Today starts the One Room Challenge Spring 2022 Edition!
If you’re unfamiliar, the ORC is an event that happens twice a year as a way to promote community over competition. The challenge is doing a room makeover in 8 weeks! The last ORC that we completed was Spring 2020 when we made over our patio which you can see here.
I’ve had to sit out the last few since I have either been too sick or too busy wrangling babies but I want to try to jump back in now that the twins are (almost) 1 and we can manage things a little better. And if you follow me on Instagram, no, we are not doing our bathroom for the ORC; yes I am still also working on it and one day it might actually be finished.
Let’s talk about the space we’re actually going to be making over and why.
This is the listing photo of our smallest bedroom. If you are a long-time follower you might recognize this room as the one we turned into our closet.
It has served us well as a closet or most recently as a dumping ground for all things that don’t have a home but the time has come to give this room over to the kids. Ever since OG was born we’ve used the largest room in our downstairs as the playroom. This worked great for a while when the toys were minimal but as she has gotten older and the toys (and children) have multiplied, it has become overwhelming and I want to move it all to a room where I can close the door and pretend the mess doesn’t exist.
Could I just pick it up regularly? Yes. Will I? No. So upstairs it goes!
You might be wondering what’s going to happen with all of our clothes and the answer is, we’re going to be living out of bins and shelves in our room until we can get around to building wall to wall wardrobes. It’s not ideal but the need for a dedicated playroom upstairs is a higher priority for us right now.
OG is very excited about this and has already started talking about her new playroom and I’m excited to finally get started even with the bathroom project still looming overhead. Her only must have so far is a rainbow wall so that will definitely be making an appearance. We’re also planning on mounting a TV, possibly painting the ceiling a fun color, and building a window seat and hopefully a play kitchen.
We’ve already hit our first snag with a knock-off Nugget (basically a modular sofa for kids that can be turned into all sorts of fun stuff for playing) that has not decompressed fully even after leaving it out the required two weeks but hopefully we can return it and try again.
Actual work on the space won’t start until next week because this week is focused on party prep for the boys’ first birthday this weekend. Here’s hoping we can get this (and the bathroom) done!
Check out the other participants here.