Okay, it’s time to admit that I’m obsessed. As you can see here and here, we love Lorena Canals rugs in our house. Why? They’re cute, comfy, and most importantly machine washable. When you have allergies, that last one really matters. In fact, when you have kids (and/or pets) that last one really matters. Being able to wash our rugs has been a major game changer for my allergies and the cleanliness of our house for that matter.
A few months ago, I decided it was time to get rid of the shag carpet in our family room. It was weighing down the house, literally. Did you know that carpet can gather up to 40 pounds of dust and dirt (and we’re not even counting spills here) a year? Apparently you get about 85% of that out with regular vacuuming but that’s still six pounds of yuck. Carpets weigh up to four times as much going out as coming in. Are you grossed out yet? I sure am- we still have wall to wall carpeting in our upstairs and just thinking about it makes me want to sneeze. This is about more than just carpets though so I’ll get on with it. Once we replaced that thick carpet with a Lorena Canals rug, I knew I had to tackle the playroom next. Mom confession: I hadn’t properly organized the playroom since before baby Hey J was born. It was a job needing to happen but boy was I dragging my feet.
The promise of new healthier carpet brought new life to the project and off to hobby lobby I went. There is something about reasonably priced decor that just makes me happy. Plus, I’m the kind of person who pretty much fills every inch of wall space and then rearranges and fills it again. In fact, the only reason I can figure out that this room hadn’t been properly decorated was that I didn’t want to be in there. Dusty carpet plus chaos are not my happy places.
I’m not saying my organizational skills are perfect and neither are my decorating ones (I love love, did I say love? antiques and stuffing as many things as possible into all the tiny rooms in my home (really why are there so many rooms in this house?). However, here are a few tips I’ve found that really help me keep things organized and under control. (Get ready for some poorly shot before pictures- taking pictures of messy, chaotic things is not my forte which really throws a wrench in the whole makeover process.)
Here’s one before picture that I’m sure all the moms can all relate to:
After (it’s been a week or so, how long do you think we can keep it this way?):
The homeschool room before (spoiler alert we mostly just straightened up in here):
After (quick tip: find cute ways to hang children’s pictures to turn trash into art):
Before (and, I mean this was before with the rug but after I had picked up one day and then one right after we took the rug out):
Before (so many stuffed things everywhere):
After (a much cozier reading nook):
Stuffed friends: c/o Apple Park Kids
If you skip all the rest, do yourself a favor and get yourself a washable rug because cleaning up the playroom can be a real headache, but sitting comfortably with your kids shouldn’t be.