The biggest addition to Lyla's room is the kitchen Adam and I got the babies for their first birthday. They love to open and close all the doors and put the play food into the pots and pans. It's been nice to have another area where we can play besides the living room. Whenever they start getting crabby, usually if we just go to a different room in the house, they're more content.
I also made a few other small tweaks. I rehung her artwork. Even as I was hanging it when we first split up the babies, I knew I didn't like where I was hanging it. But I was just trying to get it done before someone had a meltdown so I just went with it. So I rehung it gallery wall style instead of sprinkled throughout the room.
Lyla loves her room. She adores digging through her big bin of books. She'll pull out her favorites and stare intently at them for good chunks of time. She also loves her crib. She's happy to just roll around in it with her blanket even if she's not tired. And when she wakes up, I'll hear her happily chatting to herself before I come get her. She also enjoys gnawing on the top side rail of the crib. There are some pretty hefty teeth marks. Good thing Adam made us get the cribs with non-toxic finishes!
We still have the changing table in Lyla's room. I can count on one hand how many times we've actually used it to change diapers. But it still works as good storage. We keep all of the babies' extra sheets and blankets stored in there, along with extra wipes, diaper cream, etc. We'll probably replace it with bookshelves one day, but it works for now.
Another change was moving Archer's clothes to his room. I kept all the clothes in one closet, which made it easier to put away laundry. But thanks to generous hand-me-downs from my cousin (Thanks, Becky!) and friends (Thanks, Emily & Libby!), Lyla needed more space for her cute clothes. Poor thing, she doesn't have anything to wear.
I keep a garment bag (that white bag on the top right shelf) in each baby's closet to put sentimental clothing and accessories in as they outgrow them. I've also turned that round laundry bin on the floor into the "too small bin." As soon as they outgrow an outfit, I just throw it in there and then when it gets full, I transfer them to bins in the basement.
Archer's closet is certainly less full, but he will by no means go naked. Since we don't have a dresser in the closet like we do in Lyla's room, I put some hanging organizers in there to keep track of things like pants, jammies, socks, and shoes. I definitely keep the closet doors closed so I don't have any "help" taking all the clothes out of the hanging organizers like Lyla's doing below.
I also rehung the artwork in Archer's room. I think I've learned my lesson to not just slap something together. In the future, I'll wait until I have the time to do it right the first time so I don't end up doing things more than once!
We added some bookshelves to Archer's room to house some books and toys. We also keep the baby monitor and his sound machine on top of it. These bookshelves hold a special place in my heart. My dad actually made them for me and were in my childhood room when I was growing up. I love that they're now a part of Archer's room. I found some round bins on clearance at Hobby Lobby and stuck those on the shelves to help corral some of the books and toys. I don't have much of an organization system going on (as you can tell by the photo below), but can definitely implement a system when the kids get older.
For the babies' first birthday, we also got them this fun rug and some cars from IKEA. They haven't quite grasped that the streets on the rug are roads for the cars to follow, but they do enjoy flopping around on the rug. I think they'll have more fun with it as they get older.
Archer likes to hang out in his room, too. He likes to pull all the toys and books off the shelves and run around in circles. He also likes to pull his loveys and pacifiers through the crib slats. I tend to keep his blankets and pacifiers in his room, so he's all about any chance he gets to hang onto them.