But as EG has gotten older, and the toys have gotten messier I realized I needed a better spot for her to be entertained, safe and happy- especially when B2 arrives on the scene.
Enter the living room flipflop and a buying string at IKEA and we have the new playspace:
And goodness is it working well! EG asks to go in almost daily, and spends at least 20-30 minutes in there happily content looking through her toys, moving things around, and most of all enjoying her new table space. We had a play date with one of EG's friends when school was closed for Shavuot and it couldn't have been better timing- they spent quite a while playing in there and there were more than enough chairs for everyone.
However, he won because of cost and because of the nice seating bench that the STUVA ended up creating. For now I've got it semi-divided with Lego storage boxes in between items, but I think I'll end up making a few wooden dividers for it.
The blue monster is Working Dad's when he was a kid, and we both REALLY like how this is a cute little window seat for reading, and for both of us to sit on when we want to be in her playspace with her. Books, books and more books. EG has taken to reading her babies to sleep "they go night night" which is quite adorable.
The corner unit of the living room is now a great display space for a few of EG's toys, and the bottom section keeps things organized, yet out of sight.
It's quite the feat, and I'm hoping that once she gets the toys for her birthday (OH MY GOODNESS! SHE TURNS TWO THIS MONTH!) that I'll be able to take some of the more babyish items and move them into B2's room.
One step at a time.
Do your kids have a designated playspace? How do you keep toys organized?