Organizing & Staging

What the Father Learned

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in Blog, Terry's Blog |

Last weekend, my grandchildren were visiting. The boys ran around while my granddaughter sat quietly making crafts with her aunt. The way she played sparked a memory of little twin girls I had once met, and how the way they played changed the way I organized their space. The clients were a very nice couple, with very sweet daughters and very little time. The girls’ playroom was a mess, but they were  busy and the prospect of tackling the task was overwhelming, The knowledge of the enormity of the task and the presence of the mess was causing severe stress for the couple. That was when they called me.

 As I organized toys and matched pieces in the L-shaped room, the girls would come in a play around me. The two girls had completely different personalities and playstyles. One was active, the other was  quieter and static in her play. She was happiest sitting still and playing with her dollhouse.  I realized  the toys in the room were arranged backwards! The arm of the L made a perfect quiet alcove. I shifted the toys around so every active, mobile toy was in the larger section of the room and placed the dollhouse and other static toys in the smaller section. Dividing the play areas had the added advantage of making cleanup easier, since toys were more likely to stay near where they were to be put away.

Over the course of the sessions, I pulled out the toys that didn’t suit either play style, as well as lots of bits and parts. I recommended they put them away for a while to see if they were missed.  With the room put back in order and the toys organized to the girls’ preferences, I said my goodbyes. I followed up a little while later to see how the room had worked out and received a wonderful email in response. The father had written back his thanks, with a little something extra. He wanted me to know what he had learned. I wish I still had his email, I can’t due justice to the sweetness of his words. But the gist was: We thought we were doing good by buying them more, but we learned the girls were happier with less!