in one, submarine pieces in another, you get the idea). Right now we have the sets separated in Ziplocs, but that doesn't always work, either.
My son likes to keep the kits together, so we keep those in gallon sized baggies with the instructions.

The rest are all thrown into a bin and dumped out when they want to play with them. We don't have specific pieces, though, just a bunch of bricks in all shapes and sizes.

I've read of some people using under the bed bins . . . they are long and narrow and the LEGO pieces can spread out a lot making everything visible. You can also keep structures you're building in the bins and shove the whole thing under the bed out of the way when you need to clean up (if your structure is not too big).

My kids LOVE building toys, so we have a lot of them. I can't wait until the baby is past the mouthing stage so we can bring them all back on the main level (I must admit I love building things, too).
post #35 of 35
Jess-Yep, we've been keeping the smaller Legos that are sets in gallon ziplocs, too (with the instructions). My son actually likes to keep the boxes for a while, too. Until we have to throw them out b/c they're taking up too much space. We also have two of those under the bed flat and low storage containers that you mention. They currently keep all the Playmobil stuff. Did I mention my son likes to build? A lot? I always want to encourage him to build, but keeping up with all these little pieces is slowly driving me batty.
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