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My kids are driving me (and each other) crazy. They're cooped up inside and are bickering ALL. THE. TIME.
Currently the kids are sharing bedrooms- the 2 girls are in one room and the 2 boys are in another room. I think it may be time for separate bedrooms. The plus side is that we have an unfinished basement, and room for the kids to spread out. The down side is that the basement is unfinished, and it's not in the budget to finish it right now.
So my idea is pretty simple. I'm thinking about hanging old sheets, blankets, and curtains from the ceiling in the basement to make bedroom "walls" and moving the boys downstairs. I know it won't be the most attractive thing ever, but it fits in our budget and I think that the negatives of having an unattractive basement will be outweighed by the peace that will result from each child having space of their own.
My grandparents have done this in their basement, so I have a pretty good idea of how to do it, but I'd LOVE suggestions from anyone else who has done this or seen it done before. My plan is to put small hooks into the studs in the ceiling, and then run old clothesline (or thin rope) through the hooks. Then I'll attach the old sheets to the clothesline, either by using clothespins, snaps (I have a snap press), or by sewing a small pocket along the top of the sheet. Along the sides, where the sheets come together, I'll do the same thing, either use clothespins or sew the sheets together to keep the "wall" from having gaps in it. I'm uncertain as to how I'll arrange a door. My grandparents use a clothespin system that opens and closes from the top, but my boys aren't tall enough for that. So I'm not sure if I should try to jerry-rig some sort of door that can be tied or pinned to the side, of if I should just leave a gap between the sheets that can be walked through.
I'm planning to place bookshelves and other furniture against the "walls" so that it will seem a bit more solid, and hopefully it will cut down on kids playing and running back and forth through the sheets. We do have carpet remnants that we can put on the concrete floor to make the rooms more cozy. I've also considered painting/decorating the sheets that we hang up, to make the space feel less austere. We obviously won't be able to hang framed pictures on the walls, but I don't want the areas to feel totally devoid of life.
Any other thoughts or suggestions for making this work as a short-medium term solution?
*updated with pics, post #21
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