I spent a chunk of time this week thoroughly cleaning and rearranging Simon’s room. The corner kitchen is now actually in a corner, he has a dedicated reading nook, and the whole space just feels so much less cluttered. It is definitely a work in progress, and will remain so until we have a place of our own instead of renting (and can paint and redo).
So here is a little tour of the space right now.
As you enter the door, his bookshelf and makeshift reading nook are there. The word “read” used to be centered over the bookshelf (which is a re-painted hand-me-down from my Grandfather), but I slid the shelves over to make room for the cushions. I am currently cutting up some fabric to re-cover the cushions more kid-friendly and colorful. The pillows I used were extras that came with our new couches. His stuffed animals are in a basket beside him when he sits there for easy access snuggling.
Moving around the room, I set up his little kitchen with another hand-me-down piece (a table from Jeramy’s Grandmother that we repainted blue) and two little chairs that were my little brothers as a child. I definitely want to deck out his kitchen a bit more in the future.
On the far wall of the room, is the most neglected area, the changing table. Since we are potty training, we don’t use it as much as we used to. Eventually I will use the top of the built-in bureau there for some toys or something but right now it is all function. (Note the pink ribbon from the balloon hanging there, leftover from my birthday. Balloons are one of Simon’s great obsessions in life.)
Next to that is his cube shelving unit where most of his toys are stored. On top of that I keep the books that must remain out of reach for now, most of which were mine as a kid. Hanging on the wall is a silhouette a good friend made as a gift, another decal that I grabbed from a discount bin at TJ Maxx, and some colorful string lights.