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How This Mom Repurposed Her Kids' Room To Make Space For Learning At Home
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Eunice Cleofas
  • With the COVID-19 pandemic showing very little signs of abating in the Philippines, the government prohibited in-person classes and engage in homeschooling or distance education for the time being for their safety. This has pushed families to make several huge adjustments, from looking for the proper avenue for learning, to creating nooks where kids can focus.

    Eunice Cleofas, who had previously shared how she and her family had upgraded their kitchen, had recently turned her sights to the bedroom of her two boys. “Ever since, they were co-sleeping in our master bedroom, while their room became our stockroom/laundry room,” she shared with Real Living.

    The space needed organizing and a bit of refurbishing for it to once again be usable for the kids. “Because I have enrolled them in an online learning school, I was obliged to fix their room in preparation for the school year [starting] in August. Plus, since I am working from home since [the] ECQ, I have all the time needed for home renovations.”

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    The kids' room became a stockroom/laundry room since they were sleeping in the master's bedroom.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Eunice Cleofas
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    She first organized her children’s Nerf gun collection using a holder she had previously made. “I made a DIY toy holder out of old chicken fence and painted it yellow.”

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    An old chicken fence became a Nerf Gun collection holder.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Eunice Cleofas

    She also repurposed party tables into study tables. “[I believe] Having a personalized and organized area will encourage my kids to study.”

    The kids needed space for doing more school work at home due to the pandemic.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Eunice Cleofas
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    A pair of second-hand chairs were cleaned and given new covers.

    Second-hand furniture works just as great after some cleaning and new covers.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Eunice Cleofas

    The pallet wood she previously used in her DIY kitchen makeover was also given a new role. She added them to the kids' bedroom and turned them into hat holders.

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    Pallet wood (from her previous home project) became the kids' hat holders.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Eunice Cleofas

    A DIY bed that Eunice’s uncle made earlier sits in one corner of the room. Customized drawers were added for additional storage.

    The kids' DIY bed had new drawers for additional storage space.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Eunice Cleofas
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    This is the before photo of the kids' bedroom:

    The Kids' bedroom was a mess and housed different things that didn't even belong there.
    ILLUSTRATOR Courtesy of Eunice Cleofas

    Now, here's the after photo:

    Now the kids' bedroom has spaces for sleep, storage, and school work.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Eunice Cleofas
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    If, like Eunice, you are organizing a room for a specific purpose and are at a loss as to where to start, try to first think of what your end goal is and what you need to achieve it. Plan your space around your goal, and then make an inventory of what you already have that you can repurpose. Only buy items that you know you canât do without. For a children's room, especially, accessible storage spaces are important. Avoid repositories that are too high or hidden as kids may be discouraged to use them. Open storage is a good option.

    This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.phMinor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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