When we started designing our house, I told Joe there were a few things that in my mind were non-negotiable. At the top of the list, was this vision I had for a Playroom Closet. We honestly designed our basement layout around making this work. I am so so happy with how it turned out. I showed a little sneak peek on my Instagram Stories a few weeks ago. The flood of requests for more details was crazy, so I decided today I’d take you inside our playroom closet + share the 3 design features that were most important to us!
If you notice, I said Playroom Closet, not just Playroom. The space we used is about the size of a large walk in closet, not a full room. Our number one goal in this house was functionality. We wanted zero wasted space. Since we had the whole basement that can be used as play space, I didn’t want to add another room. The closet concept is enough space for all the toys, gives the little people room to play, but doesn’t add a lot of extra room for excess mess. It has been perfect to fit our needs.
EASY TO HIDE…
Our house in California was TINY, especially for a family our size. Since we were tight on space, the main room you walked right into doubled as a playroom/nursery. You can see what it was like here. I loved the design, but could not stand that all the toys/mess were the first thing everyone saw when they came over. In the new house I wanted a place for my people to play + have fun, that was close to a main space that the adults would also use. I also wanted the option of shutting the door and having it be invisible when needed. The closet concept has been the perfect way to fit our needs, but tuck it away and close the barn door (when they finally get installed) when we want.
I know this comes as no surprise to anyone. My OCD self had to have organization. I did not want the closet to just become a leaning tower of toys. Chelsea from NEAT Method (who helped with the pantry), gave me a few tips and I love how it turned out. These clear bins were the perfect solution. I love that they are clear so the little people (especially Houston) can easily find what they are wanting to play with. The labels make it super quick for my bigger kids to help clean up , because its easy to find where things belong.
I think my number one favorite thing about the playroom closet is the “extra box”. It is the simplest concept, but has made the biggest difference with attitudes during clean up. All I did was add an extra clear box, that isn’t the designated home for anything. My people know that if we are in a rush to clean up, and there are a few odds and ends, they can throw everything in that extra box. Usually once a week or so, they know they have to go through the extra box and put things where they really go. It keeps the room looking clean + organized all the time, and has saved us from a lot of whining!
A playroom closet is nothing crazy or hard to do, but it has been a game changer for us. The functionality + convenience for us can’t be beat! If i missed any questions you had on this space, please don’t hesitate to ask!!
“extra box” bottom middle box – so everyone can reach it
Also I’ve had a few questions about what do we do upstairs…and we have this little play kitchen in our living room / kitchen area so it entertains the babies while i cook or clean.