It was back in December that I rearranged the play space again. When I looked back at that post I realized that I mainly wrote about the history of the loft and the reason for the changes. The post was getting too long so I didn’t include pictures of the finished space. I will have to do a full post about that soon but right now I want to focus on one small area.
The refrigerator in the housekeeping area;
The new block bin is now located on the right hand side of the refrigerator – this is where the entrance to the block area used to be. The counter top above the block bin is centered over the block bin and overhangs the bin by several inches on both sides. This was an intentional design feature.
Due to the placement of the counter top the right hand door of the refrigerator only opens part way before it touches the counter top. The left hand door opens a full 180 degrees. I didn’t think it was a major issue so I didn’t correct it then. Months later the problem is getting worse instead of better.
Even though the food in the refrigerator is easily accessible when the right hand door is only partially open the toddlers insist on pushing on the door to force it to open fully. Since it is physically impossible for the door to open that far all they manage to do is get the door jammed so tightly against the counter top that they can then not close it. Meltdowns ensue.
The hinges on the right hand door had also begun to squeak. Some of the children like to move this door slowly back & forth simply because they like the sound. I do not like that sound – especially not for a solid 20 minute stretch of time.
Last Friday was an school inservice day which meant I had the older children here for the whole day. It also meant that my school-bus-driver husband was home for the day too. So, as the children and I were getting ready to go outside to play I said to my husband “We will be outside for the next 2 hours. While we are gone please unhook the brackets holding the counter top and move it an inch to the North. Also, grease the fridge door hinge.”
For the second half of Friday and all of Monday I have silently watched and waited. Only one of the two-year-olds has noticed the change. On several occasions he has stood by the refrigerator and slowly moved the right hand door all the way open and then all the way closed. Sometimes he stands in the space behind the door so he can watch the hinge action from a different point of view. I’ve been observing him as closely as he is observing the door.
The other children either don’t notice or don’t care that the door doesn’t stick or squeak any more. I notice, thank-you very much.