It was time for a major clean-up.
I tackled the biggest problem first: the Pack 'N Play had to go. My daughter always hated it so we never really used it for anything other than blocking her access to the DVDs (it also made a messy catch-all for my craft stuff).
After that, hubby and I hauled in my favorite red chair and moss-green ottoman to create a little reading nook in the corner, while still keeping the DVDs out of reach. I cleaned out my craft baskets, put everything away, and took a step back to admire my handiwork.
There it was: my own private sanctuary. I can craft, read and write in my little space. And hubby can bring his laptop in and hang out when I'm busy working.
I feel brilliant. Content. Relaxed.