…since my last post, that is. So much has happened since then (Stella’s 1st birthday, the trip to LA and Vegas, mom’s 70th birthday party, etc etc), and instead of resurrecting my blog with posts and photos of fun family events, exciting travels, or cute puppies, here I am about to show you the mess that is our room. Lately I’ve been getting that itch to Konmari the shit out of our room, which serves as our bedroom and Stella’s play area. I realize that this is not the most ideal set up, but as we currently live with my folks, and there are no other rooms for her to play in, this will have to do. I’ve also been wanting to introduce a Montessori-style set up for my 20-month old and it’s much harder than I thought. I’ve had to have kid-size furniture, purge her toys, acquire new materials that are more Montessori style, and basically just overhaul our entire room.
Looking at it, in a photo, though, brings to light just how incomplete the set up still is. There are still tons to do and I don’t know how I’ll be able to squeeze this in, with all the other things going on in my life.
For starters, here are the things in my to-do list.
1. Get rid of Minnie Mouse wall decor! That was part of the decor from Stella’s 1st birthday party and we put it up on the wall because it was too cute and we couldn’t bear to just throw it away. Now I think it just looks like an eye sore against the baby blue wall. I need to get that out and have the wall sanded. I tried doing it before and the paint just came off and I just didn’t have the energy to have it fixed so I just left Minnie alone.
2. Replace the photos and other pictures with other wall art. Or maybe just print photos of Stella and hang those up. Right now, half of the photos are of Stella, half are just random images I got free from the Internet. I really can be the queen of chopseuy design I swear.
3. Fix Stella’s toy shelf. Right now the shelf is a hodge podge of toys and materials, and while I’m not a Montessori purist, I do want to veer towards a more Montessori approach. That means out with electronic toys and in with toys that are made of natural materials like wood. God help me! Sometimes I ask myself why I do these things. But I love the idea of Montessori, I truly do. That should be a post for another time.
4. Fix the top of the ref. Right now there’s a big wire basket where we dumped all of Stella’s shoes. We have to always scrounge for shoes whenever we go out. Que horror. I need to find a remedy for that situation asap.
5. Purge her library of books she doesn’t actually use. She cycles through maybe 10 different books, and the rest she doesn’t really care much for. I need to add to her library (find more, nicer, read-aloud books!) and find appropriate storage for the other books.
In the end, I really just want a calm, peaceful, cheerful environment for Stella, even if it’s just her bedroom and play area. Right now it’s still looking so far from that, but I shall overcome!