having a child means you're going to have a lot of STUFF, it's inevitable. but what you do with all of that stuff and how you display it, is up to you. i personally believe that you don't have to sacrifice your personal style + taste just because you have children and it IS possible to live in a clutter free home with kids. i know, i know.. that sounds crazy and nearly impossible. but i assure you, it's not! let me explain.
since moving in, i've arranged and rearranged our belongings numerous times (sorry dave!) in an attempt to figure out the best fit for me and my families daily routine. upon all of this arranging, i decided that having places throughout the house for elias was essential. i didn't want his toys shoved in a corner or dumped into a huge basket, where the toys on the bottom would never be touched. i also wanted elias to know where he could find certain toys, books or puzzles of his when and if he wanted them.
with that being said, i've created several spaces throughout our home that hold toys and books just for elias. my favorite of those spaces, is a little nook i put together in our living room by the window. i was inspired to turn this corner into a place for him after attending a birthday party where there were children size tables + chairs set up. elias loved sitting at his table and i knew right then, that i wanted to get one for him. the problem i had was figuring out where i could put it. he didn't have the space in his room and our spare room wasn't an option either. it only made sense for it to be downstairs in the main living area. so i went searching.
a couple weeks later, i stumbled upon a beautiful, black round table with 2 chairs for sale on a local online furniture shop. the style of the chairs were exactly my taste and the price was on point. after we brought the table + chairs home, i asked dave to dig out our bookshelf from storage. like i had imagined, the shelf fit perfect. from there, it was all about arranging his belongings and making it suitable for him.
the baskets on the bottom shelf hold puzzles, coloring books and books. the middle shelf holds toys that i change out often from his toy basket on the floor. and the top shelf holds a plant and his framed artwork. i plan to hang string + clothespins above the shelf to hold more of his artwork, but decided to do that once he got a little bigger and his interest in creating art grows. for now, a simple round mirror hangs in that place.
the space is functional, kid friendly and pleasing to the eye. he spends most of his time in this corner when we're downstairs. he knows it's his space and goes there often to read, play with his puzzles or eat. i love watching him choose a book and climb up in his chair to read it. it's so sweet and makes me so happy that we created this little nook for him.
how do you incorporate your kid's belongings into your home?
until next time,
r + d + e
where it came from: table + chairs//local buy, bookshelf//family heirloom, picture frame//target, plant holder//target (from the dollar section), wooden crate//michael's craft store, kid's food tray//ezpz