Reading and drawing space for toddlers. Easy and fun ideas for small spaces.

You know those times when it’s too silent in the house and you wonder what it’s actually happening? What is your little munchkin doing right now? You walk towards the room while dozens of scenarios of what could it be happening are playing in your head…

Is it the dirt from a houseplant? Is it your makeup bag that it’s being inspected throughout fully? What can it be?

I am not saying that my child is perfect (cause I am writing the previous lines from experience), but so many times I was completely wrong. I was so impressed to just see her sitting on her little pink couch (click here to see the couch transformation) and reading.

There were days (oh glorious days!) in which she would spend between 30 and 40 minutes reading. My girl is an 18 months toddler, so when I say “reading” I mean looking at the pictures in the books.

So seeing this happening, I knew that I had to buy more books. And I did it. But when the books became too many I needed a place to store them.

We were having this old piano bench laying in our house with no specific purpose. I immediately thought of ways in which I could use it for my daughter’s room.

This was my little project:

 

You can see how old and bad looking the wood from the piano bench was.

I used some white, nontoxic chalk paint and brushed all over it, even inside. I left unpainted just one side (the part that you first see when you open the piano bench). Then, I used a black, nontoxic chalk paint.

Hint* In order for the chalk board to be smooth and easy to draw on you need to sprinkle some chalk dust on it and then wash the board completely. 

To do that (if you don’t already have some chalk dust), you need a regular piece of chalk and a small knife that will help you scrape the chalk dust.

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After following these steps the chalk board is smooth and ready to be used.

I placed some of the books in the storage space inside the piano bench, alongside with some chalk markers (that she will use to draw, EVERYWHERE).

I recommend using these types of markers (pic. b) because they are very easy to remove from every surface (walls, sheets, toys or anything else that your child will like to transform into a masterpiece, hehe).

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Another important detail were the protection pads (pic. b) that I attached on each corner so she will not hurt her fingers when she tries to open and close the piano bench.

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Of course the space inside the bench was not enough to store all her books so I ordered online some cloud shelves, like these ones.

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I added some white toddler chairs and voilà! Now she has a reading and drawing space – her own little library. It’s perfect for small spaces and it can be done so fast and easy.

If you don’t have a piano bench you can use a small toddler table/desk, a small coffee table, or even a small drawer that can be attached to the wall.

 

You can even fit 2 chairs if the table is long enough. This is the final result:

 

2 things I stopped buying.

Remember when I said that I am taking baby steps towards a minimalist lifestyle? It doesn’t matter if you start slow, it matters  to start somewhere.
So, here are 2 things that I stopped buying .

 

Notebooks/Journals

 

Every single time I was entering a store it was like something was guiding me directly to the aisle where they have all the cute journals and notebooks.

At first, I started buying journals that I knew for sure I am going to write in.

Then, I was trying to come up with ideas of how to use the notebooks that I was buying but not actually need. Sometimes I would buy a certain journal just because I liked the cover of it, the pages, the material, and so on (I know, that’s bad!)

Maybe you’re not like me and you really don’t care for journals and notebooks, but I am pretty sure that you have something that you buy just because it looks appealing but ends up not being used. 

So, in case you do hoard notebooks an journals, this is what I did – very simple – I kept two of them: my faith journal and one in which I like to write down all my favorite recipes (cause I am old school like that).

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Mugs

 

I once started a mug collection. I was really enjoying having different types of mugs: with message, different colors, different sizes etc. But then I realized that they take so much space and they all serve the same purpose. I didn’t have where to put them anymore and I was never using all of them (even when we were having guests). There were just too many!

 

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A small part of the collection

 

I think it’s the same thing like with the journals. There are just awesome designs out there, like this one, hehe:

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So I decided to keep just some of the ones that were given to me as a gift (and have a meaning) or the ones that are my all time favorites.

 

It is crazy how much a little change can do. Now I am using those money for something else, my space is free and organized, and everything seems so much easy to access. I really feel like this minimalism approach makes things so much easier.

 

 

 

 

I never thought it’s going to happen to me.

This is not a clickbait title. It is real. I never thought it’s going to happen to me, but it did.

That is, I realized that I want to adopt a more minimalistic type of lifestyle.

 

What does this actually mean?

It can mean many things and some people use this term – ‘minimalism’ – in a very deep way. I am talking here about letting go on some habits when shopping, decorating a space, etc.

For a long time I wanted to declutter my home, to reduce the decor items, to simplify everything down to the essentials.

I am taking baby steps but I really hope that I can carry through with this.

I started with my bedroom. I basically took out everything that doesn’t have an use, or speaks to me. This minimalist approach really helped me to put more order into my room and mind.

With this article I want to start a whole series on this blog about minimalism.

I don’t want just to present the things that I let go to, but also to give you alternatives and creative ideas when it comes to this simpler lifestyle approach.

 

If you’re interested in reading more about it, click here: 2 things I stopped buying.