*I feel like it’s important to say that I helped clean up the room before I took the photos. It NEVER looks this picked up in their room. I’m pretty much ok with it as long as I can make it to their beds without killing myself.*
I guess it was about 2 months ago that my kids asked if we could move them all into one room. You see, previously the boys had one room and November had the other. November slept on a toddler mattress in their floor almost every night because she wanted to sleep in the room with her brothers. They always played together in one room or the other as well. Did I mention that my kids are virtually inseparable? Don’t get me wrong, they still fight but because they are with each other all day, every day they are extremely close. I’d even go as far as to say that they are best friends.
Did I mention that my kids are virtually inseparable? Don’t get me wrong, they still fight like crazy but, because they are with each other all day, they are extremely close. I’d even go as far as to say that they are best friends. They lay in bed and talk to each other and use their imaginations to come up with totally ridiculous stories. It makes me feel overwhelmingly happy that they want to be around each other so much. I feel like I’ve done something right.
Anyway, when they asked if we could move them all into one room I wasn’t sure if we should do it or not. I spent the next several days talking to the kids to be sure that they really wanted to share a room. We decided to move them all into November’s room because it is the biggest room in the house and we’d be able to fit all the beds and dressers in there. The extra bedroom would allow me to move our office out of the dining room and we’d be able to eat at the table like a family again, double score!
We started out by ditching quite a few toys and stuffed animals. The kids helped us decide what should stay and what should go. Then we decided that it would make more sense to have 2 bunk beds in the room instead of one and a twin bed. Having the area under the second bed open would make a great place to store the toys. That’s when I realized we needed to make a trip to Ikea.
The boys already had a Kura bed that we bought off of Craigslist a few years ago so it only made sense to buy another. We did this for two reasons: so that the beds matched and no one would fight over who got the ‘new’ bed. The next hurdle was figuring out how to get Silas to give up his bottom bunk and move up top…Kura bed tents to the rescue.
Now that he has his own hideout up top, he’s happy. Now we had Merrick and Silas on the top bunks and November down below. That left room for a 2×4 Kallax shelf with Drona boxes to store all the small toys. We also added a Krokig bin and hook for each kid to hand their coats, robes, and hats on.
Adding the extra bed and tents gave each child a space of their own. We hung a few decor items and a wall lamp in each bunk and they have all of their favorite blankets and stuffed animals inside. We call their beds ‘nests’ and you’ll see why in the pictures below.
We made a girly corner for November as well to house her chair that she insisted we keep along with her collection of hair bows and princess castle. I stuck a wooden chest that my parents made probably 20 years ago in this area and we keep extra blankets inside of it. As you can see in the picture November is a budding artist, and by that, I mean that she thinks the walls are canvases and should be colored accordingly. In an attempt to stop at least some of the wall art we put up a chalkboard…it probably won’t work.
Overall, once everything was all said and done, the kids LOVE it.
Does anyone else have 3 or more kids in one room simply because that’s what the kids prefer?