Wish you could organize the living room for adult space?
Are you looking to organize the living room and reclaim a little of the adult space again? Have you stepped on Barbie’s shoes one too many times and wish you could organize the living room into a adult rest and relax space for just one evening?
Reclaiming adult space is a common theme for many parents. No matter how much they love their children, at there comes a time when many parents crave a lego-free zone, even for just a short period.
Organizing the living room by banning Barbie, her shoes and the lego altogether may not be possible, or even desirable, for your family and home. The living room frequently serves as a multi-purpose space. In the absence of a large recreation or family room, the living room is sometimes adult relax space, Barbie’s house and lego creation central all at the same time.
Here are 4 steps that you can use to organize the living room to help keep Barbie, the lego and any other toys in check so that when needed, the living room can be the rest and refresh space the adults in your household are looking for.
Step 1 – Identify Easily Accessible Storage Space
Look around and study where you might find storage for toys and other children’s items in the living room. Storage space, which children can access, doesn’t have to be complicated. Look for space under tables, a shelf on a book shelf, a shelf in an entertainment unit, storage in an ottoman.
Step 2 – Contain the Chaos
Gather up the toys and see what can be parked where. Identify a new home for the items. Larger items can go under tables. Smaller items can be stowed in containers on shelves, under the coffee table or on a book shelf.
Step 3 – Source out Storage Containers Complimentary to your Living Room Decor
Sure, toy storage can be bright and cheerful and kid friendly. It can also be adult and decor friendly. While lego may need to be stored in some form of sorting container, the finished products can be displayed with pride on the bookshelves an entertainment unit. Consider using a glass coffee table with a shelf and the finished lego items become decorations themselves.
Step 4 – Build tidy up time into play time
Once each item has a home, and the home has been put into place, the next step is to teach the children to use those containers and return their toys, books and lego to their homes. In my experience, children understand that they go home after playtime so the toys and books also need to go home after play time. When we teach them that the toys need to go home to after playtime, clean up is done by the kids, not the adults.