In my home I try to have as much open space as possible. This is so that I can keep my options open of what I choose to fill my home with re, furniture and personal items, but it can also help to make my home feel bigger… or it does to me.
When you have free space it allows your home to feel larger and more open, and this can make it a more relaxing, enjoyable place to be. That said, with two young boys now in the house it is far from clutter free and many evenings once they are finally asleep – albeit for short periods for the little one, the last thing on my mind is clearing away the toys and making it tidy. This means it can often feel crowded, messy and a space I can no longer claim to be relaxing nor my own.
As a parent, the toys and mess are par for the course – they come with the job so to speak however it doesn’t make me like it any more. You’d think that babies don’t need a lot of material items but I find this is completely the opposite – the things they do need are bigger and bulkier and much harder to hide away. Jacob has his rocking chair, Moses basket and a Playmat which aren’t exactly small and can’t be tucked away in a cupboard.
Recently one of my neighbours has had a beautiful conservatory built and it has me day dreaming of an extension of some kind in our garden/home to use as a day room. I can already envisage this being filled with storage units for the children’s toys, it would be nice for them to have somewhere to play in years to come (hopefully nicely without arguments), somewhere to store the Lego creations and not have to break them down and tidy away .
I can already picture an art wall, somewhere I can frame their artwork and not worry about it not fitting in with our household décor which I spent the majority of my pregnancy working hard to re-paint and re-decorate.
I really don’t mind whether this room is a conservatory style building, although it would of course me nice to have a nice bright room to take blog pictures (a bloggers nightmare is no natural lighting for our photo’s), price is always a factor in these big renovations sadly. I would be just as happy to have the extra room and perhaps add the lighting factor with the addition of bespoke slimline aluminum roof lanterns, adding a little wow factor to what could perhaps be a boring ceiling and of course the kids will enjoy looking up at the clouds too.
With a new kids space/day room, in the evenings even if I were as tired as I current am I could just shut the door or pull the curtains and forget about the toys if I just can’t be bothered to put them away – who doesn’t dream of a clutter free adult living area after all?
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