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Planning A Playroom

How cool is this indoor slide?

For the past four months, our big bonus room in our new house has been pretty much empty. It is currently home to our extra pull-out couch and the long-retired baby swing, and most of the time I forget it’s there. While it’s nice to have more space, I’ve really been missing the smaller, city homes I had gotten used to over the past few years. It has been an interesting transition out to the ‘burbs. I think part of the reason this bonus room has remained empty is that I didn’t really feel committed to staying here – I miss the city.

I don’t know that we’ll stay out here forever, but while we are here, I’ve decided to quit sulking and embrace the space. My hope is that any future home we might find will have a finished basement or family room that we can convert to a play space anyway, so the efforts won’t be wasted here. Now that I’m ready to settle into our new digs, I’m excited about the idea of creating an awesome playroom for Cullen.

Fall and winter are just around the corner, and in Seattle that means RAIN. We’ll be spending a lot of time indoors, and the more space we have the better! I’d love to have a simple, but usable space for him to run around and explore now that he’s on the move and looking for more stimulating play. I’m definitely looking to do this on a limited budget, so I’m guessing most of our playroom will come from IKEA (like this slide pictured above!)

Here are a few things I’m considering for this new space:

  • easel for coloring/chalk
  • bean bag chairs for reading
  • cubby shelf for toy storage
  • play tent for hiding and imaginary play
  • indoor climbing gym or slide
  • fabric tunnel for crawling through
  • tiny table and chairs

What are some other playroom essentials?  What are the things that keep 1 year olds entertained the longest?

Read more from Emily on her personal blog Daily Garnish, where she creates healthy vegetarian recipes, recaps her latest running adventures, and chronicles life as a new mom to her son and two crazy dogs.  You can follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest too!

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