Combined Spaces can be tough - Solved!

 A long room that tries to be a lounge room and a playroom too!

A long room that tries to be a lounge room and a playroom too!

 Too much going on in the one small space.

Too much going on in the one small space.

This living room/playroom suffered from a lack of definitive layout and storage. The clients had two young children who were not at home for much of the day, but they were in this room for the time when they were home.

This particular client was having organising done in preparation for a housekeeper to start immediately, so any solutions needed to be easily maintained by someone who didn't live in the home. 

In the end, a lot of the problem in the room was the layout. I needed to create definitive spaces for the three different activities that occured in the room; baby changing, toddler playing, and TV watching.   

 The living room is clearly demarcated by angling the white chair and removing all toys. 

The living room is clearly demarcated by angling the white chair and removing all toys. 

 Baby items all moved to a dedicated corner with all extra supplies stored beneath. There is now room to move the baby items back to a location when tidying. 

Baby items all moved to a dedicated corner with all extra supplies stored beneath. There is now room to move the baby items back to a location when tidying. 

 A dedicated storage space for toys that were often used in the space.

A dedicated storage space for toys that were often used in the space.

The client actually had a whole lower floor that had been dedicated as a toy room, but (as usually happens) it was rarely used as a playroom because when the family was home they congregated on the main floor. 

The toys that had previously been in the living room had only been there as the toddler had brought them up herself. The client did not want toys stored in the living room, but understood that it was going to happen - it was the natural flow of the home with two young children. 

I brought up a shelving unit from the lower floor and brought up the toys that she was interested in. 


During this particular session we also worked on the front room, which was being treated as a dining room/entrance zone. We debated whether to move the dining table to the back room, but ultimately the fact this front room was adjacent to the kitchen won out! 

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 A very small kitchen, very typical of renovated townhouses in Sydney. 

A very small kitchen, very typical of renovated townhouses in Sydney. 

 Post organising (pre floor clean) after shot. 

Post organising (pre floor clean) after shot. 

As part of the earlier session, we also worked in the kitchen. The client was an avid baker, but lacked the time and space to keep the kitchen neat. We reorganised the cupboards - which were actually fairly empty before we started. 

Unfortunately, a lot of food had to be discarded due to an infestation of moths. It is very common for aspiring bakers to have a moth/weevil problem due to unsecured starches. Most supermarkets now sell moth traps, which are a fantastic way to keep your pantry clear of them.