I often get asked, “What should I put on top of my kitchen cabinets?”, Almost always I want to say, “Nothing at all!”
A dedicated playroom in your home can be a great benefit for keeping the kids occupied and safe, while allowing you to concentrate on life’s daily chores. But to accomplish this, it is critical to properly plan and design the room from the onset. All kids have different likes and needs, and the playroom must be designed to address those interests.
In addition, you must consider that your kids will grow faster than you think, and the playroom will no doubt be used less and less as the kid’s get older and develop other interests. So unless the budget is not a factor, you probably don’t want to invest in expensive kid’s furnishings at this early age, since the room may change purpose and personality in only a few years.
Ready, Set….Start Planning
September is the start of the busiest time of year. For me, it’s also the beginning of a lot of planning and organizing that will need to get done in the next 4 months. From now through Christmas, the pace seems to speed up a little, lots of activities, lots of shopping, lots of cooking, lots of family. And if you’re not organized, the stress level can spike rapidly!
So what’s the key to getting, and staying organized? A system…a designated area or space dedicated to scheduling, planning, notes, mail, and the biggest source of clutter, paper. This “system” can be placed in any area of the house, but for it to be most effective, I suggest you consider an area that is visible and accessible to everyone in the family…the laundry room, the mud room or the kitchen.
Here are a few examples to help you get started.