But at some point, I decided that I didn't want all that stuff out there. I didn't mind if the kids brought something out to play with, but I didn't want the designated location of such things to be the living room. I just wanted the living room to look like a grown up place when it was all picked up, not like it was owned by the children.
Don't get me wrong...right now with a baby in the house, we have a baby swing out here. And when the kids got an inside trampoline, we left it out in the living room. For the most part, though, if we have a grown up gathering, everything has another place to go. When my husband had his fantasy football draft for example, they could feel like manly men in our living room, no Winnie the Pooh anything!
|My kid-free zone...when it's picked up anyway!|
But...there is one thing I can't seem to avoid having out here...
|Above the china hutch. No, there is no china...we already packed it when we thought we were moving. :)|
On top of our china hutch is the designated location of the Legos. It's good because it's up high, and since Caleb works hard on some creations, I really have to keep it out of Gabriel's reach. I trust Caleb to get on a chair to get the stuff down. That might sound bad, but I've seen him do it countelss times, and it works.
When our house was on the market, and I knew I needed a spot for the stuff if the house was shown, I did make a spot in the boys' closet. But on a daily basis, it just wasn't practical. Above the china is what works for now. And since we have an open floor plan, the living room looks into the dining room. So it's not my favorite place for Legos, but it will have to do.
What do you do with kid stuff? Do you have a kid-free zone? Or do you like their things in the living room?