My poor second child . . .she got the smallest room in the house. We have a 2 bedroom house with a small afterthought of an office. It is 10X12 and no closet, but double doors opening up to rest of the house. Bunk beds and tall loft beds don't work due to ceiling fan proximity.
Problem #1 lack of space.
Problem #2 she has a lot of stuff. It probably would not seem like that much if she had a bigger room or it was stored better.
She keeps her room clean and organized, but it's just so small I feel like when I go in there I get claustrophobic.
Her current set-up is a mid-sized loft bed similar to this, minus fort. It's just open.
It has underneath it her "dollhouse." She's way into the American Girl dolls and knock-offs. She has made under her bed her doll world and has their house under the bed. It's all contained but has taken away from the storage I had planned to put under there. She loves it and won't negotiate this arrangement.
She also still plays with Littlest Pet Shops. She has a coffee table that those are set up on against one wall, and the table has deep drawers to store the accessories. I have limited her playsets to three.
Both the Pet Shops and the dolls have been played with and well used from the time she was about 5, so although it looks like clutter they are well loved toys that feed her imagination. She plays with them daily, makes short films with them, etc, and takes good care of them. I have been pretty good about getting rid of other things once they are not used anymore.
She has an IKEA wardrobe against one wall with her clothes in it. One half is for hanging clothes and the other half has her folded clothes in drawers. She also has a small desk pushed up against one side of her bed and this is kept clean for school work. She has a tall wall shelf on the one remaining wall. Due to furniture crowding she can't open the double doors to the room, only one door is open. The other one has furniture against it. It's all rather overwhelming and I feel like I'm drowning in her room. There is very little floor space-- enough for a friend to spread a twin sized mattress for a sleepover and that's about all the floor space that's left.
I am overwhelmed.
And, a quiet feeling of panic is ensuing, as my inlaws are coming from India in the fall-- they stal a good long while. In the past the girls were much younger and fit into one room. Now my 12 year old will most likely be moving into our room (we have a couch in our room) for the duration of the visit.