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We bought this house earlier this year and are still working out all the kinks. It's a split floorplan (Master downstairs, 2 bedrooms+ loft upstairs) so right now it doesn't work well with small children (5.5, 1.5) Ds will sleep upstairs but doesn't prefer to. Dd is still cosleeping but I'd like to eventually move her out of our bed (sooner than later).<br><br>
We have a very open floor plan. There is a decent sized room attached to the living room downstairs that we used as an office when we first moved in. DH works from home sometimes so it seemed ideal. The problem is, he can't any work down in there because it's so loud downstairs when the kids are home. We also used to have the playroom upstairs in the loft. It never got used though because I'm never upstairs and the kids want to be on the same level as me.<br><br>
So we switched the office to upstairs and the playroom to downstairs.<br><br>
We're thinking of enclosing the room (the former office, now playroom) and turning into a bedroom dd and ds could share. That way they would both be on our level. Then dd's "room" upstairs (which basically serves as a guest room and holds all her clothing) would become dh's office so he can close the door (the loft is too open), ds's room would become the new guest room and the loft would be my sewing room.<br><br>
With me so far? The problem is, this plan would elminate a playroom. I guess we've had a playroom so long that it's hard for me to envision not having one, but I know lots of people do it. Honestly I do feel a little excited at the notion of mass purging all the millions of junky toys and just keeping a few select quality toys in their room for them to play with. Does that actually work with kids these ages? I really don't want the living room to turn into a playroom which is what I'm afraid will happen.<br><br>
I would love any and all ideas!!!
 

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We never had a playroom until a couple of months ago. (My oldest is 6.)<br><br>
I really enjoy having one, but it's convenient in my house since it's right off the kitchen. My boys do sleep upstairs while we sleep down, but they share a room, so they're okay with it.<br><br>
I could live without it if I had to, but I think it's a great thing for the stage of life that we're in.
 

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We've lived without one and it works for us! DS has all of his toys in his room and he has one basket of toys in the living room along with a small craft table.<br><br>
In a sense, their bedroom would be their play room, no? Since they'd probably spend a lot more time there if they're close to you and will use it more often.<br><br>
While I like the idea of a playroom, the huge quantity of "stuff" it would hold and to try to keep up with it all sounds overwhelming. I think your plan would create a much more scerene feeling throughout your house for everyone.
 

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I don't think it's necessary but it sure is nice to have a room full of toys that you can shut the door to.<br><br>
That said, your plan sounds good to me.
 

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The plan sounds okay for now- but I can envision a time when you DS will have toys/ books that he doesn't want the baby to mess with- I'm thinking intricate Lego creations and the like. I think you'd end up having to shift it all around again within a couple years as your kids get older...<br><br>
We've never had a playroom and have always had tons of toys in the LR... The toys would start in her room, but then gravitate. Plus stuff like a toy kitchen or playstands were just big to have in her room, and she wanted to be where I was anyway...
 

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Another issue and this will probably sound strange is other children from school. Even with what I view as hoards of toys, ds has had kids from school over complaining that we don't have enough toys or enough cool toys because we don't have a zillion transformers or whatever other toys kids his age play with. I know I should teach ds not to care but I could tell it still hurt him. We've encountered this strange phenomenon since ds started school, of meeting kids who don't know how to play. (if that makes any sense) like they need lots of cool flashy toys that tell them exactly how to play with them or lots of parent directed play. This is probably a whole different topic but it kind of ties in. My kids seem to just play with whatever. If we're somewhere that there aren't toys for a while, then they create toys if that makes any sense.
 

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We currently have a playroom, but we're considering turning it into a Montessori school room. The plan would be to put Montessori stuff in the playroom and put a paired-down amount of toys along the wall in the dining room.<br><br>
Do you have a section of space (like a corner of the living room or dining room) that you could convert to a small play area?
 

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We don't have a playroom, but we do have a large living room area (like 20 feet long) and one end of it is the "toy" area. But it's completely open to the rest of the living room and the kitchen. It works out very nicely for us and DS is good about keeping the toys in that area.<br><br>
Do your kids use the playroom now? If not, then I don't see a reason to keep it as is. If they do use it, I'd probably hold onto it if you really don't want the toys in the living room...if you put beds and dressers in there probably won't be enough space to play anymore.
 

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We don't have a playroom in this house. The boys share a room and have all their toys in there. What would be the playroom is now awaiting a baby (that won't be sleeping in there anyways lol)... but the boys have always prefered to share a room <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I think your plan sounds "ok"... my only hesitation is because of the large-ish age gap between your kids I'd think your DS will have toys that you DD shouldn't be playing with at a young age.
 

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Your house sounds very similar to mine. But we don't have a playroom. As a result we have to be very selective about what toys we have. I keep a couple of bins of toys in the living room and the rest are in their bedroom. They don't have very many there either. Outside we have a wooden playset, scooters, a sandbox, and other outdoor toys so I sort of consider that their playroom in the summer. Not having a playroom just teaches you to be more disciplined so that you're not drowing in toy clutter!
 

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We have a playroom but my kids will NOT play in it. They insist in bringing all their toys in the living room. Drives me nuts!
 

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no play room here either. we have a wall of bookcases in the family room instead of an entertainment center. bottom shelf is all baskets (6 total) of toys. some additional toys in the hall closet. it works well for us.
 

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We also do not have a playroom. The kids each have a few (4 or 5) stuffed animals/dolls in their rooms and the rest of the toys are on a book shelf in the livingroom.<br><br>
They have:
<ul><li>1 shelf of books (which get rotated out according to season)</li>
<li>1 basket of balls & bean bags</li>
<li>1 basket of cars</li>
<li>1 basket of animals</li>
<li>1 big basket of legos</li>
<li>a small container for "treasure"</li>
<li>1 basket of misc. toys</li>
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Then we also have a dollhouse with a basket of furniture & people, a basket of blocks (unit & tree blocks), and a basket of dress up/play silks.<br><br>
Typing it out, it sounds like alot, but other than the 3 big things listed separately it all fits on 3 shelves on the bookcase. We also have a small cabinet/nature table in the livingroom where they keep their outdoor finds and a hutch in the diningroom for arts & crafts and the few board games we have.<br><br>
We try to live by the "less is more" theory, especially when it comes to toys.
 

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We have a playroom / schoolroom. Totally unnecessary but very nice to hide the toys and school stuff away from the living area. Though, like a PP mentioned, 99% of the time they are playing elsewhere in the house or outside. I guess its really more of a storage area.
 

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We rearranged our house last fall so that we now do have a playroom. I love it. It keeps their rooms much cleaner, the playroom is big enough that we can keep it organized and it gives them tons of room to play.
 

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Yes, as we speak, my children are running around with boxes on their heads, which they've been playing with all morning, and we have a playroom!<br><br>
Our previous house did not have a playroom and that was just fine. We had way less toys than we do now and if my kids didn't play with something, I got rid of it, to keep our house from getting cluttered.<br><br>
Our current house has a playroom and if it is a mess, I don't mind so much. The rest of the house is not cluttered with toys, we get to cleaning the playroom eventually, I don't worry about it. My kids also have numerous toys in their rooms. This is where we keep toys we don't want the baby getting due to small parts or possessiveness on the part of the owner, KWIM?<br><br>
When I was growing up, we didn't have a playroom and neither did any of my friends that I recall. No one turned out any worse for the wear. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I think you do what works best for your kids, your house, your lifestyle.<br><br>
Sidenote to Foxinthesnow, I'm a BFAR mom, too!
 

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We've never had a playroom that worked. I think I always tried to have one available, but no one ever played in it - so I gave up and use the room for whatever it works best for.<br><br>
I think your plan sounds good. Plus, you can always change things again, if/when it stops working for you.
 

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