Today I did a quick clean up and declutter of my childrens play and learning spaces in our home and thought I would share it with you.
Learning room/kids study to house Montessori inspired materials- room formerly the office.
Play Space (play room)-formerly my oldests bedroom but my children now share a bedroom;
So, not huge changes compared to the last time I wrote a post like this which you can view here.
There are other items for my children to use around the house that are not in these pictures, for example the puppet theater seen in some of my other blog posts has just been moved to the lounge room where there is more room for this kind of play. Also, we house our board games and yoga materials also in the lounge room stored in a cupboard.
Outside, there is a sandpit, some push bikes, a play ball and our art easel where there is chalk and washable markers and a child-sized wheelbarrow and wagon.
This biggest change I have made in an attempt to simplify the ‘stuff’ in our house is, now there is almost no toys or books in storage. I had a fair bit of materials, toys and books in storage (our linen cupboard) for rotation but I found having so much stored away starting to drive me a bit crazy. I had already gone through almost every other cupboard and draw in our house and decluttered and this was the one space that I had just left alone as it felt like too much work to sort through. Now, for the most part what is on my children’s shelves in these spaces, that you can see, is what they have, which I still think is a lot.
On a separate note, no toys are kept in my childrens shared bedroom, only books for bedtime reading. Thought I would mention this as I was asked this question by a reader recently.
Edited 8th August 2016– since writing this post, we passed on the wooden tiered light brown shelf seen in this blog post with the pattern blocks and felt board stored on it and the dark smaller tiered shelf which we were using to house our dress up items in the play room to someone else who was in need of furniture. Now there is just two shelves in my children’s study/learning space (the hand-made one and our spare book shelf) which I feel is more than enough anyways.