Many of you wanted to hear about our four kids sharing one room, so here it goes. 🙂 We are going to tackle this subject in two parts. Today I’ll show you the basic room setup and how we use the space. Next I’ll go over the actual logistics of what it’s like to have four children sleeping in the same room. (For those of you who voted for a house tour or for our hopes to move toward zero waste, I promise I’ll get to those topics soon!)
Welcome to our kids’ room.
The first thing you should know is that it is rarely this clean. We moved the furniture around the day before I took these pictures, so things were already fairly picked up. 🙂 Also, you probably know by now that I am no master decorator or room stylist. Our style is imperfect but functional and cozy… just like us. 😀
This room is technically the master bedroom of the house. It is significantly larger than the other bedrooms and is therefore best suited to house four tiny people and their beds, which are: a twin bed, toddler sized bunk beds and a crib.
When we moved Kid4 into the room, we bought Kid1 an extra long twin bed. (Our children are tall, and we hope that this bed will last him many years.) In case you’re interested, we chose this bed. It got great reviews and so far we’ve been really impressed.
The middle children sleep in the custom toddler bunk bed that Dan built a few years ago. This bunk bed is sized for crib mattresses and, after a few years of hard use, it’s still kickin’. Or rather, standing there being strong.
And of course the baby sleeps in the crib. 🙂
We’ve used an Ikea shelf as a changing table for years. It is just the right height and it holds our cloth diapering supplies and even a couple other items such as blankets or trains.
You might have noticed the fun lion stuck on the wall. I know you’re going to ask, so let me just come out and say it: NO, we did not saw a stuffed animal in half and slap him up there. That decoration is a special piece from Dan’s early years. Dan saw the lion in a store when he was eight or so and begged to have it. He received the lion for his birthday and it spent the rest of Dan’s childhood on his bedroom wall. 🙂 Now it serves as a great conversation starter.
I love the way the morning light fills the room! 🙂 The bookshelf is primarily used for books (duh), but it often collects various objects such as puzzles or plastic bug houses. We read a lot, so kids books are one item that we intentionally do not minimize at this stage in life. The baskets on the shelf hold “loose”, unrelated toys and blocks.
As a side note, there are five heirloom items in this room that add character, charm and hominess. The lion is the first, that rocking chair is the second, the bear rug is the third, the comforter that Kid1 uses is the fourth, and the fifth is the mid-century modern dresser. They all hail from Dan’s side and together make quite a strong case for waste not, want not. 🙂
Behold, the cluttered closet. I need to put some drapes up to cover the mess, but this is how it stands at the moment. The dresser holds the kids’ current wardrobes: one drawer for each child. In the bins are boy clothes in various sizes from 9m to 5 years which are not being currently used.
The odds and ends on the top shelf are our “library” toys. This is the majority of our toy collection, which includes Legos, Lincoln Logs, magnet blocks, a tea set, a guitar etc. I call them “library” toys because they are all fairly nice sets of creative-play toys which are best enjoyed when all the pieces are together. So the kids “check them out”, play ONLY with that toy set, and then clean it up before we move on to a different activity.
And that’s it, our four kids sharing one room! Next I’ll share about the actual logistics of how the sleeping magic happens. Or, doesn’t happen depending on the day. 😉
Questions? Thoughts? Comment below and tell me all about it!