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Toddle Along Tuesday - Playroom Sanctuary

Our starter home was a great place to live, but with only one child at the time we soon realized that our house was being taken over by toys.  We've pleaded with family and friends that they boys don't need anything, but to no avail.  DH and I are not good at saying no to things either, so when we were looking for a new home, a basement/playroom area dedicated solely to the mess was at the top of our list.

We love the layout of our current house which includes this sweet 400 sq. foot space.  We had the unfortunate issue last spring with the basement that we are still dealing with the county over, but we really wanted to get it back to working order ASAP, especially now that we had 2 little monsters to tear it up.

I will admit there was a wee bit of staging for these pictures, but mostly just toys were put in their places and not all over the floor.  I've been able to find some awesome things at garage sales for just a few dollars that the boys love(table, car/train table, fire station).

The Playroom also serves as our guestroom so we have a nice new sleeper sofa down there which I've told myself I won't cry too much about when the first stain appears on it.

<<<---this shelf is full of my oldest son's toys and the one in the lower picture with my youngest son's toys that are geared towards infants more.  Craft items (workbooks, crayons, paints, paper, etc.) are stored in the white container on top.

I've got some of the bins organized with toys, but I find that things still get mixed together.  I don't mind that as long as it is put away.
My go to organization units are the Expedit Shelves from Ikea.  I can't rave enough about them.  They are a great value for the price, sturdy, and extremely versatile.  I'll admit that I own 5 of them in my house.  (Bonus--If you are a scrapbooker, they fit 12x12 albums perfectly)  I do wish they offered some better colors for the bins though.

Last but not least, here is my favorite feature of our playroom -- The Door.  I can shut it and keep all of the chaos and clutter out of sight, out of mind!

I'm Linking up with Mama G at Growing up Geeky! for this post today so head over there to see some more playrooms.


  1. Looks like you have a ton of space; I'm jealous!

  2. We are currently searching for a new home as we have outgrown our tiny 1961 ranch (with a 22 month old and an 8 month old, it happened pretty quick) and the first thing on the list: PLAYROOM! I am so jealous of all your space! I'm following you now from the blog hop. Come visit and follow back, if you like what you see of course!


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