If you’ve been following along with my Front Porch Coffee Talk posts this summer- you already know we’ve been working on giving Sweet P’s room a good ol’ fashioned makeover. If you are just tuning in, Sweet P is our 9 year old third grade boy and we have been working on his room. The goal was never to make it “Pinterest- Worthy” but rather to simply make it more functional and represent his personality better. And honestly for me not to have an anxiety attack every time I walked in because of the mess. I secretly also wanted to have a dedicated work space ready for if’/when we end up doing virtual learning.
So we made a plan to use some furniture we already had and add a few new things we needed. The goal was to have this room whipped into shape by the time school started. While I didn’t end up crossing off all of the things on the to-do list, we are calling it “done”… for now! So let’s call this Phase 1 since I am going to take my time on the more expensive remaining items such as a new dresser and a rug.
So let’s a look at the updated room.
A dedicated work space! Organized footballs! Organized Nerf Guns. Matching comforters! NO LEGOS! (more on that below)
As I mentioned, one of the main reasons I got a bee in my bonnet about this room was because I had visions of him loitering around my dining room again for virtual school. While we are currently in person for school, there is a strong possibility we will be virtual at some point and I wanted a spot he could spread out in if needed. We bought this Ballard desk top and file cabinet set before we even had kids and used it in various spots around the house. It had a big hutch shelf on it- but I sold that on our local exchange freeing up the top to be more of a workstation. Turns out it is the perfect size for this little nook in his room! And those file cabinet drawers are filled with plastic shoe holders holding fidget spinners, football cards, Pokemon cards, you know… all of the 9 year old boy essentials. 🙂
This sweet boy of mine is a collector. So I am glad he now has a few spots to keep his collections that are organized and out of sight.
BEDS & BEDDING
We bought this pair of bed frames and headboards a few years ago when we first moved in. But that’s about as far as we got in this room. We have just been using random bedding that we already had so I was happy to grab a pair of matching comforters using some leftover gift cards. We went with two beds in here because little brother likes to sleep in here and when we have guests we have an extra bed in addition to the guest room.
We had already collected a few of our favorite team pennants and my parents gave us this old Atlanta Braves 1991 vintage one from their house. (I vividly remember that 1991 season!) We just added a few more to the collection and hung them over the pair of beds. I know he would like to see a few more teams (Falcons, UGA & Georgia Tech) but I think that is a great thing for Santa to bring.
ORGANIZATION & STORAGE
Organization and storage was a biggie and I am glad we tackled a few problem areas.
The first was his football collection. He is obsessed and I am glad we found a solution for storing and displaying them. I never thought I would have this hanging in my house but here we are. 🙂 If it was up to him, the rug would be a football field and there would be wall decals of football players everywhere so I feel like this is a nice compromise.
NERF GUN UPDATE:
We also found a solution for the Nerf Guns. No words, y’all. (I also never thought I would have this hanging in my house but here we are. #boymom)
We cleared off this bookshelf and now there is actually a place for books.
One of the main things we wanted to tackle was a Lego organization solution for his room. See this little corner? It used to be a Lego EXPLOSION. But what do you see here? NO LEGOS! Yep- the solution for his room was that we took them completely out. We have another solution in the works out of his room and I cannot tell you how much cleaner it feels in here now. I’ll share more on that soon. Does anyone else have a love/hate relationship with Legos?
Overall, I am happy with this room and thankful that I no longer feel like I’m having a panic attack when I walk in! Now his closet on the other hand… we will cross that bridge another day.
But he is SO happy with the room too and that makes my mama heart happy! So it’s a win win!
So let’s take a look at our To-Do List. Checked most things off and the only three things left are bigger investments and not something we want to tackle right now. But I know if I waited to share this room until it was “done” he might be in college so….
- Workspace- DONE
- Office Chair- DONE
- Desk Lamp- DONE
- Matching Bedding- DONE
- Comfy Matching Sheets and Pillows– STILL NEED
- New Rug– STILL NEED
- Smaller Dresser Between Beds– STILL NEED
- Hang Bulletin Board- DONE
- Hang Art Above Bed – DONE
- Lego Storage –DONE
- Nerf Storage- DONE
- Football Storage – DONE
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