Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Soggy, swampy, Louisiana
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I have always known my children would have a playroom. Bedrooms are for sleeping.
We live in a 700 square foot 2 br apartment. Here's our set up.
Our living area is a playroom. It's important to me that ben be in view at all times. I would not consider putting the playroom in a bedroom, attic, basement, etc where he would be secluded from the rest of the house. We have a small table and chairs, a set of Yaffa Blocks and a small plastic cart that hold toys. Dolls and the art box go on top. Each shelf holds one category of toys(Dressups, blocks, emergency vehicles etc.) If there are toys that haven;t been played with in a while, I put them in a closet. Every month or 2 I sift through the toys and remove whatever isn;t seeing much use and pull out somethings he hasn;t seen in a while. we don't keep very amny toys out at one time, but there aren;t any toys that sit around taking up space.
There is a love seat, Tv, vcr, ps2 and another small seat in this room, for our use.
Next is the dining area. There is no definition in the 2 rooms. The love seat nearly touches the dining table. In one corner, we have a small toy kitchen for ben and a bucket of playfood.
The kitchen is off limits most of the time. We have a gate that we really don;t use very much anymore.
We all sleep in one bedroom. Ben's clothes go in the closet, we have a triple wide dresser with diapers and a radio on top. there are 3 small bookshelves and a cassette rack that hold all of Ben's books and all of our movies and cds. Ben's movies are in the cassette rack so that he knows which movies are ok for him to watch.
We have a full size bed and ben's "ChooChoo" toddler bed is next ours. It's a good sized room, so there is still a little room on the floor for Ben to sit and read his books.
The second bedroom is the "baby free zone". The computer desk, dh;s and my bookshelves and my sewing room are in here. Basicly everything that Ben can;t touch is in here. The rest of the house is his to wonder freely. It;s a very tight little room. There is a futon on the floor where dh's brother sleeps when he comes to stay on the weekends. When he graduates in May he will be coming to live here with us. We were hoping to buy a house by then, but that's looking exceptionally unlikely. The house will have 3 bedrooms, so one actual bedroom for bil and later he'll share it with Ben.