A Playroom Unpack in St. John’s Wood

Storage with baskets full or organised toys in a child's playroom

Having recently moved to London from the US with her family of 4, our client contacted us to get some help with unpacking and organising her playroom.

Stepping straight into a busy, new job and helping her family to navigate both a new city and a new country, our client needed some help to get the last few areas of her home up and running so her family could feel settled in.

Her young children are keen crafters and she wanted to create a calm, clutter-free and space for her twins which could also be used as a cosy chill area for the family’s movie nights.

The room was just off the kitchen and our client really wanted it to be a space that meant any kids’ activities that spread into the kitchen could be quickly and easily cleared away and tucked out of sight when guests came round.



Favourite Feature

The styled bookshelves

Number of Hours

1 day

Services Provided

Unpacking, Organising

Number of Organisers



To unpack the moving boxes and create a room that allowed the kids the freedom to play, but could also be quickly transformed into a relaxing room for the whole family to enjoy.

The movers had already unpacked lots of boxes throughout the house, but there was a lot stored in this room that needed to be sorted out, including some pieces of furniture that our client had brought in the move, but wasn’t sure if they were needed. She also knew that she wanted to fit in a sofa in a way that meant they could watch films together as a family.

The family had done a big edit before their move so most of the kids’ toys, games and art supplies would be staying. Our client also had lots of great organising products from her old home that we could repurpose and reuse for the new space to create a really functional room that looked cool and composed. Even playrooms deserve to look great and good quality containers that have withstood a big move from the States are an excellent starting point. No overstuffed drawers and piles of random things on every worktop here!

In the planning meeting we talked through exactly how the family wanted to use the room. We took a good look at everything that needed to be in there and had a chat about how the children play. By working through the details, like what the children most like to play with and whether there were toys that needed a bit of adult supervision (paint and playdoh!), we could design the room to both suit the storage we had available and what the kids needed to make the room fun and functional.

During our organising session, we started by placing the furniture and designing a layout that would accommodate a sofa for movie nights. We removed a cube storage unit and a freestanding bookshelf which instantly made the space feel larger and gave us a starting point for the organisation.

The arts and crafts trolley, which could be wheeled in and out of the kitchen for big art projects that need a bit of adult oversight, underwent a major makeover with the help of a few of our go-to products. We used tall inserts to contain all the pens and pencils, acrylic boxes to store larger groups of arts and crafts supplies and photo boxes and mesh zip bags to separate out some of the smaller crafty bits.

In organising and styling the bookshelves we faced the challenge of fitting a large number of books, puzzles, board games and toys onto the shelves while keeping it feeling calm and looking composed. When you’re dealing with the garish colours and mismatched sizes of children’s toys, it’s really easy to end up with something that always looks a bit (or a lot chaotic).

We solved this by adding an extra shelf and storing some board games upright and others in stacks, creating a space-saving display that looked great. We also added points of interest by displaying the kids’ Lego creations and creating a “super-achiever” shelf to showcase their trophies and prized creations.

"It was so lovely to have such wonderful help getting us and our children settled in to our new home"

If unpacking after a new move is making you feel overwhelmed, we can help. Get in touch today for a no-obligation consultation to see how we can help make your home better.

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