As promised, I wanted to keep you posted on my journey. The living room is finished and I have pictures to prove it. I have to say I love the new entertainment center with all the shelves. The open shelving keeps toys, books and games off the floor, but still visible. I can't tell you how many times we have played Uno or Sorry over the past weeks. Since the girls can see their games, they want to play before bed. It has been a lot of fun playing with the kids in the evening instead of watching television. Don't get me wrong there has been a few scuffles. I'm not naming names but there are some fierce competitors in this family.
Because we bought new furniture, I wanted to keep the storage solutions simple and reuse what I could. I found a few baskets on clearance at Pier One. They were the perfect size to fit in the bottom shelves of the entertainment center. I filled one with educational type toys and the other with small cars and trucks. I reused three bins I had from our old house. These are nice and large and have tops. They keep all the bulky items concealed. We still have push and ride on toys for now. They are just parked in the corner with the bins. For blankets and pillows I have a metal bucket behind the couch.