Friday, 27 November 2015

Garage Games...


*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Personality Garage Doors.

People are generally curious when you've a large family. There are so many questions directed at us wherever we venture, about things such as our professions, the cars we drive and our home. Namely - how do we fit in to all of it?!

With six kids in our family, you can well-imagine how cramped our standard three-bedroom home must be. We've four boys in one room together, our teenage daughter in her own room and the toddler sharing our space indefinitely in the master bedroom.

There's not a lot of room to move for so many, that's for sure. Thank goodness for our large back yard, front yard and balcony to help provide some breathing room for us all.

While our sleeping situation is currently do-able as our children are still young, there will certainly come a time when we will need a larger space. A four bedroom home would be more than ideal for a family of our size and this will be something we will be looking for in the coming months as we prepare to sell our home.

Personally I find the most difficult part of living with six children, (besides the obvious noise and mess!), is the lack of space throughout our home and not just in the bedrooms. Lack of personal space is something I crave for sure, but I find the size of the family living area within our home even more of a challenge. It's a crazy, chaotic place to be, in a standard-sized home with a perpetual 'children's party' atmosphere on the go when there's only one lounge room.

We've one, open-plan space where our kitchen meets the dining room and our lounge room branches from both. Couple that with the floorboards and our noisy brood and you can understand that there's just no retreating from our kids when they're being particularly noisy and active. It's a huge problem really and one we're enduring out of necessity for now.


One thing we've re-discovered of late, since our packing-to-move-home efforts have ebbed and flowed, is our garage. While we grown-ups have always viewed this space as a prime storage area for excess clutter, tools, toys, suitcases and other such stow-able things, our kids have discovered an entirely new play area of late.

Behind the wall of clutter of ready-boxed possessions is a whole new space.

As we've cleaned, cleared and sold off our excess stuff, our kids have been right at home in the new area available within our garage and are thoroughly enjoying rediscovering their lost items in there that have been in storage until now. 

These days, I happily hear my kids asking one another regularly, if they want to play in our garage. They're out there for some fabulously long sessions together to play on their bikes, scooters and go-carts. It's up with the garage door and in and out on their wheels. A little procession of tireless fun.



We adults have been inspired of late, to continue our clearing process in our garage. Seeing this much outdoor play has been joyous for everyone. (My kids are otherwise indoor types who enjoy gaming.)

When we moved into this home initially, I had intentions of creating a family play space in this area to compensate for our lack of interior room. Sadly it never happened until now, right at the close of our chapter in this home. It's now time to beautify this residence for the pending home-buyers' market and we're proud of our efforts to date to make this important section of our house look more appealing.

 
If you're looking to create space, increase light and add convenience in this same area of your home, (while relieving yourself of some kids!), visit Personality Garage Doors to find a stunning collection of inspiring roller doors to beautify your home. I wish we had maximised this area of our home earlier.
 
Do your kids play regularly in your own garage?
Is your garage a storage area or a spotless one?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

16 comments:

  1. I came from a family of 5 children so know what you mean about those questions. Our garage was not a place to play, but then I grew up on a 28,000 acre sheep farm so we had plenty of room to move! Good luck with your move!

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    1. You certainly don't need a garage with so much space. Your parents were truly blessed then! ;D

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  2. We don't have a garage...so there goes that!

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    1. I hope you've loads of storage space in your home and a parent's retreat?

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  3. Growing up in a family of 5 and having 4 kids myself... I need a garage... No questions asked

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    1. I am hearing you! Where else to store those boogie boards, extra toys and endless things families accumulate? ;)

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  4. Our garage is a nightmare, full to the rafters and completely disorganised!
    #TeamMM

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  5. Thanks for the link! I've just moved house and we too experienced the same thing in our garage. I am sure when my kids look back on that event in our lives (moving) they will have fondest memories of their time playing in the garage. In our new home we have actually utilised our garage as a play area - it's where I run my daycare business. We've put vinyl flooring down and furnished it and the car no longer gets a look in - it's been relegated to the shed! Will come back and check out you roller door link later on. Would love a snazzy looking door! :-)

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  6. My boys love playing in our carport (it has a roller door at the front so it's enclosed). I have to back the car out to let them play though so there's always space! And we do actually need a new roller door. Ours broke 3 years ago and we still haven't fixed it! It's a manual roller door that doesn't lock at the moment! #TeamIBOT

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  7. Wow! You sound like are a little cramped at home :). I have a three year old son, and we are always in the garage playing. We have plenty of room inside, but the garage is where his bike, scooter and other outdoor stuff is. It is certainly a good room to play in :)

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  8. We have four kids in two rooms and that's hard enough! I would love two living areas, but that's a hope for one day. Having a garage is a great way thing though. Our kids don't play in our shed because it's just too far from the house.

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  9. Ha ha. Love that first photo.
    We've just had our girls birthday party in our shed. Husband set it up like a disco! He installed a loft long ago and most of the extra stuff is stored up there out the way.
    Our neighbour has her attached garage set up as a play room, when the car isn't in there. As least they're not trashing the house!

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  10. Hubby just cleared ours out on the weekend and its a whole new room to play and scoot in. Im loving it and the red backs are gone!!

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  11. Off-course during the busy roads its not safe for kids to play outside. At this time the kids can use garage as their playing area.

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