To complete the space, I added in some shelves to display some coastal elements and really tie it all together. We used 1x10 pine boards from a local lumber yard and purchased brackets from Amazon. Typically, these brackets are black but I sprayed painted the brackets white so they would blend in with the wall. I love how the white brackets are paired with the natural tones of the wood. To ensure that the shelves are flush against the walls, we made sure to cut sections out of the shelves to fit properly. It was pretty simple measuring it out and it really made a huge difference.
As the boys get older, we want to ensure this space can grow with them. I purchased this white table from Pottery Barn Kids. The table is perfect for my littles now, but as they get older, the table grows with them. We got the additional legs for the table so it can later be turned into a regular craft table.
When choosing the color palette for this space, I wanted to keep it neutral creating a room that was relaxing, yet calming. By mixing in colors of white, beige, gray, and natural elements, it provided such a serene atmosphere that we were looking for. Overall, I am so happy with how the space turned out and look forward to seeing the space evolve as the boys get older. Later, I will touch base on how I organize the cabinets with all of their toys.
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Every year I do a little gift baskets for the boys for Valentine's Day. I love seeing there little faces in the morning when they come downstairs to find it! Today, I want to share some items that I got recently incase you are looking to do the same. Ideally, I love filling their baskets with a game, a book, some pajamas, a lovey, a small treat, and a fun craft for the day. Below you can find some of my favorites. My 5yo requested that we decorate for a little family party this year so I will be sharing all those details soon!
It is post Christmas and your house may look like mad chaos --- I know mine does! Toys are literally everywhere. I always try to purge a good portion of our outdated and unused toys before the big day, but I never feel like it is enough. Today I went through more of the boys toys to donate. Now we have a massive pile of items in our basement that needs to be sent off. It has open up some space to make room for some of the newer toys have joined the playroom. For myself, I am a bit OCD so I have to have the toys organized and hidden away. I can tell you that it never stays completely organized. As you know, the littles don't always put them away where they belong so every few weeks I sort through them. We also have a catch all bin in our living room for toys that do not make it back to the playroom. This storage basket gets emptied at the end of the week and put back where it belongs. It is usually filled with their most played toys for the week, so it is easy access for them. As I was sorting through my toys, I thought I'd share with you what toy organization works best for our little family and hopefully helps inspire you to create a less clutter space in your home. I'd say 12/26 most asked question from parents is what do you do for toy storage? I am going to share all the deets below.
Various Storage Baskets
Even though the baskets are hidden, I like to have a variety of different types of baskets that provide different textures to the room. Most of the time our little ones are dragging the baskets out of the cabinet and playing with them in various rooms in the house. It is also key to have different size baskets to accommodate multiple types of toys. Unfortunately two of the baskets shown in the photo above are no longer available, but I have sourced out some comparable ones. I have added captions to each item so you can roughly see what I use them for.
I hope you find this post helpful. I honestly feel that having everything hidden helps promote playtime as little ones will only pull out one item/basket and focus on that one thing for a short period of time. Much like myself, when I am surrounded by clutter, I tend to lose focus and it is hard for me to concentrate. By keeping items organized, it helps when one of my littles are looking for something specific that I can easily find it for them. Playrooms do not always needs to be chaotic - they can be organized chaos.