See how her toys are all just piled in the toy box? I wanted to find something that would better display her toys so that she could choose the toy she wanted - instead of pulling me by the arm, and pointing and grunting until I correctly provide her with the toy she had been looking for (which was her chosen method when her toys were stored using the above method). A friend of mine (thanks Emily!) clued me in to the IKEA Expedit series of products - specifically the 2 x 4 cube bookshelf, as pictured here:
image courtesy of IKEA
So, the day after Christmas, we made a family trek to IKEA to pick this up - at $69, I considered it a bargain. It was super easy to put together, albeit pretty heavy, and I think it looks great serving as our sofa console table/toy storage shelf - the dimensions were similar to the dimensions of our console table that was there previously (which I just sold on Craigslist, together with the matching coffee table, for $100!). Here's how Heidi's play area looks now (when she's sleeping of course - when she's awake and playing , all bets are off!):
I'm currently searching for a nice, thick 5x7 rug to put in place of the rug/mat hodge podge that's going on there now, but for the moment, the rug/mat serves its purpose by creating a barrier between Heidi and the ceramic tile floor!
I know it's been awhile since my last post - in addition to spending time with my family, I've also been working on several additional projects concurrently, which I hope to unveil in the coming days, so stay tuned!