We’re hopefully a little less than 3 months out from meeting baby no. 4, and figured it was about time to give our girls a room upgrade. They had been sharing a tiny room (8′ x 9′ … basically a closet) for the past several years, and it worked well for that season. But they had outgrown the space (especially considering we have plans to throw Jojo into the mix in a month or two). Our guest room is about twice the size of the girls’ old room, was used primarily for needs-to-go-into-the-attic temporary storage, and sorely neglected. So we decided to move the kids into our former guest room and make the girls’ old room the new guest room and a tiny office for Joe. It just made so much more sense for our immediate living needs.
As I mentioned, the old guest room was just neglected. We’d never painted it (and we moved into our home nearly 6 years ago), never updated the lighting, never did anything. And unless we had houseguests (which is not all that frequent), the room was a forgotten space that accumulated STUFF. Most people who had visited our home never even knew the room existed because we never showed them (minus the occasional overnight guest, and then the room would frantically be “cleaned out”). It was that much of an embarrassment. AND, when your entire home is only 1,150 square feet with 5-almost-6-inhabitants, you really shouldn’t have neglected, unused space like that. (Before photos are at the end of the post…and this was after emptying out half the stuff! Crazy how this room ALWAYS accumulated so much!) I’m so grateful to our partner Tuesday Morning, who made this transformation super fun and simple!
I’m AMAZED how simple (but not without some work, haha…) it was to completely transform this room with a few uncomplicated updates. Our new pieces from Tuesday Morning truly made the biggest impact, especially the rug. It automatically pulled the room together, created a play focal point, and added “so much cozy” (in Zoe’s words)
I encourage you to take the time to update a space in your home (guest room, front porch, laundry room, etc.) or in the home of a loved one. A few simple, affordable upgrades (paint, rug, bedding, fresh towels, etc.) can completely transform an overlooked space and truly communicate how much you appreciate those who will be spending time there. And don’t forget to check out your local Tuesday Morning; I’m always so pleasantly surprised by the savings and unique items I’m able to find at my store. I never know what I’ll find, and I think that’s my favorite part (I love the treasure hunt)! They have items for every single area of the home, so you can really revamp any space!
In the few few days that this bedroom has been finished, the kids have spent so much time playing with each other. Just last night, all five of us played for a few hours, building a sprawling city on the floor. We didn’t have the space to do this in their old room. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to turn the forgotten guest room into a space in which our children love to spend time, and will create memories for years to come.
(Here are some of the before photos, and this was after emptying out half of the clutter):
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