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Before kids, I loved decorating our home. I loved swapping things out for the seasons, having cute things on the coffee tables, end tables, and our wedding photos out on display. There were no locks on the cabinets, there were breakable things well within reach, and I tried to keep things as trendy as I knew how. When the kids entered our family, some things got put away and breakables were moved somewhere not in reach of them, but overall, I was still able to decorate- just in a different way. Our main living room and dining room serves all purposes: living area, craft area, Lego building table, reading nook, theater room, and eating area. Over the course of the winter, we tend to hibernate in these two rooms, and now that spring is here, I was ready to freshen up this space!
Get creative with storage.
My blue hutch houses my good china (in keepsake boxes) and the arts and crafts supplies. This gives the kids freedom to get the crayons and markers out by themselves, but also ensures that they have a spot to be put away. It’s never perfectly organized because the kids get things out and put back away on their own, but every several weeks or so, I take things out and reorganize for them.
When things are put away, I give it a quick wipe down and voila- you would never know the artsy goodness that lies underneath! I am still trying to “decorate” the top of this hutch, but haven’t found anything I am in love with just yet. As long as it’s cleaned off and not overflowing with stuff, it’s a win.
Another area that serves double is the end table that Brandon built for me. By day? This is Brayden’s favorite spot in the house.
He is always assembling Legos over here, moving the books and sometimes the flower vase so that he can sprawl out. At the end of the day, this is a more accurate representation of what I wanted this table for.
One of my favorite photos, two of my favorite coffee table books, and a cute thrifted vase of fake flowers. These items can easily be moved by Brayden (not breakable!) so that this table will always be able to serve double duty.
Let them be kids.
I will admit, it used to drive me insane when the kids had all of their stuff sprawled out all over the dining room table and living room floor. However, my mom always tells me that they just want to be where I am, and I should just leave them be. 99% of the time, this is what is going on in the dining room.
Currently, followed by this in my living room:
I never want to squash my kids’ creative abilities, so we have had to compromise with some rules. At the end of the day, the crayons and markers all get put back, and the floor gets picked up, too. That way, when the kids go to bed, I can relax in a living room that doesn’t look like Crayola’s headquarters. It has taken lots of patience on my end, but we are all happier this way. This house was meant to be lived in, and I never want the kids to be afraid to do just that.
Rearrange decor for a spring clean feel.
When the winter dust has left, I find myself wanting to brighten things up for spring. I rearrange the things on the hutches, change out my printables to something more spring like, and give everything a deep clean. You wouldn’t believe the amount of Legos I find under the hutches, even when I am sweeping regularly!
Fabuloso® all purpose cleaner is my new secret weapon. With just 1/4 cup to a gallon of warm water, I can quickly and effective clean all of our winter hibernated areas and get things smelling spring like and fresh. The Lavender is my favorite! Nothing better than a calming scent in the midst of getting a good spring clean in.
I love rearranging decor, adding new books to my end tables, and breathing life into a space that has been really lived in all winter long.
Do you get the itch to spring clean? Look at your local WalMart for Fabuloso® to give you a boost while you tackle your living areas for a spring overhaul! They will be on a special end cap this week!
What rooms in your house serve double or even triple duty?