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Monday, January 21, 2008

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em

The house is so bare! I finally took down our Christmas decorations today...Aaaahhh, with the exception of a couple of Christmas photos of the girls, all remnants of the holiday season is stored away. I'm kind of bummed about it. The Christmas decorations, in our home, and elsewhere, just made everything look so festive, especially in our dreary neck of the woods where everything is just dead and brown...We had a good amount of accumelated snow last week Thursday, but by Friday morning the snow was gone and washed away by the rain. So what was a winter wonderland for a short time is now a winter's dreary-land...

Well, instead of returning all of my previous decor, I decided to keep the living room bare for a time. We've been working on some house renovations to give us more living room space, but because of our financial situation, the completion of the room doesn't seem like a near future event. Therefore, for the last several weeks, I've been mulling over the saying "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

While our Christmas decorations were up, I stored DearDaughter1's toys in the laundry room so that the living room space would look like an adult room. The toys have overtaken the laundry room and once again there is no room for me to fold the laundry. Therefore, as I've thought about the saying, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em," I've been thinking about turning our living room into a play room. What I mean is organizing the room so that all the storage areas that I have in the living room is for toys. In addition, adding some playful decor so that the room looks more like it's for the kids. I wouldn't be completely turning it into a playroom. My goal is to make the room look organized enough so that when we have company it can still be used for an adult room, but during the day, toys are easily accessible as well as easily stored. Transporting toys from the laundry room and back on a daily basis just isn't working anymore.

This transformation isn't part of my January goals and so I'll probably dive into this project some time in February. I think at that time I'll also go through DearDaughter1's and DearDaughter2's toys and purge out the ones that aren't being used at this time.

Just wanted to jot down some of my thoughts...

In Pursuit of His Call

1 comment:

Bren said...

Just remember your house is your children's home, and neat and organized toys look just fine in a livingroom. You are such a good mom!!
I did e-mail you back. Let me know if you did not get it. Sometimes my e-mails do not get through because of the business name..it can look like spam I guess???