Archives for February 20, 2012

the big boys’ room (with a new place to keep books and treasures)

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

You might recall that I trespassed into Seth and Gabe’s room not too long ago.  I threw away some things I shouldn’t have and got myself into trouble.  That episode motivated me to beg Jonny to tackle a little project that we have talked about for well over five years.  He built simple oil rubbed pine shelves to line the ceiling around half of the room.

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

Seth and Gabe share a very small (9 x 9) closet-less room.  They have a bunkbed, an armoire for their clothing, and until Jonny built this new set of shelves, there was a bookcase against one wall.  That bookcase was overfilled with books, and the edges of the shelves were cluttered with “treasures” of all sorts that have been found by Seth mostly via metal detecting.  I wanted to free up those square feet occupied by the bookcase, and provide Seth with a way to store all his finds.  In the process the room got a very good cleaning;  I swept up enough dirt to make a generous mudpie.  Gabe, Seth, and I worked together to sort through their belongings, only keeping the things that were important to them.

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

Seth’s favorite bottles occupy the shelf over his head.

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

His special books, along with many of our chapter books fill one wall.

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

Gabe already had a (made by Jonny) shelf next to his bottom bunk to keep bedtime reading and a book light.

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

Seth used his collection of old canning jars and lids he has found, along with some jars from our pantry, to sort and store his treasures.  This system allows him to separate things into categories, which he enjoys, and also to easily look through his finds.  When a jar becomes too full, he will know that it is time to part with some of his objects.  He’s allowed to keep all he wants in his room as long as it fits inside the jars.  He can only have as many jars as will neatly fit in their section on the shelf.

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

There’s a jar for marbles, not just any marbles, only those that he has dug up.

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

And a jar for old silverware, also dug up.

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

I placed our field guides on the shelves as well, moving them from the basket they have been in on the floor for ages.  They haven’t fared well at the hands of my younger children.

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

The metal detectors are now stored in a basket.  This helps prevent dirt all over the floor, as they get very dirty.

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

Jonny put a hook in the ceiling so that the boys’ hornet nest could be hung rather than left sitting on top of the armoire.  (Every little boy needs a hornets’ nest right?  What? You couldn’t sleep at night with one of those near your bed?)

new shelves in Seth and Gabe's room

I am so very, very happy about this room now.  It is set up in a way that Gabe and Seth can manage it on their own with little need for me to interfere.  Thank you, Jonny.

p.s.  Silas is much better.  He’s still coughing at night, but it’s regular cough now rather than a croupy one.

p.p.s.  Seth was going to include some photos of recent finds from his recent treasure hunts in this post, but decided last minute to wait.  He says that he wants to find a few more wheat pennies so he can “bust the thirty mark” before sharing them with you. (translation:  he wants to wait until he has found thirty wheat pennies before he shows you any more.)