I broke the room up into various 'areas' - maths, science, art, writing, the main work table, and a new space which I hope to talk about tomorrow. Everything was given its own space - a place to live and breathe. Having two bigger boys now means they need a lot more sit down space away from each others elbows. By spreading areas over the room they find a niche that suits their mood and they get a chance to work on something without the constant need to clear away for another task.
I also labelled. Everything. The eldest declares he likes this very much. Everything is clear to him. I like it too. It seems to clear my head a bit seeing everything ordered like this. Who knew.
This writing station was made to encourage creative writing - coloured paper, stamps, fancy pens, oh and two vintage typewriters. Of course. Because when you have a mama who has a thrifting compulsion to bring every old typewriter home with her you may as well make use of a couple of them.... (I have four in case you are wondering. We've established I'm insane.) There is also a letter writing station in there somewhere - full of everything they need to stay in touch.
The library got an overhaul - things were juggled around and the shelves labelled for easy identification and easier PUTTING BOOKS AWAY (she says, not at all hopefully). It has been a loooong time since a simple 'fiction/non-fiction' worked for us. There are more books around the corners of those other shelves too...
And the science station, filled with our rocks and minerals (and fossils!), binoculars, microscope, magnifying glasses, bug viewers, nets and books, as well as a plethora of science kits and telescope - all are now labelled and within easy reach.
It's one vision I thought I'd never be able to materialise. Alhamdulillah. Having such an ordered open space, with spaces that work for us - at last - has made a huge difference.
And tomorrow I'll show you the final area insha'allah ... my personal favourite!