Paul and I have spent a lot of time over the past few months getting the house ready for our new little person (who is due in just five weeks!)
Since we decided to stay in our little three-bedroom ranch, there were more projects than just setting up a nursery. We had to move my office out of the third bedroom, sell and donate a bunch of items we didn't use much, and find a lot of new storage. I'm happy to say we're almost there! Just one more weekend, and the nursery should be complete. (Cue sigh of relief from nesting mother.) So I thought it'd be fun to take the next few weeks and share some of the projects we've done, and show you what our living space looks like these days.
One of my top priorities was to create spaces where A could be more independent and find interesting things to do while I'm busy with the new little one. One place is his new craft corner. I'm a huge fan some of the Montessori philosphies of creating independence, even in toddlers. I notice A is so much happier if he can decide what he wants to do, then execute (mostly) by himself.
The table we've had for at least a year. I got it on craigslist and Paul cut the legs to kid-height. It's a little shorter than most kid tables, but I love the fact that younger kids can use it too. The chair is Ikea (again with the legs cut). And the cabinet is the Ikea Helmer cabinet. I did a bunch of research, and this was the most affordable, small-space, kid-friendly solution I could find.
Right now, the craft corner is in the corner of our dining room, but it may slide down closer to my desk by the time we finish furniture-arranging. (Please ignore the one leftover Christmas decoration! I'm still trying to find something new for that space. :)
So far, it's been a huge hit. A has access to crayons and washable markers, paper and coloring books, some stickers and stamps and play-doh. Our watercolor paints are also in his craft cabinet, but since he can't get the water yet, I don't worry about those. The other paints are stored on top of my armoire, and he has to ask to use them.
Here are a few shots of the artist at work: