bring back the bench, but I brought back the basket of toys to the living room. All of Norah's toys are in a white basket that the kids brought up for a fort last week, and being too lazy to take them downstairs again, I just left them up (tucked under the bench, just like our old living room).
And now, guess what, Norah plays with them! This house is too big and her room is too far away for her to play in there alone, I guess. I thought she just wasn't much of a solo-player, but in fact she will play happily **and clean up** in the living room. DUH MOM. Sometimes I'm really slow.