Mum transforms spare room into super organised classroom for just £350

A mum-of-four has transformed her spare room into an organised playroom and study for her children – for just £350.

Emily, 36, from Wiltshire, who is self employed, has been homeschooling her youngest children.

Since lockdown began, Emily’s three older children Nalani, 16, Leyna, 12 have been taking classes from home with e-learning.

The two youngest, who are five and one, now have their own classroom and play space to do their work.

The mum said it was chaos moving from room to room to help her daughters with their school work, so she came up with a brilliant idea to transform a spare room into a dedicated work space.

‘During the first lockdown we focused on the two older girls and setting up their bedrooms for home learning,’ Emily said.

‘I love organisation and needed a space that was equipped with everything for home learning but also could accommodate Henry so he could play while I focus on teaching Florence.

‘The first week of lockdown was chaos, moving from room to room to try and teach and help my three girls and amuse Henry.’

Emily sourced floor units for £49, wall units for £31, shelves for £12 and a rattan light shade for £1 all from IKEA.

She also bought a peg rail from H&M for £12.99 and a rattan mirror for £19.99 from Homesense.

Additionally, the 36-year-old purchased Aykasa storage crates from Radish Loves, which ranged between £4.95 to £9.95, as well as rattan baskets and houses from OlliElla, prints, a rug and braided pear basket from Ferm Living.

Emily managed to transform the space in just one weekend.

The mum says the home schooling now feels a lot easier and her children are thrilled that they can learn and play together in their new space.

She added: ‘The organisation is brilliant. Everything we need is stored in the pullout drawers and easy to access.

‘Home schooling has become a joy, something we are excited to do because we are all set up for it.

‘The children love the new playroom/home learning room.

‘There is always something for them to do. I have lots of sustainable open-ended play toys for them to make up their own games, which they love.

‘It was really nice to see such a positive response on social media, it’s been a great way to discuss with other parents how to flip a room, gather ideas about storage spaces and to share where to find some of the lovely decorative items in the room that I’ve sourced.’

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