The size of your property doesn’t allow you to provide individual rooms for all of your children? No problem! The little ones can always share a room. And to make sure everything goes smoothly, follow these simple tips!
Laying the groundwork
To avoid quarrels, ask the children to help design the plan for their future room. Start off by looking at catalogues and web sites together for inspiration. Then, give them choices: colour of the walls, arrangement of the beds, toy storage… Getting the children involved in the planning allows them to feel attached to the room before ever setting foot in it.
The more compromises are made ahead of time, the more disagreements you’ll avoid down the line!
A room that pleases everyone
Just because your children share a room doesn’t mean they have to kiss their personality goodbye. For harmonious rooming, you can make personalize certain parts of the room: a small desk, a play mat, a drawing hung over the bed…
When it comes to arranging the beds, you have many options. The traditional bunk beds can be appealing – kids love them! If, however, you choose not to go with this option for whatever reason (frequent nocturnal awakenings, for example), you can always go for beds that are side by side, adjacent, or in opposite corners. The goal is to ensure a good night’s sleep without one child walking the other.
Maximize your space
To avoid a permanent mess, you might want to plan for storage. Set up shelves and hooks for your children’s clothes. Don’t forget to make them easily accessible!
Another trick to maximize space is to think vertical. Stack boxes against a wall or a library where you can store toys. Don’t forget to divide the storage bins and put your children’s name on them (each can have their own toy bin, with another one for shared goods). If your offspring can’t read yet, use a colour code or fun shapes to help them recognize their bin. Your little ones can’t reach certain areas? Set up a small ladder. Cleaning up will feel like a game.
Finally, go through the toys every six months. Throw out those that are broken, heavily stained or out of date. Avoid accumulating superfluous stuff.
- To avoid quarrels, ask the children to help design the plan for their future room.
- Just because your children share a room doesn’t mean they have to kiss their privacy goodbye.
- To avoid a permanent mess, you might want to plan for storage. Maximize your space by thinking vertical!