I am really, really enjoying our new house, even with all the work I want to do to make it ready to show more friends next weekend. A couple of rooms that really help it to work for our family are Maggie's big bedroom, and our mostly-finished basement. The reason these two do so much to eliminate clutter is that they hold most of Maggie's toys. Before, we had our living room always full of toys. Even when Maggie and I spent some time putting all the toys in boxes, they were still visible. Now? Out of sight - out of mind, right?
The other part of our finished basement was probably really cool a few years back. There's a built in shelving section that holds a tv well, but unfortunately, it doesn't hold as large a tv as hubby would like to enjoy his games and movies on. Once Maggie gets a bit older, she'll probably be comfortable hanging out and watching movies on the VCR there. Right now, she says she's 'lonely' if she spends much time down there without me. I'm a big fan of built in shelving, but by the time our family is right to get some real use for it, hubby will probably already invest in dlp lcd projectors or something else fancy to watch movies.