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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?