Recently I went to visit a mummy of a seven year old and she showed me her daughters bedroom. It was a small room, but, crammed with shelving, with every surface covered with toys, the room looked even smaller.
But there was something in the room that was a ‘big no-no’ an armchair was pushed up against the wardrobe door, so in order to access it, you had to move the armchair.
Can you guess what was on the armchair? The little girls clothes, they were piled high on the chair; why, because it was too much of a hassle to move the armchair to access the wardrobe.
Mummy wanted a chair in her daughters room so she cuddle up and read books; but the little girl couldn’t sit in the chair because it was full of her clothes.
With the best of intentions mummy had created a space that was stressful and impractical.
But the solution was easy to remedy, working with the child, we selected the toys and games that were to be kept and those that she felt she could ‘let go’, toys she no longer played with and in some cases, never played with.
That reduced the need for the shelving, so one unit was removed. The armchair was simply too big for the room, so it was removed and instead, we created a cosy ‘Reading Corner’, with beanbags and a fairy net curtain, similar to this, it was delightful.
That meant that the wardrobe was now easy to access, with no obstruction, we hung up her beautiful clothes and organised her shoes at the foot of the wardrobe on a shoe rack.
The little girl was delighted, she had a room she could actually use, a little sanctuary she could call her own.
Sometimes, less is more…