Story Sunshine is seven years old today. SEVEN! Where did the years go? it seriously feels like just the other day she was a sweet little toddler who couldn't use the potty.... Now she's done with the First Grade and is the best big sister.
In honor of her birthday we decided to give her room a little update. There wasn't anything wrong with her old room. She just didn't have enough space. This kid has got a lot of stuff. I mean, A LOT. Thing is, she really does play with it all. All at the same time. Needless to say, her room is a disaster area majority of the time. Her biggest issue was storage and space. The room was lacking in both. I brainstormed for a while and came up with a solution that seems to be working. Don't get me wrong, it still looks like a bomb went off in there a lot of the time. But, we're getting there. Baby steps. So, we sent her to spend the night with her Great-Grandma on a Friday evening. I went into a frenzy getting the entire room completed by the time she got home Saturday afternoon. It was a lot of fun, and a little nerve wracking.
Let me give you a little refresher on what the room looked like before. All of her old furniture moved from the Townhouse to here. Some of it worked, but some didn't. I didn't really have a chance to do much to her room when we lived in the Townhouse (I'm looking at you, Dirty Neighbors). But, I had completely remodeled her room when we lived in the Apartment. -- You can check that out here, and here --
It's definitely not horrible, just cramped, and not much personality. I wanted to finally add her personal items, fun things she had been saving.
Here is the after! The main thing you'll notice is the bed! We took it all the way to the ceiling. This gave her so much more room for activities #namethatmovie
My dad gifted Story a loft bed for her birthday! This really opened up the whole room and gave her the added square footage she really needed. We've been really fortunate that every place we've lived has had large bedrooms. This one is average sized, maybe a bit on the small side, but still a decent sized room. It would be great to have a play-room where all of the kids could keep their toys. But the age gap is just too big between the girls. Story is into Lego's and other small things that Finley could and would choke on. Story's room has to be both a bedroom and a playroom.
I was able to put her old school desk under her bed to create a study area, along with a "book nook" as she likes to call it. The peg board lets her add things that are special to her at the moment. Right now it's a few Girl Scout items, her "Dirt Land" flag and the medal she received for dance.
I finally had the chance to hang up her photos! She's been asking about them for months. I honestly don't know why I waited so long. It's super easy to do and adds instant character to her space. This gallery wall has family photos, Circa 2012. They really need to be updated.
Across from her bed I added another small gallery wall. It's a mixture of fun prints she's liked. I didn't touch the closet. I honestly wouldn't of had enough time. She's at this weird age where she wants to do more big kid activities but still wants to play dress-up.
This was really a small scale update. I'd love to do a complete overhaul. That might be something fun to do come Spring. When Story came home from her Grandma's, her old bed frame was in the foyer. She was super confused and I played it up like something really bad happened in her room. She ran down the hall and was completely shocked by her new room. She may have even cried a bit and gave me a really big hug!
I Should Be Mopping The Floor
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