Aren’t Mother-In-Laws The Best?

When Sherry’s mom was here a couple of weekends ago for Clara’s birthday party she clocked more than her fair share of hours helping us clean the house in preparation. Perhaps her most miraculous accomplish was in the future playroom / second kids bedroom (aka: current junkroom) which looked like this when she arrived (no kidding):

Since our junk basically screamed “I Will Topple Over On Your Baby!” we were just planning to close and lock the door during the party to keep all of the littler guests away from certain death. That plan went to pot when we realized that we couldn’t physically close the door anymore (mainly due to the poorly timed delivery of a large box full of replacement parts for our recalled outdoor grill, which came the day before the party).

So before one might consider us candidates for an episode of Hoarders, my mother-in-law took it upon herself to get things organized. Ahhhhh……

Now the door closes, which was definitely necessary for the party (let me paint you a picture: kids everywhere). Surprisingly, Diana didn’t actually throw that much away – except maybe a few boxes that we had been hanging on to (like the one for Sherry’s sewing machine in case she and Oh Brother didn’t survive their first few rocky weeks together). So this really is just a result of sorting and putting things in some semblance of order (pillows with pillows, baskets nested inside of each other or stacked, etc).

Now it’s almost like this entire room is our mega “decor store” from which to pull frames, accessories and pillows when we need ’em elsewhere in the house. At least that’s what we tell ourselves when we feel super slothy for having a room full of not-sure-where-it’ll-land-yet stuff after five months of living here.

Oh, and notice that vintage kids chair? That was a birthday gift from Sherry’s mom. It’s the actual chair that she and her six siblings used when they were growing up to eat meals. Cool, right? I mean, in that totally-not-up-to-current-safety-standards way. But nonetheless, it’s fun to have in our possession (imagining my mother-in-law as a baby eating mushed up bananas is always a trip). We’ve got big plans for it as Clara’s big girl chair after she’s past her highchair days. In fact Sherry’s already googling around to make sure we can safely fix it up (making sure there aren’t any lead/formaldehyde issues since those were used in old furnishings). That’s my slightly neurotic girl.

As happy as it made us to have the room walkable again, it’s obviously still miles away from being a usable playroom. Luckily there’s no rush to get started (since the living room, office, sunroom, nursery, and kitchen are all playrooms for the bean these days). But Clara and I did take a few moments to enjoy the fact that we could actually see the floor again. The fact that all 6 feet of me can now lay down in there is nothing short of a miracle.

Thanks Nonna! We promise to (do our best not to) mess it up again.


  1. Anna says

    I love that you have a “collecting” room. And now you have an organized one! I wish I could say that! I bet you guys feel so much better now!

  2. says

    such a big change (and I’m sure it makes you both feel better to know that chaos doesn’t lurk behind a closed (or open) door.

    also? to further the progress, i totally recommend the Space Bags for the pillows and whatnot…they really work well, and make things “storeable” if you haven’t already given them a go :)

  3. Suzanne says

    I L.O.V.E. the vintage “high” chair! I am totally on the lookout for one to use once our daughter outgrows her current one! My mother-in-law has one that has seen tons of use from my niece and nephew…they are just so cool!

  4. Emily Hansen says

    My aunt has the same type of vintage chair. It was always a fight to see which kid would get to sit on it. Looks great!

  5. Sheila says

    We have one of those highchairs – my MIL found it either at a garage sale or somewhere but my kids fight over who will sit in it (they are 5 & 2). We didn’t put any safety straps on it since it slides under the table fine & my 2 yr old is pretty good about staying seated until she is done.

    • says

      Haha, probably. Just make sure she doesn’t try to sneak off with yours (she wants to pack Clara up in her suitcase every time she comes).


    • says

      Right, check all suitcases for stowaway adorable babies :)

      I meant to tell you, I am SO STOKED that I finished all our boxes just in time for our one-year anniversary of being in this house! Are you guys going to do anything fun & awesome for your one year?

    • says

      I think we’d love to celebrate somehow. John is a sucker for commemorating things (I forget what we were doing “this time last year” but he always remembers).


  6. says

    I noticed the dark wooden shelf in the middle of the room in the ‘messy picture’ looks a lot like the now-painted-green-looking-one in the far left corner of the cleaned version picture. Did you guys sneak a quick paint in there?

    • Katrina says

      I had those shelves in college too. In fact, years later they still reside in our house (currently as bedside tables in our guest room). We plan to give them the young house treatment and give them new life in our daughter’s big kid room. Now to choose a paint color – that green may fit the bill!

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