Several years ago I was so absolutely fed up with this wonderfully quirky pit of 'everything we don't know what to do with, we throw in here', aka the coat closet under the stairs that I had to do SOMETHING DRASTIC. I decided to make it over into a little 'library' for the kids. A cozy little 'room' where they could go solo or huddle with each other and read or play.
Wish I had a BEFORE 'before' pic, but this one is the in between, after it had already been a library but before we repainted.
A couple months ago, my daughter and I changed it up a little, repainting and adding stencils on one of the walls. It was a good time to cull & organize some of our books, toys, & misc. Once in awhile it's good to take everything out of a space that seems stale or dysfunctional, and to try to re-envision its maximum potential. My daughter picked the paint colors and stencil, and even stenciled the wall herself.
I love this little space! It's full of books we love, treasured toys, and lots of personality. Not sure what I will do when they entirely outgrow it. :(