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#1 of 23 Old 03-13-2012, 09:02 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone had a 2 bedroom house with 3 kids? Especially with different genders sharing.. How do you make it work? Unfortunately, we CAN'T move anywhere bigger(just not in our financial realm of possibility right now). How do you keep it organized? Any advice for making the most out of our small space would be WONDERFUL :)~


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How big is your living room? My parents had their bed in the living room when we were growing up, hidden from view by a curtain divider. Not ideal, but it worked until one day we found ourselves in a position where we could move to a bigger place.

 

If your living room is big enough, then you can have one girl and one boy bedroom. Using bunk beds with curtains to give a private space to the kids sharing.

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My parents slept in the living room on a pull out sofa and put their bed away every day so my brother (10years older than me) and I could have separate bedrooms. Only after we both moved out they had heir own bedroom. It worked well as far as I can remember.

I also do not think there should be any problem with all the kids sharing till the oldest is 11 to 12 yo. Looking at you siggy that is a wee while away - your situation my change by then.

 

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I agree! Your kids are little, they can share for a while happily (we do not have a 2 bedroom, but all 4 of mine sleep in the same room by choice). I have a friend with a 2.5 bedroom (1/2 room is TINY), and she is expecting her 5th in the summer.


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I have 4yo DD, 3yo DS, and 2yo DS all share a room. They've always shared so it doesn't bother them at all. The curtain and rugs are boyish, and my DD will let me know she wants more pink as she is very girly. She is on one side of the room and the boys are on the other. I try hanging girly things on her side, but she tends to rip things off the walls.

 

My brother had his four kids in a two bedroom apartment for a while. The boys had one room, the girls had another, and he and his wife had a sofabed in the living room.


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How big is your living room? My parents had their bed in the living room when we were growing up, hidden from view by a curtain divider. Not ideal, but it worked until one day we found ourselves in a position where we could move to a bigger place.

 

If your living room is big enough, then you can have one girl and one boy bedroom. Using bunk beds with curtains to give a private space to the kids sharing.



Our living room is large, BUT I run an in home daycare, and all the space is needed for that, and we REALLY can't have me quitting that!


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My parents slept in the living room on a pull out sofa and put their bed away every day so my brother (10years older than me) and I could have separate bedrooms. Only after we both moved out they had heir own bedroom. It worked well as far as I can remember.

I also do not think there should be any problem with all the kids sharing till the oldest is 11 to 12 yo. Looking at you siggy that is a wee while away - your situation my change by then.

 

Oh, I really hope by then our situation is different! My oldest will be 4 this year, so... years off!
 

 


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I agree! Your kids are little, they can share for a while happily (we do not have a 2 bedroom, but all 4 of mine sleep in the same room by choice). I have a friend with a 2.5 bedroom (1/2 room is TINY), and she is expecting her 5th in the summer.



Oh my word, bless her heart haha! I don't know if I could handle THAT! Super mom!


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I have 4yo DD, 3yo DS, and 2yo DS all share a room. They've always shared so it doesn't bother them at all. The curtain and rugs are boyish, and my DD will let me know she wants more pink as she is very girly. She is on one side of the room and the boys are on the other. I try hanging girly things on her side, but she tends to rip things off the walls.

 

My brother had his four kids in a two bedroom apartment for a while. The boys had one room, the girls had another, and he and his wife had a sofabed in the living room.



Oh, I like how you handle the room situation, that's sort of how our kids room is set up now! I just don't know how to work in a 3rd bed when that time comes(we co-sleep exclusively the first year, so I guess we have time!)


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When I was growing up we also had a time where my brother had a bedroom and my sister and I shared a bedroom with bunk beds while my parents slept on a fold out sofa bed in the living room. My parents stored their clothes in a small dresser in the living room and one in the bathroom. It wasn't ideal.
My siblings and I were all over the age of 12 though when that happened. If we were younger I think my brother or my sister and I would have been sleeping in the living room.

 


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Oh, I like how you handle the room situation, that's sort of how our kids room is set up now! I just don't know how to work in a 3rd bed when that time comes(we co-sleep exclusively the first year, so I guess we have time!)



You can get a bunk bed for the oldest kiddo, he should be close to 5 by then. Or you can get a toddler bed for the little one, a toddler bed takes up less room than a twin.  A third option is a trundle bed for under one of the other beds that you only pull out at nap/bed time.  What would give you the MOST room is bunks with a trundle!

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We are in a 2 bedroom single wide trailer with a family room add-on.  Hubby and I sleep in the "family room" and the two girls each have their own room for now.  We are expecting a baby, and he/she will have to sleep in our room with us for the first year.  I'm hoping by that time (just over a year, hopefully), we can afford to move to a place that has space for all of us.  We can't have our oldest two share a room because my oldest daughter has severe autism and needs her own space.  My youngest daughter is 6 going on 16 and has more girly stuff in there than she has room for already - there would be no way to fit a baby sibling in her tiny room.  We'll have to move in a year or so, but for now, baby will sleep with us in the family room.

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When I was growing up, my family of 6 (4 kids) lived in a 2.5 bedroom house (the .5 was a little office-type space adjoining the master bedroom) for a while. My parents slept in the smaller bedroom and coslept with my <1yr old brother, I shared a room with my sister (I was 8, she was 4), and my 6 year old brother got the office space. It was tight but it worked. Sometimes it just has to, right?  :)  I'm glad we kids were younger and didn't have a big need for privacy at that point.


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I have 2 kids who share a teensy bedroom.  My son's dresser is in the bathroom and my daughter's is in their room.  Most of their toys are in small plastic containers under their bunk beds.  They also have 2 small plastic dressers in their room for toys and art supplies.


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Our kids are 5, 3, and 11 months. We have a "bedroom" and a "playroom." In the bedroom we have a king bed and a queen bed pushed together (seriously, it's wall to wall bed) and our dresser. In the playroom we have a full size bed and all three kids dressers and most of their toys. The older kids sleep on the queen and me, DH, and the baby sleep on the king so all in the same room. The full bed in the playroom is so mom and dad can have ahem... private time (but mostly it just holds the clean laundry pile lol)  It works for us.thumb.gif


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I have a 5yo, a 3yo and a 1yo.. I was going to move the 1 yo into what is now the playroom but the kids all got upset about that idea so when he moves out of my bedroom he will go in with the girls. The 5 yo and 3yo has a bunk bed then Im debating either a trundle or toddler bed for the 1yo. This will work until either DD1 is 8 (DH and I already said we don't want opposite gender siblings sharing rooms when they get older.. 8 was the compromise) or until they just don't want to anymore.. Then we will have a girls room and a boys room..


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There was about a year where my family of 3 kids and 2 adults lived in a two bedroom apartment. Our ages were 8 boy, 10 girl, 14 boy. The two boys shared a room, Mom and Dad had a room and I had a bed in a large (walk in) coat closet off of the living room. A twin bed didn't even fit in there. I had a hotel style roll-away bed in order to make it fit.  My dresser was in my parents room. It wasn't ideal, but i had a door (maybe even just a curtain I could close to have privacy and my own space)


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We will be in this situation (G-d willing!) when our twins come. We are not planning to move anytime soon, though almost certainly within the next 3-5 years. First, because we can't afford it. Second, because even if we were to try, we do not foresee staying where we currently live in the long term. And third, we live directly behind DS's school for next year which is a major plus.

 

Our home is a 2-bd condo/townhouse. So the bedrooms are sort of ridiculously overlarge and our living space downstairs is small relative to those bedrooms we don't use all that much. Right now we are in the larger bedroom where we all sleep for the most part on a king-size mattress. We could always switch and move into the smaller bedroom and give the kids the larger room if needed, but I don't foresee that happening, since we co-sleep, and will probably end up moving to a different house before opposite-gender/school age privacy type of concerns come into play. IME kids like to have their own space once they reach age 6 or so, but not necessarily to sleep apart, so that's where I'm coming from. DS currently has a twin mattress in his room where he starts the night, then joins us. We are planning to get a trundle for that bed, so we have a handy pull-out for guests and later for kiddo use. Then we will add our crib mattress (without the crib, we barely used ours and it was recalled anyway) on the floor in that room. I think that will give us enough options for all three kids to sleep in the kids' room to start the night, when they are all a little older. For the baby period, we're thinking co-sleeper for the babies plus DS in the middle of the big bed. I don't know if it will work out (no way would DS have slept in a co-sleeper) but we are going to try it.

 

Otherwise, we recently moved things around downstairs to maximize our living space. We got rid of lots of books and bought doors for our Ikea bookcases. That created instant storage for my sewing machine and craft stuff, which I can now easily pull out to use on the dining table. It is also storage for all our office supplies and table linens. We created a sleek (small footprint) office center along one wall in the dining area. My latop and DH's are next to each other on a long desk and both connected to our printers. I can't stand clutter, so I was hesitant about it, but it turned out to be a very neat-looking area that maximizes our dining area. We got this coffee table from Ikea (where else!) that has great compartments. We store board games, all our CDs in wallets (we're not into digital music so we have lots, but you could also do this for DVDs), magazines, etc. in there. We have shelves for toys in the living room also, and I carefully rotate toys there since we play downstairs most of the time. We have a little china cabinet (we use our nice dishes weekly) and underneath I store all out art supplies. I really max out the space in our little coat closet, where I store my ironing board, cutting mats, yoga mat, tennis rackets, virtually all our shoes (forces us to be minimalist), totes/shopping bags, and hardware/tools as well as coats. I use the cabinet under the sink in our 1/2 bath to store random things, like the iron and decorative candles. I used to have a lot of this stuff in the upstairs storage closet, but now it is downstairs where we can use it so much more easily. Our dining table easily turns into a arty-crafty zone and back again in time for dinner (we only have a tiny table in the kitchen that seats two). DS can access all his toys and art supplies as he likes. And I think it will be fairly easy to baby-proof.

 

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Our kids are 5, 3, and 11 months. We have a "bedroom" and a "playroom." In the bedroom we have a king bed and a queen bed pushed together (seriously, it's wall to wall bed) and our dresser. In the playroom we have a full size bed and all three kids dressers and most of their toys. The older kids sleep on the queen and me, DH, and the baby sleep on the king so all in the same room. The full bed in the playroom is so mom and dad can have ahem... private time (but mostly it just holds the clean laundry pile lol)  It works for us.thumb.gif



We did this exact same thing for awhile.  Now that the kids are 5.5, 2.5, and a baby due this summer- we just got a bunkbed for the playroom.  The goal is for the two older kids to share the playroom/bunkbed and for the baby to sleep with us, with maybe a cosleeper on the side of the bed to extend it a little.  

 

Can the 4 yr old move to the 2nd bedroom and the babies sleep with you? If the 4 yr old isn't ready (which I would completely understand, my 5.5 yr old isn't quite ready to give up cosleeping) then I would suggest putting either a queen and a twin together in one room, or a queen and a full size, whatever you think you need. That should be enough for all 5 of you :)

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Our old house was a very small 2 bedroom.  We had 3 kids then and it worked out just fine.  We bought a set of bunk beds with a twin on top and a full on the bottom- it had rails on the top- so DD started sleeping up there before she was 3 I think.  We also had a crib in their room.  I did put a pack and play in the dining room for naps and a 'safe' place to put the baby :)  Everybody thinks it won't work- but it was never a problem for us.  

 

Our house now isn't really much better- 3 bedrooms with 3 boys in one and DD in the other- the baby will go somewhere when it moves out of our room.  I will still probably set up a pack and play in the dining room :)


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We have always had a two bedroom.  We are a family of 6.  The oldest has moved out now but until she did she shared a bedroom with her sister who is 6 years younger than her.  Not ideal for a teenager!!  The two boys have always slept in our room.  Around November we got them a little bunk bed (We were tired of sharing our bed with both of them!!) and it's in our room.  They are 5 and 4 now.  This arrangement will probably work for a few more years for us.  The kids don't keep toys in our room.  They have very few to begin with.  We keep them all in the family room.  

 

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We have a 2 bedroom house and 3 kids...all boys. Right now the 6 and 3.5 year old share a room with bunk beds and the babe is with us.  When the babe moves over to the boy room we will either add a trundle under the bunks, a loft for the oldest, or another set of bunks.  We have a large playroom in the basement.


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My in-laws have a 4 bedroom double wide. At one point they had 11 people, only 3 of which were little. Hubby's bed from age 12 till we married was the couch. He just had his pillows and blankets in the corner or in his Mom's room. He shared a couple dresser drawers and closet space with his oldest sister living at home at the time. It was crowded, but it helps to pare down the junk. : )


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