My son is 19 months, and we share the bedroom. We live in a 1 bedroom apartment that is a nice size, and we both "fit" okay in the bedroom, but I just wonder how long I'll be able to pull this off. There's a queen in there now, and his new toddler mattress will soon be there, as well. I want him to have his own room, so that he can enjoy his own space, and so I can put his Montessori table and chair in there, and his bookshelf. Right now it's just packed away in the basement, (which is also growing tight for space).
I'm considering just giving him the entire bedroom, and then moving my bed into the front room, which is an enclosed porch type of sun-room. However, most of his clothes are in this room, as well as the glider and a bunch of his toys. I am already going through a massive purge and hoping to free up more space, but it just seems like it isn't enough. I live in an older converted house in Philly, so we have virtually no storage space in the closets, and as much as I love the neighborhood, I wonder if we will be forced to move into a less desirable area for the sake of us having our own rooms.
I'd love hearing from others who share their bedrooms with their toddlers, and learning how you make room for all of your stuff, without feeling cramped or cluttered. Unfortunately, the walls we have are solid, so there aren't a whole lot of shelving options. I think there must be a way to make it work, at least until he is a little older.
I've been looking into a bed-frame made in the mid-west that has the storage capacity of one dresser. There are six drawers on each side, and they are a good size, not like the more decorative kind of storage drawers seen on some contemporary beds. It looks like it might be a great option. Has anyone used anything like this?