The Anatomy of a Playroom

Yes we have a playroom.  Yes we know we are lucky to have a designated space, for all things play.  Yes we use it A LOT.  The kids practically live in this room.  They play in it, do homework in it, read in it and destroy it daily.  Over the years it has “grown” with the needs and interests of “My Pigeon Pair”.  


Then two months ago I noticed something.  “My Pigeon Pair” were no longer “playing” in the playroom.  It was being used to “store” toys but they had lost interest in “using” the space.  We had a problem.  They had changed.  The playroom hadn’t.  They had outgrown its use.  We needed to change the rooms layout, contents and workspaces to suit there new abilities and interests.  After a lot of discussing and pondering we had this…..

When designing and creating a space for your children it pays to really look at what THEY do.  All the fancy pictures of playrooms are great inspiration but it has to be a space to suit the interests, abilities and ages of YOUR children!

In case you have been living under a rock Master O started school this year.  With this huge change has come an even bigger change in the way he “plays”.  He wants to read, write, draw, learn and build.  He needs a space designed for creating and displaying.  His lego collection has suddenly started to explode and he is no longer interested in his fisher price sets.

Little Miss A copies everything her brother does.  She loves to draw and read.  But she also loves to “play house”  anything involving baby dolls!  

 Over the coming weeks (hopefully it’s not months!) we will be rearranging, re purposing and reorganising this integral space in our home.  We are desperately trying to use what we have and not spend MORE money on creating a space we will use, play in and LOVE!





  1. We have noticed the same. The kids play room is actually our ‘formal lounge area’. It is not a large space, but we have their play kitchen etc in there. We are really needing to do a cull of all the toys that they no longer play and find more suitable storage solutions.

    Can’t wait to see what you do. You should head over to Lil Blue Boo and see what they have done with their daughters playroom it is ace!

  2. Good luck with your space recreation. Sigh. Oh to have a playroom. Actually oh to have room (says the lady with five people in a two bedroom townhouse)

  3. Sounds interesting, can’t wait to see what you do!

  4. The same has happened in our play room. The kids have decided it’s a dumping ground for toys! While they’re away next week, I’m planning on revamping the space and culling books and toys they’re now too old for. Looking forward to seeing how you transform your space Larissa!

  5. Wow – you have a very cool playroom!

    A few months ago I took most of the toys out of our playroom. It was just too full, there was just too much potential for complete mayhem. The girls hardly miss the toys, but they play in the space in a much more focussed way. Less is definitely more….

    I love the way a room and a house evolves to suit a growing family…. I also love changing things around and freshening things up. I go into a cleaning frenzy in Autumn – so I am gearing up for this now… Your play room has given me some great ideas – LOVE to bright blue!

  6. What a great space your kids have!! My girls want to be in the main lounge room now. So we have tried to merge our areas a bit. It’s working at the moment, as long as they clean up any mess they make. Rachel x

  7. We used to have a play room and I loved it, but unfortunately not anymore. My dream house has to living areas where the kids would be able to use on for their enjoyment.

  8. I love the play spaces idea, and the reality when there’s room for it. As a K-2 teacher in particular I used to ‘shake’ it up within the classroom too, as the children got less stimulations. Now caring for grandkids aged 2 & 4 twice a week, I have an indoor/outdoor space which is able to become a shop for a few weeks, then a house…always using similar things but i n different ways. I do think tho, that despite the provision of special areas, the reality is kids want to be close to the parent who’s there at home… Denyse

  9. I am in the same predicament! We have 4 kids, the eldest has just turned 4 and started Kindy this year, and our youngest is 5 months (crazy peeps, I know!!) but we have to combine boys and girls toys, big kids and babys and still try and keep it simple and tidy! Eeeek. Looking forward to your posts!

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