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If you only eat in the dining room, I'd try to make better use of that breakfast nook. Replace the table with a hard-working storage unit like an island with internal shelving where you can keep all your appliances and then use the surface for your food prep.  There must be *somewhere* else in the house you can study?  
I'd swap the bunks for 2 singles with under-bed drawers and bookcase headboards like this:   http://www.kidsbedland.com/boys-beds/storage-beds/stow-away.html?cat1=12   (There's a girl version but I can't seem to link it.)   Then you just need room for a desk. If you can't fit a desk, try a wall-mounted drop-down table or even a deep shelf?
Because insoles conform to the shape of the wearer. So say #1 has really flat feet, when #2 gets the shoes, they don't have proper arch support etc... For shoes that are going to be worn at least 8 hours per day, 5 days a week, I think a custom fit is really important; for beach wear, not so much.
DH and I store our shoes in a wardrobe.   Kids' shoes live in a long storage bench. It is very shallow so nothing gets buried. They each have 1 pair of school shoes, 1 pair of sneakers, and 1 pair of flip-flops. 1 DC also has slippers, and another has a pair of cleats. Rainboots live in a bucket outside.   I don't pass down anything that gets regular wear as I think it's bad for foot health. Rainboots and flip-flops (which only go to the pool or the beach) are...
 
BTDT -- several times. But I think it's healthier having the bed off the ground for reasons others have stated. One of our kids is severely allergic to dust and it is definitely better for him to be up high, but I prefer it for all of us. Elevation also lets the mattress breathe, which is important.
Thanks so much for the replies. I actually have more than 1 boy in this room, which is why I was thinking of going white to lighten things up. But those last few links made me realize that while I don't see white as necessarily girly, it does seem kind of young boy, rather than older boy to me. The furniture we have right now is timber and blocky and would look gender-neutral if painted white but I'm thinking my boys might not like it so much once they're tweens. So I...
Not a decluttering question as such but trying to "grow up" our boys' room a little bit without having to replace a lot of stuff. Anyway, I was going to paint everything white to unify it and keep things from looking cramped but a couple people seemed surprised and said white furniture was kind of "girly" and too "shabby chic" for boys. We're not really big on gender stereotyping but I also don't want to give my guys a room that looks like I wished I were decorating for...
I think you should buy the one you like best if you can afford it.   In saying that, I have 4 kids 6 and under and have finally arrived at what I consider the best toy storage system: grocery bags. I kid you not. I have a strip with 15 super sturdy hooks at kid-height and I bought some very nice, almost French-looking hessian sacks with black printing on them from our fruit shop and they hold trains, legos, blocks, and everything else with a million pieces. They...
I've been lamenting the lack of shelving in my pantry and wardrobe for the last couple years but didn't think I could do anything about it without going to kitchen and wardrobe specialists. Then one day I got the bright idea to take out a couple of the inserts, trot them down to the hardware store and get additional shelves cut to the same size. So now I have 2 extra shelves in my pantry, 4 extra shelves in our wardrobe, and heaps more storage space.   I don't know...
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