Our house isn't very big, but it's perfect for us. The kids each have their own rooms, we have ours, a great kitchen and main living area, but what our house doesn't have, is that typical basement playroom space. The living room is so open yet small, that there isn't really any space to put many of the kids toys. So their play space has been either their rooms, or outside. Which is not a big deal. My hubby and I didn't grow up with a play room, and I don't think we suffered from it.
But I did find that something wasn't working here for us. We are fortunate to have 2 spare rooms in the house, one of which is my craft room (the smaller one of the two actually). But I spent the last year and a half, since we moved actually, trying to decide what to do with the other spare room. It had my computer desk, an easel and a small bookshelf, and well... that was pretty much it. There was so many possibilities, but none really made sense for our needs and life style for the stage our kids are at and what our life is like. And all of a sudden, it dawned on me.
A Waldorf style play room!
I don't know why I never thought of it before. My kids clearly could use a play space that is upstairs with the rest of the main living area, a space to be that is close to where the rest of the family spends their time. Before we moved into our house, we lived in an apartment and I tried really hard to make the living room an inviting play space for the kids, Waldorf style, with all their natural toys in that space. They loved it. They were included, they felt invited, it was great.
So with this new idea in my head, I got to work right away.
Well, this is not what the "right away" part looked like. It's embarrasing really. This room had become a dumping grounds to craft show table cloths, shelving and stands, finished crafts in plastic bins, papers and magazines that needed sorting and everything else in between.
This is what the real before looked like.
I only had enough floor space to walk to and from the computer desk. Don't judge please. I know I'm not the only one having a room like this in their home at one point or another. But I got through almost the entire mess that next day!
I don't have much money to spend on redoing a room, so I wanted to use what we have as much as possible. So I moved the kids table and chairs there, and set up their market in the room as well. I moved my computer desk out of the room, but that meant replacing it with our hedgehog's "cage" in that space, since I didn't have any extra space for the desk in the house.
I moved my books from the bookshelf, and replaced it with their blocks and baskets of natural toys and art supplies.
The kids were so excited at first, but then it became clear that it still wasn't quite working. It wasn't inviting enough. The room felt cramped and dark, as even with those two windows, it's never really bright there.
So today, I removed the market. I figured they can put it up once in a while, but it was taking up too much visual and floor space. Arianne wanted to take her rainbow garland from her room and set it up here, so we did, and we also set up their map, that was once in another part of the house. They use the old vintage coffee table/magazine rack as a stovetop too, which is great!
I just started making window stars yesterday for the first time, so the first ones I made were for their windows, and I had a rainbow floor lamp in another room, that I brought in for extra lighting.
(Window stars also now available in my shop, you can find them here)
I slightly reorganized the bookshelf (still missing a bucket at the moment of the picture, hence the stamps loosely put on the top).
Instead of going out and buy brand new things, sometimes what we have is enough.
We just need a little imagination to make it work :)