Friday, 3 May 2013

Project Simplify: April's spring clean

This post has been a long time coming, mainly because our simple spring clean turned into something much bigger than I anticipated.

Back in this post I talked about how we were going to sort through the boys' toys. We did that: weeded out the broken toys and games and chucked them out, took an enormous bag of no-longer-needed bits and bobs to the charity shop, gave a few things away. But we also did something we've been talking about for ages. We put the boys in a bedroom together.

My formative interiors years were spent watching far too many episodes of Changing Rooms, a programme I blame entirely for my spur-of-the-moment decision-making and my skewed idea of what can be achieved in a short space of time. I get an idea in my head, don't really think it through, take everything apart, and then I usually sit in the midst of a deconstructed room with tears in my eyes, wondering why, oh why did I start this?

Exactly this happened about a month back, when I suggested to A that he and T share a bedroom. We took beds apart, shifted furniture around, wondered how to fit two into one. While all the while, in the back of my mind, jumping for joy at the thought of us having our master bedroom back. It's a long story but we've been in the attic for the past two years and it's not exactly the nicest bedroom you could imagine.

Anyway, it's all sorted now, as you can see from the photos above. We have an IKEA canopy bed with A on top and T below, two separate chests of drawers for their clothes (clothes sorting! There's another month's challenge), two little glass-fronted cabinets for their special things, and a giant IKEA Trofast shelving unit where pull-out plastic tubs contain toys and games, and shelves house their ever-growing book collection. We found a few clever tips on Pinterest, like keeping jigsaw puzzles in individual ziplock bags, and we installed a couple of those picture ledges for knick-knacks, and an Eames Hang it all for shirts, coats, and dinosaur costumes.

It's working out ok so far. We still need to think about heat loss - time for double glazed windows perhaps. We've had our fair share of late nights and early mornings, plus one episode of sickness, but, mainly, the boys love it. Do your kids share a room? How do you maximise sleep?

So, how did you get on with your own project simplify attempts? Leave a link below and tell us all about it.

New month, new project coming up soon.

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