After the holiday buzz died off a little--we realized our daughter had accumulated a good deal of toys. Honestly, I was feeling a little bad about the fact that she didn't have much to play with, so when Christmas came around, my family took care of that. Hey, that's what families are for, right?
And seriously? Toys (especially at these developmental ages) are good for them. Books? Those are great too. We love toys and books. Anything to keep the wheels a turnin'.
After Christmas, the toy situation (and addition of more books which we also asked for) was solved.
We had a big problem.
You see, we live in a townhouse. Nothing huge. No fancy "playroom". No room or closet we can just stuff a bunch of toys in or whisk our kid(s) away to in efforts to keep the rest of the house clean.
We needed space to store toys. Space for some of her books. Space for her to sit (in the future) and color, play with play-dough, or whatever.
No extra room available. But, we had a vacant'ish corner. After the Christmas tree came down, we decided not to put back up the
tv tray end table, and decided we'd get a toybox instead.
And? That weird little cut out nook is used for NOTHING. So, we decided to turn it into something useful, which also includes a place to store some books.
Now before you go and think I'm insane--I do realize that my 8 month old can't quite sit on a chair yet. But, while we were at Ikea, we figured we'd just get the cute little table that fits oh so nicely in there. Besides, I'm not sure yet if I'm keeping the table in there or not. I'm contemplating stuffing some pillows in the nook instead and making it a cozy reading corner.
[Please ignore that ugly white cord that I just drew attention to. That will NOT remain like that, I swear.]
See that cute print in there? Lovessss it. My brother got it for Emeline as a Christmas gift and its part of an artists limited print-set. I wasn't quite sure where we'd put it, but voila! perfecto.
Isn't it precious?
And my little pants-less girlie is enjoying the space already. During the day, that whole area looks like a huge bomb of toys went off. But it's so nice to tuck them away in that cute little toybox during naptimes and before bedtime to re-gain the semi-clean look again.
[Andddd--we don't normally keep our curtain like that but our little booger likes to tug at them. So, I had to hide the ends of them behind the toybox. I know, it's tough being this brilliant.]
So, we made do with the space we have. What do you think?