Its funny how much more energy I have for rearranging a room, than for simply tidying it. Well, this week I was struck by sudden inspiration. It happened after I showed one unexpected visitor too many into our downstairs living room. This is the room where we played, watched TV, used the computer, read stories, ate meals, did crafts … and where visitors come in.
Now, it wasn’t meant to be like that, because we have a beautiful upstairs room that we had set up as our ‘good’ sitting room. Unfortunately, it seemed impossible to direct visitors upstairs, away from all the mess. So they always came in through toys, books, bags, shoes, crayons and paper and clothes. Planned visits weren’t much better: that involved some frantic tidying and clearing of the ‘dining’ table but it still felt like we were eating in the playroom.
It came in a flash and was the work of an evening: we swapped the rooms over. For the last week, the upstairs room has been our family room and the downstairs room is a toy-free grown-up space. (I should have thought of it sooner: when we had a family of friends to stay for a week, the grown-ups spent their time downstairs and the children disappeared upstairs to play).
It works so well: I don’t need to worry about mess; the children have more room to play; we spend more of the day upstairs in what is a lovely, bright and truly beautiful room (its also warmer for some reason); we have a proper room downstairs for relaxed entertaining – where it will feel ok to eat, sit, chat and relax.
I feel like our house has finally landed and I’ll post some pictures: just as soon as I’ve done a little bit of tidying.