I had to wait until our nest started emptying until I got an exercise room.
Fitness Minutes: (30,175)
89 3/4/12 2:09 P
Yes, I'll defend it!
I've given permission for DH and the boys to use it for wrestling if I'm not in there (it'll protect breakables in the rest of the house!) and I'll have to bring in the fold-away bed and offer it as a guest room when my mother visits, but those are fair compromises.
I think keeping "stuff" from creeping in will be the biggest challenge, but easier for me in an almost empty room than in a normally furnished room.
Fitness Minutes: (15,360)
9,707 3/4/12 11:22 A
That is a real accomplishment. I'm thoroughly jealous! Defend your space with a vengeance... it's a valuable resource!
Fitness Minutes: (30,175)
89 3/4/12 10:56 A
I live in an older house with small-ish rooms in a crowded suburb of Boston, so space is always at a premium. Sharing the home with my husband and two kids, I realized that everyone has their own space... except for me! My husband has an office. My kids prefer to share a bedroom, but I gave them an entire room for their playroom (and the toys still trickle into the shared space of the family room.) My desk is in a corner of the family room; I do my craft projects on the family room floor.
But we do have one little room, previously the nursery, then the upstairs playroom, that I'm taking back for myself. The kids have a whole room downstairs--and who wants toys scattered on EVERY level?
It is a funny shape, about a 7 foot square with a 3' x 4.5' lump on one side making it kind of L-shaped. DH and I emptied it out yesterday. I covered the wood floor with some brightly colored foam floor tiles we'd used as a floor-softening play mat when the kids were little. I've got one wide wooden shelf with a small tv on top; resistance bands, yoga mat and a few videos on the upper shelf; and my dumbbells on the lower shelf. DH donated his old laptop so I can view SparkPeople exercise demos and DVDs up there.
There is just enough room for me to follow a video without knocking into the walls. (Phew!) I have banned ALL SMALL TOYS from the room, so I won't be constantly stepping on a Lego brick and hurting myself when I do a tape. (Parents will totally get this.)
I'm excited because it is nice to have a space to work out at home. I think I'm even more excited because I am claiming a corner of the house for myself. Everyone seems to think that "everything in the house is Mom's space", but, just because I'm responsible for cleaning it, that doesn't make it a room of my own!
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