"Remember, a wonderful aid to orderliness is a function for every room!"
-Daryl V. Hoole
So this week I've been thinking about what the function of each room should be and then how to make them the most functional.
The room I spent the most time on this week was the family room. This is where we spend the bulk of our time. It's where I sew and cut patterns, where my husband relaxes on the couch, where Simon reads, where Gracie colors, and where Ruth plays on the rug. It is also where we watch movies, have camp outs, play games and read stories. When I asked my husband what the function of the family room is he said "fun". I agree and our room reflects that.
Our house isn't for everyone---you can tell that we are...um...always doing something.
Our walls are lined with shelves that are filled with blocks and books and fabric and paint and markers and colored pencils and the like instead of with cool vases and interesting knick knacks.
I used to fret because my house isn't cool like other peoples homes and worried that people would think I was crazy for doing things like setting up a sewing machine in our family room...but I don't worry so much anymore. I think I finally get something I read in a book a long time ago. It said to be grateful for the home you have right now, knowing that at this moment it's all you need.
I think sometimes it's easy to get caught in I can't really organize this room until we are out of the baby stage or I can't really make this room usable until I can afford new furniture or I can't keep this out here because it's not stylish.
But I finally get it---all I have is all I need. So let's live the life we have. (Sure we can hope for more, better, or different...but until those changes happen let's make the most of what we have.) And right now my life consists of hand me down couches (worn but clean), toys on the shelves, and a cutting matt tucked behind the TV hutch.
All I have is all I need...and all I need is within reach in our family room.
I worked this week to organize this family room area---toys were resorted into bins---books re shelved by age level---the kids supply hut (stored in the closed shelving portion of the TV hutch) gone through and cleaned---and sewing table area purged.
I got rid of the magazines clogging up the storage shelf under a table to make way for the lap top and my sketch book. Then I even added a few of the games we play most to one of the shelves so that they will always be handy.
I also have reminded the family about some of the family room rules---no bringing food or drinks into the family room---get dressed in your bedroom, not in front of the TV while your watching cartoons---before you can start a new project you need to clean up the one you were working on before---take your shoes off---and so on...I think these rules will help the family room to fulfill it's purpose as a place to play, create, relax, and have fun.
This week I'll be attacking the bedrooms---I think I want to get all of the toys out of them and make bedrooms just a place for keeping our clothing, getting dressed, reading, and sleeping. Am I going crazy? Maybe. But I think I'm going to try it. At least for the summer.
Do you have any feelings or ideas on the function of a particular room in your home or how you help a room to fulfill it's function? I always love hearing your thoughts.