It has been such an eye opening experience and enjoyable process for myself and my family since we started living a more minimalist lifestyle and simplifying our home last summer. The most exciting aspect of all of this is being able to create a space for our kids that allows them to learn, create and imagine. We have spent so much time and effort painting, purging and decorating a space that our kids will hopefully enjoy for years to come and I am so excited to share it with you and the process we used to create our simplified playroom.
We focused on key toys, simple decor and an open floor plan that would give the kids lots of room to run around. I am excited to share with you the finished space.
4 Ways to Create A Simplified Playroom
Commit To A Major Toy Purge
I can not even begin to tell you how much lighter our home feels, our kids feel and how I feel at the end of the day with less clutter and toys. It’s the most amazing feeling spending your days actually enjoying and playing with your kids, rather than constantly picking up mountains of toys. Spend a few days and focus on what your kids are playing with. If you really look, you will notice that out of all the toys they have, the same handful probably is played with day in and day out. Keep those and donate the others, or keep a few to use as part of a monthly toy rotation. Throw out any toys that are broken, missing pieces, or that your kids have outgrown. Keep toys that allow for all kinds of open-ended play (objects that have tons of uses and possibilities) and that can be used for multiple age groups.
Choose A Few Key Toys For Play
When you finish purging all of the toys, the next step is to decide the types of toys you want your kids to have access to. Everything that kids have for toys should be displayed out where it can be seen. We keep other toys, like battery operated ones, in a box that we use as part of our monthly toy rotation. There is nothing wrong with toys that light up and make sounds but because they can be mastered easily and don’t allow for much imagination on a child’s end, we don’t keep many around as they simply don’t get used for any length of time. Building blocks, books, puzzles, wooden trains and Isla’s Little People collection are always kept out for easy access. The key to our playroom is thoughtful, open-ended toys, and areas to be creative and where they can use their imaginations.
Create Designated Areas
I knew we had to have a big table for Isla to colour and do crafts on. We purchased the Ikea Lack table and it’s a perfect size. It keeps all of her smaller craft items in one spot and allows for lots of creative time. We also made an area to keep all of her play clothes together and other types of dress up items. Nash’s baby toys are also kept in the basket so we know where they are at all times. Her dollhouse area is set up in one spot and so is the play kitchen which also doubles as more storage for books and kitchen accessories. Things are easily accessible having these areas setup and it makes it easy to put everything away at the end of the day when you know where it has to go.
I spent months trying to find a few things to decorate the playroom with but I was having a lot of trouble finding items that worked with this space and weren’t too over the top. My husband painted the walls a very beautiful pale yellow, I added two tassel garlands which I love to make and even incorporated a book nook that also doubles as wall decor. I found a fun pineapple hanger at Homesense that I knew would add a perfect touch, as well as being a fun spot to hang Isla’s dress-up clothes. The plush elephant head was also found at Homesense and the other hanging items I kept aside when we were purging other areas of our home. I initially envisioned a huge gallery wall with tons of pictures but when I finally got everything up, I realized that it was perfect the way it came together and I fell in love with the simplicity of the walls.
We have had a few weeks to play in our new playroom and we love it! Isla loves showing it off to everyone and it is such a calming, yet fun space. Every toy gets played with, Isla can spend hours imagining, and clean up at the end of the day takes no more than 5 minutes. It’s all a win-win in my books.
Do you have a designated play area for your kids? Let me know in the comments below.