|Lars's bedroom after 4+ hours of blood, sweat and tears|
I just kept repeating that "the way it was" wasn't working, and we needed to change his room a little if he wanted to keep his toys in there. We ended up moving his bed about 6" to the left, just enough so I could fit the dark brown shelving unit between the bed and the desk. The shelving unit was a temporary fix introduced over the summer and had been shoved in a corner where it didn't fit well, and it was formerly piled with junk on every shelf. The two fabric covered storage boxes on the bottom have padded seat lids and used to be in the toy room, but they fit perfectly on the bottom shelf and they are filled with Transformers. This shelving unit is the first thing I see from the doorway to Lars's room, so I wanted it to be neat and orderly. The dogs can also reach the bottom two shelves, so I didn't put anything there that they could get into.
The oversize books on the next shelf were formerly housed in a wall-mounted book rack with the covers facing out that didn't take up a lot of physical space in the room, but that created a lot of visual clutter. We got that book rack from Pottery Barn Kids when Lars was in preschool and it was great for all of the picture books we were reading at that time, but it was time for that piece to come out of the room. I finally convinced Lars to put his Hogwarts Castle Lego set on the next shelf up (instead of on his bathroom floor, where he preferred to keep it), which was a major victory. Loose Lego bricks and K'Nex pieces were separated from other toys and mixed together in a 15-gallon red plastic storage bin with rope handles (Lars enjoys combining Legos with K'Nex when he builds his own structures), and that bin was placed inside Lars's closet, away from curious puppy rabbits. All of his various trading cards were collected in one of the storage baskets in one of his bed cubbies, every surface was dusted and vacuumed, and the bookshelves were reorganized so that they contain books only and not books plus everything else.
|Jubilation! Lars loves me again!|
|The Lego Store, Concord, NC|