Monday, February 25, 2013

Game Night- Organized!

I'm baaaccckk!! We packed up and headed to Florida for a week of family, fun, and sun. We spent lots of time with family, hung out by the pool, and said "Hello" to Mickey too. How quickly those 9 days flew by and we were faced right back with reality. We have been back home for a week now- and I've become very unmotivated. Cleaning, organizing, and decorating were the last thing on this momma's mind. The sun finally came out yesterday and while it was still very chilly, that sun was all the motivation I needed to get my butt back into gear. So I spent my Sunday off from work doing what I do best- cleaning, and I even threw in an organization project too!

Our mudroom has been a blank canvas since we moved into our freshly built home. While it is a cozy little nook in the entry of our home- I'm blessed to have it. I've pinned so many mudroom ideas on Pinterest over the past year or so, and finally convinced the hubby to create my dream board and batten treatment on the wall. This happened about 6 months ago, and while the basework is complete....lots of finishing touches need to be made. My husband built an awesome bench with a large amount of storage space. This space has become our catchall- shoes, board games, items that need returned, pet items, etc. After cleaning our main floor I decided to tackle the bench. I started by emptying everything out to start with a clean slate.

I sure did create quite a mess.

Once I had the space all emptied, I vacuumed it out and then cleaned it with my homemade vinegar cleaning solution (recipe to be posted in an upcoming post). Once it was squeaky clean I decided to pretty the boring white wood up by adding a layer of contact paper to the base. This will make it much easier to wipe clean too.

Much prettier- isn't it? After looking at the pile of goodies that came out of the bench I decided that we had an overabundance of board games. The lightbulb came on and I decided to turn the bench into storage for all of our games. This works perfectly for our friday night game nights that take place a couple steps away at our kitchen table.

 So I went through and pulled out all of the games and puzzles that our kids have outgrown and added them to the garage sale pile. I then added all of the games back into the bench, puzzles on the left, games on the right. much better!
Oodles and Oodles of board games keep the kids from getting bored. Bringing the family together around the table for fun is an added bonus.

Puzzles are perfect for quiet time and individual play.
When the fun and games are over, we simple flip the lid back down and carry on with our day. The game storage is a perfect solution to keeping our collection organized. You wouldn't believe how this freshly organized space brought the attention of our kids- you would have thought it was Christmas day.
Once the finishing touches are put on our mudroom I'll be back with a full breakdown of the exciting project. Until then, I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek. How do you keep your board games organized?
P.S. Money Saving Monday will be back next week!