Ok, I am asking for serious opinions and advice here. I am hoping to do some tweaking/purging in the playroom. I'm looking for a minimalist take on a playroom for kids of various ages from about 10 on down. The playroom does not house a tv or any seating at the moment and the plan is to keep it that way. What toys would you keep and what would you purge if you wanted a minimalist playroom for both boys and girls? LEGOs are staying as are the wooden trains and a kitchen set. Probably about half of the baby doll collection will stay and the wooden blocks and dress-up clothes. Give me your best ideas and suggestions please because the playroom is a constant headache. My goal is something the kids can pick up on their own without requiring constant parental involvement so I know we have to pare it down a bit.
The older children have a space in the basement with a tv and the Wii which also needs some work because it is pretty constantly in a state of chaos. We had to haul out a small couch last week for the trash because the children had destroyed it which leaves them with just one couch downstairs which is also on it's last legs because the kids seem to think they can be destructive if Mom and Dad are not in the room at the moment. Yes, I know this is a discipline issue and I am attempting to address it and somewhat failing at the moment. My hope had been to provide spaces for both ages of children to be able to have friends over and give them some privacy from other siblings when needed but it seems to not be working. So suggestions please.We can't lock them out of the basement until they are ready to stop destroying stuff because two children have a bedroom down there and they use the space for a quiet place to escape the younger while doing school (or pretending to do so). I'm open to just about anything other than ship them all off to military school until they learn to pick up after themselves because I kind of doubt even that will help.