Spring Spruce Up: Round One

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week will be dedicated to sprucing up our playroom.  Be sure to visit the links listed at the bottom of this post for spruce ups of other rooms.


Our playroom is currently a disaster.

Too many toys, not enough space.

Each time I walk in there, I realize the boys just don’t need ALL of those toys.

It’s obscene.  And I’m kinda embarrassed.

We’ve done a lot of overhauling here at The Money Pit since 2008.

Now it’s the playroom’s turn.


Background info:

The playroom is a room that, we believe, was part of the wrap around front porch of our 109 year old house.  At one point in the history of the house, someone needed more space and created another room and closet.  We originally used this room as the home office where BP made a desk/storage area out of old kitchen cabinets and mounted them on the wall.  When Frog came along, we moved the office to the back of the house, the original playroom became Frog’s room, and the old office became the playroom.  The big move also included moving the cabinets and desk from the old room and mount to another wall in the new room, leaving some damage to the sheet rock in the original room–the current playroom.

Sheesh.  Did ya get all that?

The closet in the playroom is currently a rather large disaster area.  It’s home to our games and craft supplies. The main room holds the toys, an art easel, train/play table, several cubbies for storage, and a kitchen set.

I’ve had plans in my head and artwork to go on the walls when we decided to overhaul this room 2 years ago.


Life just gets in the way sometimes and projects like these get put on the back burner.


The first step to our spruce up turned into a three step process.  We needed to go through the toys and:

1. Throw away the broken ones.

2.  Make a pile of toys that aren’t played with to give to our local charity.

3.  Organize the toys we are keeping.


I took an afternoon while Frog napped and made Frick and Frack help me sort through all of the toys.

We bagged the toys not played with anymore, keeping in mind that Frog may play with them one day.

But who in the world needs three different sets of Thomas the Train tracks?

We have been so very blessed through the years.  80% of the toys have come from people other than us.

It’s time to bless someone else.

Now our playroom looks like this:


You can actually see the floor!!

See the sheet rock that needs to be repaired?

We had these glorious plans of having this done before this week’s spruce up bonanza.

But then life got in the way.  Again.


Tomorrow we’ll be talking about that smashing train/play table BP built (see first picture above).

Don’t forget to check out my friends and their spruce ups:

Sprucing Up the Laundry Room | Mama’s Laundry Talk
Sprucing Up the School Room | Homegrown Mom
Sprucing Up the Craft Room | Many Little Blessings
Sprucing Up the Bathroom | Feels Like Home
Sprucing Up the Playroom | …Life’s About a Dream
Sprucing Up the Garage/Storage Space | A Slob Comes Clean
Sprucing Up the Master Bedroom | Raising Arrows
Sprucing Up Your Homeschool | Jimmie’s Collage
Sprucing Up the Kitchen | So Happy Together
Sprucing Up the Garden | An Oregon Cottage
Sprucing Up the Backyard | Successful Homeschooling



7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carletta
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 08:16:24

    Very nice!

    We also have a large playroom/schoolroom area, and one of the problems with having a large space is that it is so easy to accumulate stuff. I really need to go through and do a big purge. (Children, guard your favorites!) Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Tanya
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 10:21:04

    We have also acquired most of the kids’ toys and such from other people. I love your outlook that you’ve been blessed and now its time to bless others with it! I am inspired to go through my own children’s things with them, and this is the perfect way to explain it to them! Thanks!

  3. Jami @ An Oregon Cottage
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 16:12:56

    What a great space for your kids to have! I can imagine how things would accumulate, though you cheated and didn’t give us a “before” picture 🙂 – it looks nice and organized now. Looking forward to the table how-to as well!

  4. MamaLaundry
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 21:39:33

    Very nice! We are like you – we’ve received tons of clothes and toys over the years and have been blessed beyond measure!


  5. Angie ~ Many Little Blessings
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 22:23:34

    How exciting that you guys can see the floor now! 😉

  6. Angela @ Homegrown Mom
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 02:23:37

    What a fun space for your kids! I love the rug, it reminds me of my preschool days 🙂

  7. Mandy
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 07:41:43

    hehehe…Yep…I cheated. My mother reads this blog and she would have gasped loudly if she saw how messy the playroom was. If you really would like a how-to on the table, my husband would be glad to send you measurements and steps. Just let me know!

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