The thing about renting and moving every 1-3 years, as other military families know well, is that it always provides a new opportunity and challenge to turn a house into a home. We may not get to make any changes to it or even paint (we always want to!!) but we do get to make each space our own. It’s something I love doing with every move.
This landing on top of the mudroom and side entrance is the most modern part of our house, which is not our taste.. so it awkwardly sat untouched and unloved for the first few months, until John Shea started showing interest in coloring and painting (often on our slipcovers or duvet…) I wanted to give him and Gracie a place to be creative (and give my tiny European washing machine a break!) and be intentional about encouraging that. Little kids have such a wonderful way of reminding you that simplicity is always better. Their imaginations don’t need much, mostly just open spaces for them to freely roam and play. So I kept it simple and all unbreakable. There’s a ton of natural light and we’re in here multiple times a day. I no longer pass by this spot and cringe at the unused space and empty boxes. Now when we get home and come up the stairs, it’s the first place John Shea & Grace excitedly run to. It’s cute, fun, and is blessing my kids which is exactly what I was going for.
If you also move a lot, or have unused space in your home because it’s awkward or isn’t your taste, I encourage you to give it purpose and make it your own! You may just come to love it, as we have.