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  • Kayla
    February 4, 2016

    Great, Timely Post! I am pregnant with our third and after 2 boys, we just found out that we are having a girl! So excited! But also we wonder how long we can squeeze kids of the opposite gender in the same room. Right now they are 4,2, and in the belly 🙂 so it’s not an issue now but have you considered if or when you will move your daughter into her own room? Also, will you move to traditional bunks once they outgrow the toddler bed and will they share the same room indefinitely?

    • Evelyn
      February 4, 2016

      Hi Kayla! Congratulations! Yay for third babies and girls. 🙂 Yes we have thought about how long our current setup will last. Our daughter will get her own room (we’ll move her into the study to use the Murphy Bed) when she’s about four. Once all the kids are big enough to need twins, we’ll reevaluate. We like the idea of built-in bunks, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. 😀 Thanks for asking!

      • beverly
        February 4, 2016

        good answer

      • Kayla
        February 5, 2016

        Thanks! I think something similar will happen with us.

  • beverly
    February 4, 2016

    good answer

  • Jill Stigs
    February 4, 2016

    Great! Love that they all can play together.

    This is something to think about when your daughter moves to her own room.

    http://www.j-annephotographyblog.com/personal/triple-bunk-beds-eating-a-slice-of-humble-parenting-pie/

    Love seeing how you guys are doing now that you’re in the new house.
    Jill

    • Evelyn
      February 5, 2016

      Hi Jill! Yes, we LOVE that look. Dan could definitely build something similar, but it will depend on what we decide our needs our when the time comes. 😉 Thanks for your comment!

  • Cheryl
    February 4, 2016

    So impressive, Evelyn! I have this little primitive decorative box with a light in it that my sister-in-law bought me for Christmas that says, “Love grows best in little houses”. I love the song with that phrase in it, too! And, it is so true! Having your children together in this room is the way our ancestors had to live, by necessity, and just look at the close, tightly-knit family units they produced. Living together in small spaces automatically instills sharing instincts and unselfish traits. I love the way you have it all set up. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

    • Evelyn
      February 5, 2016

      Hi Cheryl,
      I agree with that statement too! Thanks for commenting and for all your support this week. 🙂

  • Laura
    February 4, 2016

    I love the toddler bunk beds. Guess I’ll have to have hubby custom make some! . I have two year old twins and a 5 month old in the same room. can’t wait to hear how you do it logistically to compare!

    • Evelyn
      February 5, 2016

      Oh my gosh, Laura, those are a lot of really littles in one room! You’ll have to let me know how you do it too. 🙂

  • Reidun
    February 4, 2016

    Great post! Nice to see someone else doing the same thing we are. We have four in the same room, and number five is 8 months and will be going in there too soon. We have one bunk bed and a crib, and will set up the playpen for the baby when he’s ready. Our two daughters, 6 & 4 share the bottom single bunk, which works fine most of the time. Occasionally they decide not to sleep together, so one or both move to the floor for a night or two. We also have one 5-drawer dresser with one drawer for each child. If the drawers get too full, then it’s time to purge some clothing. Nicer things I hang in their closet. One benefit I never thought of until my mom mentioned it is that they don’t get nightmares when they are all together. We do have plans to turn our master bedroom into the boys room and we will move into the basement, but as of yet, that has not happened, so we are continuing with 4 kids in the same room!

    • Evelyn
      February 6, 2016

      Hi Reidun,
      It’s so fun to hear how other people make the multiple-children-in-one-room thing work too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah
    February 5, 2016

    Evelyn,
    I truly can’t express what an inspiration your blog has been to me! Our family of 5 downsized from a 1,800 sq. ft. house to a 600 sq. ft. house. When I first saw the size of the bedrooms in our new place, I sincerely questioned whether or not we would be able to make the transition. Reading about how your family managed, joyfully, in a 400 sq. ft. house was a true encouragement. I love your positive perspective and the great ideas you always share (such as the “library” toys in this blog).
    Our transition was not something we wanted, rather, something we needed to do. While it was difficult, I can say now that I never want to go “back”. Life is so much more enjoyable when things are simple; there’s so much more time for what matters most.
    Keep up the great work! There are so many of us who look forward to gleaning from your wisdom!

    • Evelyn
      February 6, 2016

      Oh sweet Sarah! I wish I could give you a hug– your story sounds so similar to ours! May the praise go to God for providing encouragement and a better way of living (even if the method wasn’t of our choosing!) So glad you’re here walking this journey with us. <3

  • Debbi
    February 5, 2016

    I love incorporating the library idea of checking things out into mess management. I have always had my girls clean up one toy (back in the bin and the bin in its place) before pulling out another but the library twist is great. It is both a really familiar concept to them as we are at the library all the time so the logic of putting away before pulling more out becomes apparent and it adds a bit of whimsy to a mundane task – always a good thing, IMHO.

    • Evelyn
      February 6, 2016

      Hi Debbi!
      Thanks for your perspective. I love your take on the system adding “whimsy.” 😀 You know, even though we have used this system for awhile, I believe I got the actual term from Rachel over at Intentionally Simple. http://intentionallysimple.com/ If you haven’t checked out her site recently, it’s a great read! 🙂

  • Meyli
    February 8, 2016

    I just love how easy this room is! Everyone has a bed, there is floor space to play, and the closet houses all the clothes! And oh-em-gee there isn’t anything under the beds!
    Love the map on the wall. Growing up, we had a map like that in our living room – it is the biggest reason I know geography!

    • Evelyn
      February 18, 2016

      Hi Meyli! Thanks so much for piping up. 🙂 … and actually there’s usually stuff under the beds so don’t get too excited about that. 😀

  • Vania
    February 18, 2016

    Hi! I just stumbled across your blog and love it already. I’m a mama to four living in NZ. We have three girls 11, 10 & 5, and a son aged 8. Currently the youngest two are sharing, but I have considered putting them altogether, or all of the girls together. I wonder how it works as the kids grow and privacy needs change?

    • Evelyn
      February 18, 2016

      Hi Vania! So fun to have you stop by and comment. I wonder the same thing, but I figure we’ll just have to cross that bridge when we get to those older stages. We do know that we’ll move our daughter out in a few years. But for now she loves being with her brothers. 🙂

  • Jo Mitchell
    February 18, 2016

    Love this!! I’m feeling so jealous of your library toy system. Despite my best intentions, we have a surplus of toys. Uggh. Great post, as usual. Xo.

    • Evelyn
      February 18, 2016

      Oh friend. It’s really nothing to be jealous of. Because I STILL managed to spend 10 min picking up the random “loose” toys tonight after the critters were tucked away! We can do this. 😉 Thanks for commenting!

  • Annaleah
    February 21, 2016

    I remembered that I had written a blog post about how we fit five kids in one room: here it is in case it’s helpful to someone! 🙂
    annaleahsangle.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-bedroom-switch-roo.html?m=1

    • Evelyn
      February 21, 2016

      Annaleah, thank you for sharing! I really enjoyed seeing your kids’ space! 🙂

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