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Lekerom, Playroom

11 Jan

Vi er heldige og har et hus med mange rom. Ikke alle er så store men vi har flere en vi trenger. Et av rommene som foreløpig er ikke er i bruk til sin egentlige funksjon er en av stuene våre. Det var tanken da vi kjøpte huset at denne stuen skulle være tv stue og at vi da skulle ha en stue til mer fin bruk (som de hadde da min Mormor var ung) Og en daglig stue. Veldig greit viss ungene vil se tv og de voksne vil ha litt fred og ro.


Men siden vi ikke har noe bruk for denne stuen foreløpig har den i stede blitt til et lekerom. Her har vi litt etter hvert innredet og forandret til det nå har blitt et rom som passer oss perfekt. Her har Olivia alle sine leker og aktiviteter tilgjengelig. Hun kan leke tegne male osv akkurat som hun vil. Vi har gjort et forsøk på å implementere Montessori så godt vi kan selv om vi etter den metoden har alt for mye dill og ikke alle lekene er av Montessori materialer å regne. Det vi har prøvd å fokusere på er ting som at vi ikke skal lagre leker i kurver eller esker. At et lite utvalg av leker skal stå fremme på en hylle og at disse blir rotert etter som hun mister interessen for det som står fremme. Vi har også passet på at det meste skal være tilgjengelig for henne så hun selv kan velge hvilke aktiviteter hun helst vil drive med. Hun har derfor et godt utvalg tegne og malesaker samt playdoh, bøker puslespill osv tilgjengelig. Vi har også fokusert på at rommet skal være enkelt å holde rent og ryddig og passer på at det ikke samler seg for mye dill som ikke har en fast plass å være.

 

Av leker velger vi alltid det jeg vil kalle lang-levde og fler bruks leker, det vil si leker som kan brukes til mer en en ting eller på mer en en måte som fortsetter å utfordre og interessere også etter de første tre dagene og som er av bra kvalitet og på en eller annen måte lærer barna noe. Jeg prøver også å alltid ha fremme forskjellige typer leker, en musikk leke et puslespill en bil en boks klosser osv. Slik at det alltid er en variasjon av utfordringer.  Under hyllene der lekene står har jeg kurver der vi lagrer ale de ekstra lekene. Jeg skal ta en tur i lekekassen å vise våre favoritter senere.

I bokhyllen har vi det samme systemet de to nederste hyllene er de hun bruker mest å så lagrer vi og roterer fra den øverste hyllen. Av bøker kjøper jeg det meste men holder meg vekke fra ting som er for kommersielle og eller jentete .

Det siste tilskuddet er Olivia sin arbeidsbenk. Det er en hylle fra IKEA med skuffer i som er festet på veggen. i skuffene lagrer vi tegnepapir, klister, tegnebøker osv. På veggen henger tegneblyanter tusjer, playdoh osv og over benken henger to hyller der vi lagrer maling osv som hun trenger litt hjelp med enda for å bruke. Hun har sin egen arbeidslampe og litt kunst over benken Dette har blitt et veldig populært område av lekerommet og hun bruker det mer og mer.

Ellers driver vi for tiden å slutter med bleie og har potta sentralt plassert så vi raskt kan nå den. (Det pleier som oftest å haste)

Det er så herlig å ha muligheten til å ha et slikt rom der vi har plass til å leke og utfolde oss uten å måtte ta hensyn til alt det andre som foregår i huset. Her har jeg oversikten om jeg er i stuen eller på kjøkkenet og med peisen i samme rom er det godt å varmt.


We are lucky enough to have a house with a lot of rooms, there not so large but there are quite a few of them. More than what we need for the time being. One of the rooms that are not in use for its intended purpose is one of the living rooms. It was our intension that this room would be our family room and that our other livingroom would be more of a formal livingroom used when we have company or if the kids want to watch tv and the adults want some quiet time.

So since it is not needed for that purpose it has become our playroom we have little by little decorated it to fit our needs. Olivia has all here toys and activity’s available to here and is free to choose her activity as she pleases. Since I love  Montessori  but am no expert we have tried implementing it in designing the room as best we can. We don’t store toys in baskets og boxes but display a small selection on the shelf. These toys are rotated when Olivia grows tired of them. The extra toys are stored in the baskets under the shelf. We also tried to focus on making the room easy to keep clean and organized.

For toys we always try to choose toys that have some longevity and that We also try to choose toys that have a certain quality and functionality to it. It is important to me that the toys we buy have some longevity and that they serve more than one purpose. They should also be of  some educational value and of cause of good quality. Although I prefer wood toys there are a few plastic ones in the mix like her Dublo wich she loves. I always try to vary the toys that are on the shelf to cover different types of challenges like music, building blocks, puzzles and so on.

The bookshelf also has a rotation system where we store a majority of the books on the top shelf and rotate them to the two lower shelfs, when it comes to books i buy pretty much anything as long as it is not to commercial and not to girly. I love finding good book deals at secondhand stores and flea markets.

The latest addition to the playroom is Olivias workbench wich is actually a shelf with drawers from IKEA mounted to the wall. In the drawers we store paper coloring books stickers and so on. On the wall she has lots of crayons, color pencils, markers and some playdoh and modeling tools. On the two shelfs over the desk we store the paints and so on that she still needs some help with using.

Other than that there is the potty station (we are currently potty training and need to make sure it is close by) and here playkitchen, table and chairs.

It is wonderful having this room available to use in this way. It is nice to have this much space to play in and still be out-of-the-way of everything else going on in the house. I can see her in here from both the kitchen and the livingroom and with the fireplace in the same room it is nice and warm.


Organizing my week.

29 Apr

To make life easyer and to avoid all our quick trips to the grozery store I have desided to try and be a once a week shooper. I will make mealplans and try to get what we need for dinners and all other meals only once a week. It will be a challenge since now we probably go almost daily. I want to get a message board and a note pad that can hang in our kitchen so that when we run out of something we can just add it to the list and make sure we don’t forget to pick it up. It would also be good to have a spot for messages and appointments to remember.

Here are a few bulletin boards I like which one is your favorite?

This one is from IKEA and I like the mail sorter at the bottom.

This one from Brian Kelly is oh so cool but I just don’t have the wall space for it.

This one from Ballard Design is perfect and would be a great fit for our kitchen. Only problem here is price.

Life with less

26 Apr

There is a lot of focus these days on sustainable living and to me a big part of living a sustainable life is to reduce the mountain of stuff most of us have in our homes.  I believe that our homes today are filled with things we truly have no use for, and if we could live without it that would be the most sustainable thing.  Not to mention all the time we waste cleaning putting away and looking for stuff.  Sure we all have things that simply make us happy because they look nice and they really don’t have any other purpose. But my thought is that we could all stop and think before grabbing that next item of the shelf. Do I really need this, will it enhance my life. If not leave it where it’s at.  How many boxes of stuff do you have stowed away in your basement or attic full of stuff you never use. I’m betting quite a few. I know I do.  So from now on I will live my life by these simple rules.

Before purchasing think about this:

1: Will this item inhanse my life, and make it easyer

2: Does this item have a function and fill a need in my home or life.

3: Am I purchasing this because I need or want it.

4: Do I have a place for this item in my home.

5: Is this item a long term or short term purchase, will it last long enough to make buying it ok.

Hope you will al join me in thinking twice next time you purchase, and live you life with less.

China Cabinet

22 Apr

I had originally planed on having a china cabinet that was the same color as the walls in the kitchen. But before I had a chance to order it it went out of production. Typical my luck. So I started looking for alternatives and found this red bookshelf. I love the contrasting color in the kitchen it give the room a little life. I love neutral colors and the look of an all white room but I just can’t seem to stay away from color.  So enter the bright red china cabinet.

The china we collect is called Azurea and is from Villeroy and Boch. It is also out of production (of cause). But I think we have managed to collect enough to last us a while.

The bottom shelf of the cabinet holds two boxes one for Olivia’s art supplies and one for tablecloths and runners. The top of the cabinet has our radio and all my vases.

Purging the babys closet.

21 Apr

Kids grow fast and especially the first 2-3 years. This means constant purchasing and rotation of there clothes. My daughters wardrobe was getting out of hand lately. A lot of new additions over Christmas and a few splurges at the new years sale and it was a complete disaster. So needles to say it was time to purge.

I removed a large bag of clothing some will be packed away for hand me downs and the things I didn’t use that much for whatever reason will be given to charity.

What is left will be organized into its baskets hung on its hangers and placed neatly back in the closet. I fold most of the clothes and each type has its own basket. One for pants, one for once one for tights and so on.

There is also a basket on the top shelf where I always keep a pre assembled outfit to make life easier for Dad. He is not terribly fond of assembling baby couture.

The top shelf holds all the bedding some winter clothes and a box for items that are only in use for special occasions. (like here Norwegian national outfit.) Finally a managable wardrobe for a little girl.

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