This room makeover is sponsored by The Range
Our Conservatory Playroom
Well, we are on to room no . 2 of our home makeover on a budget and the room we are focusing on next is the conservatory/playroom. It is a conservatory but is used as a playroom. Except it is not used as a playroom really either because it’s such a mess. It has an identity crisis and too much stuff in it!
At the moment it is a complete and utter disaster junk room.
Fancy a peek :
The current state of our conservatory playroom
This cupboard was supposed to solve all my storage problems!
Storage problems in our conservatory playroom
We have so many toys a combination of a generous family, too many toys from car boot sales, not getting rid of things and toys sent for review.
I am embarrassed it’s got into this state! So embarrassed we just usually shut the door and forget about it.
I need a 3 stage plan of attack.
Step 1. DECLUTTER our conservatory playroom
Step 2. Design and plan what we want from this conservatory playroom
Step 3. Get this conservatory play room in shape
Off to The Range for some storage boxes! A lot of this stuff HAS to go.
So now we have a plan we can move to step 2 of our makeover
Clearing the clutter
Well, we have been decluttering madly and hugely reduced what we have in there. It was so silly really so much of the stuff was just ‘stuff’ taking up room with no purpose
- completed workbooks and colouring books
- dried up paints
- out of date face paints
- dried up mixed up playdough and plasticine
- old drawings and models
- jigsaws with bits missing
- broken toys
The above just needed sorting and throwing away all of it, except for the old drawings and junk models. I just didn’t have the heart to part with them. They represented part of my children’s development and they had put so much time and effort into them. They couldn’t, however, stay clogging up the playroom so I popped to The Range and purchased these fab art folders. One for each of the kids. These can then hold their precious pictures and be stored easily up in the loft.
For the models they had made, we took photos and popped them in portfolios too then the models were binned in all but one case and for the one that wanted to keep it was properly displayed on a bookcase in the bedroom. Yes, this did take some negotiating.
The second part of the playroom declutter
This was trickier!
1) toys no longer played with (except very occasionally, but still wanted)
2) outgrown toys no one wants to admit are outgrown
3) 3 dolls houses! (it’s a small room)
4) 4 footballs (living in the dolls cot)
5) All my work files and personal documents mingling on a dusty bookcase with games and kids books.
Playroom storage solutions
I used some great Lego storage
as well as some brilliant storage trunks and a gorgeous rainbow tower for all the kid’s craft stuff – such a fun and colourful way to store bits and bobs
So…out grown toys and those rarely played with? Into a storage box with them clearly labelled up the loft. Daddy promises he will bring them down whenever the kids request to play with them. What’s the betting they never do.
One of the dolls house up the loft. One in the shed for garden play and one can stay. Footballs went into the shed too, 1 to be kept in the boot of my car. 1 in the book of daddy’s car.
Decisions are needed when it comes to decluttering. Some people believe it is the putting off of decision that makes clutter in the first place. Well, I tried to declutter by involving the kids but that didn’t work because they kept saying they wanted everything. So cunningly I waited till they went back to school. They barely noticed what I had decluttered but they did play in the room lots more because what was left in there worked, was complete and relevant to the room and they could get to it.
Decluttering merely cost me time and a few storage boxes and cases it has made a HUGE difference.
A vision for the conservatory playroom
Next, we needed a vision for the room. I have picked a few key new pieces from the Range for the playroom. and we need to somehow pull this together. The chair was key. We wanted a relaxing chair that we could sit in to read ( we all adore reading) and look out into the garden. So we chose a gorgeous black Derry swivel chair
We already had white IKEA storge shelves but they looked cluttered and messy. We wanted the room to be fun but still look stylish. We love red and I had my eye on a red rug to warm this room.
We decided to take some advice from Jen at Love Chic Living. Jen is an interiors stylist and lucky for me an old friend. here is her advice
“In terms of styling a playroom, the colour of toys and toy boxes can often overpower the look of the room, so use one accent colour, in this case, red, to create a harmony in the design. Keep everything as streamlined as possible and add lots of fun cushions to complement the colourful storage drawers. Great for the children to lounge around on and to help encourage their play.”
The conservatory playroom reveal
Would you like to have a look at this post to see our final conservatory playroom reveal
We are a bit proud!