If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember a little over one month ago I posted that we were switching the kids rooms around and organizing like crazy! Well, it took awhile for the dust to settle…but I think everything (and everyone!) is finally in the proper places…until I need to re-organize again 😉
Up until our little twins turned 2 years old, our older two have always had their own rooms. I had been
warning preparing them for about a year that those days would come to an end as soon as the little ones learned how to stay in a bed. Shortly after their second birthday…that day came! Over our Florida vacation, Nathan and I discussed what situations would work the best. We came to this arrangement: Oldest daughter move out of her room and into the room that was previously the “nursery” and she and little sister would share that room. Little brother would move out of the nursery and into our oldest son’s room and then it becomes the “boy room”. We also decided that we did not want the bedrooms to have a lot of toys in them. We are trying our best to simplify/streamline our home/lifestyle…which can be difficult in a house with 4 bedrooms, a basement, and 3 bathrooms. Stuff accumulates quickly. So in an effort to maintain clean and clutter-free kids rooms, we limited their rooms to 2 types of toys and one basket of books.
However, this left us with a predicament, we have one bedroom leftover and where do we put the “big kid” toys like Legos, Calico Critters, and art supplies…all of which were in the their bedrooms. I for one do not like Legos all over the house. I like them to stay in one zone. I also don’t want art supplies where the little ones have access to them because let’s be honest…they roam around the house and I’m not watching them 100% of the time. Cleaning glue and markers off my carpet and walls is not how I wish to spend my time. And last of all…I don’t want to be constantly breaking up “fights” between the bigs and littles…I could just hear it “moooooom!!!! So and so has my Legos in his/her mouth!!!” “Mom! Mom!!!! They are taking apart my Calico Critters house and throwing it everywhere!” Not to mention the drama coming from the little ones over it all. Ugh. Yes, I understand it’s my job to referee….but I don’t have the time nor patience to be running upstairs every 5 minutes for that. So we came up with a temporary solution: the extra bedroom would be turned into a “Big Kid Play Room”. A space the older two can leave out their Legos and craft projects without being bothered by a tiny army army who only wishes to destroy. It’s also a place they can bring their friends. I remember growing up when my friends had little siblings, it sometimes could be tricky (annoying!) to navigate around them. (I did not have younger siblings, so I did not ever share a room…this is unknown territory for me!) So for everyones sanity and for the sake of a peaceful home, we have the “Big Kid Playroom”. This space will not be a forever thing. One day the little two will be older and able to play with Legos and Calico Critters without tasting them and seeing how far they can be thrown.
Bigs & littles together has gone so well, I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it’s been! They were all 4 very excited and I’m so impressed with the older twos attitudes towards the whole thing. We let them choose their paint color…the boys room is not my favorite,…but my older son thinks its “so cool!” and that works for me!
First off, I’d love to show you our girls room! They just love sharing this room and I enjoy hearing their sweet chatter to one each in the mornings before I open the door.
This is what you see as you first walk in…
As you look to the left, you’ll find their shared walk-in closet. The size of the closet is the main reason they have this room 🙂
The closet is big enough for the dresser, their extra bedding/blankets, all their hanging clothes, as well as some keepsake boxes.
Back out in the room looking back at the door and the closet. This is our oldest daughters bed and “special things” shelf.
I try not to mess with the older twos shelves too much…those are their special things and I like seeing how they display them 🙂
At the end of her bed is the reading corner.Under her bed is one plastic tote of Barbies.
The other side of the room is little sisters bed and the stuffed animal bin and their accessories 🙂
So as you can see, the two toys in this room are Barbies, and stuffed animals. Something they can play together and the mess is easy to clean up!
I’m not a big fan of “character themed” things…but this too shall pass 😉
One of my oldest daughters favorite things about the room is the “Cinderella curtains”…the fabric is a light blueish teal and has a lovely sheen to it and does remind me of Cinderella’s ballgown. I found them at Home Goods.
That’s it for the girls room! I love how simple and clean it looks but cute and girly at the same time. It’s not a place I’m worried about the little ones doing something they shouldn’t do…which is a freeing feeling!
Also…before I close this post out, here’s before pictures from my home tour post after we moved in…this room used to be the nursery.
Looks so much brighter now!
Do your kiddos share rooms? How do you maintain peace and a tidy space? Did you share a room? Did you love it or hate it?