Since we relocated our kitchen, the plan was for the dining room to become an office. Owl Lane had a beautiful and bright office in the front of the house, so we thought that this would be the perfect space for one in this house. The only negative was that we were losing a dining room. We don’t have too many friends here yet and the thought of entertaining with two kids just sounds awful so an office would make the most sense right now.
I had big plans for beautiful built ins, moldings, fab wallpaper, etc., but we need to make sure that whatever we do will work as a dining room too. We figured that we could stage it as a dining room when we go to sell the house. It would be nice for a buyer to see that it could be either one- plus whenever we finish the other side of our pantry, we will have a mini office space there too so if we stage this as a dining room, there still is that “office space” in the pantry.
Lately, I noticed that the basement is a giant hot mess. Toys everywhere, zero organization system, it’s true chaos. There’s no designated space for the boys to play on the main level so their toys end up everywhere and/or the dog pees all over them. Yesterday I was feeling so overwhelmed by this madness, that I just figured it’s time to convert the empty and unfinished office into a temporary playroom. Dax is climbing everything, he’s so insanely active, so this also gives him a safe space to play while I’m cooking or doing whatever somewhere else in the house. I don’t need to worry about him hurting his head if he falls, no stairs to gate off, it’s just a giant space for his toys. It definitely stresses me out that there’s not really any organization in here, but it just doesn’t make sense to buy or build anything since it won’t be a playroom forever.
The boys are loving it so far, and I find it hilarious that Eli wants to play on the ugly foam mat intended for Dax, and that Dax wants to play with Eli’s stuff on the hard floors. These boys!!