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Much to the kids’ delight we finally unpacked all their toys from the garage this week and moved them into the playroom. We still have a couple of wee jobs to do in here (putting up pictures, reattaching the shutters, covering the window seat and making a play table) but it’s pretty much there and looks really great, especially now it’s full of toys and life. As you can probably tell, Arthur particularly enjoyed posing for the photos!

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The cupboard has gobbled up all their reading books with room for more and the painted floor makes the room feel light and bright while still being easy to clean. The walls are in Farrow and Ball’s Dayroom Yellow and the floors are Ecos Organic Paints white floor paint. The best thing about both products is they have no smell. When you are constantly decorating, as we have been, you really appreciate not having to breathe in nasty paint fumes. I really notice it now when we’re using standard paints and varnishes. 

Kester can’t believe there’s all this stuff to play with and is enjoying exploring for himself, We’ve put most of his toys in the chest in the middle of the floor with some more in the bottom layer of the storage unit so they are easy for him to access.

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By a happy accident, the white plastic ice-cream tubs they give away at Cream O Galloway for re-use fit the second layer of the storage unit shelves perfectly. So, in exchange for a small donation to red squirrel conservation, we’ve given several tubs a new home and they now store stickle bricks, Barbies (they fit perfectly in the 6L tubs), Barbie clothes, toy cars, Happy Land characters and animal toys. Smaller, squarer open tubs house foam shapes, pipe cleaners, feathers, ribbons, thread and other crafty bits and bobs. Reduce, reuse and recycle.

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So, another room almost done. Although the point of having a playroom is that we can close the door on chaos at the end of the day, the way it’s set up makes it really easy for the kids to tidy up after themselves. Even after the excitement of its debut outing and rediscovering every item in the unit, it took less than ten minutes and not much chiding from Mum to get it all tidy again. Fingers crossed it lasts!

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