....however, when we do fix up her room I want to make it fun, functional, and comfortable. Since we only have a 2 bedroom (for now) I plan on just skipping the toddler bed all together and putting in a full-sized bed so that if we have over night guests, they can sleep in there (she can sleep with us, which she will probably be doing for some years yet) -- I plan to have a dresser for her clothing and keep some of her clothing in the closet. Other than that, maybe a side table next to the bed. SInce her room is pretty large, I want to have *stations*...an art station in one corner with an easel and perhaps a little 3 drawer bin or shelf with bins for paints, crayons, paper, craft stuff...I may also paint a big square on the wall in chalk paint too so she can chalk on that...then I want a dress up area -- we have a little wooden cubby with a door on it that is about 3 foot high, perfect to hang her dress up things and to keep a box in the bottom for accessories etc. I will put a mirror next to it, probably attached to the wall. It is big enough too for a little reading *station*, a small comfy chair or even just floor pillows and a few stuffed animals next to her bookshelf (bracketed to the wall so it can't tip over). I have a big wicker basket which holds all her musical instruments too, which will probably go in there as well. We will keep some toys in there too, but we keep them throughout the house in baskets and bins, tucked away but accessible to her.
Stuff like that, I do like the idea of *stations* .. i think it makes for easier clean-up and also helps with organization of different activities a child may like to do, they can always find their *stuff* for a particular activity...
Originally Posted by Adamsmama
I'm trying to figure out how to organize the bedrooms-what needs to be in those rooms? Do you keep toys in there? Just beds/dressers? We live in a 3 bedroom home (1300 sq feet) and have 2 small children. We are in the process of a major declutter/organization but am trying to figure out what other people do.
I am in the process of doing Katie's room, which has a similar storage unit in the closet for items like diapers, wipes, and other baby items plus her clothes. In the next few months we will move in her crib, but the changing table is already in there. I have baskets underneath the table items we use daily or need on a regular basis.
I use a lot of clear cubbies to store toys and crafts. This has helped a lot.
Closet with shelves on one side and chest of drawers on the other
Loft bed with desk underneath
Closet with organizers
Chest of drawers
Tall shelving unit
The playroom is larger, but far away from our room and near the living area, which is why we're not going to make it his bedroom. In there, I'll put up some shelves and hopefully bins/baskets for all the toys. I also plan to get a small table and chairs for art projects and the like and want to paint a chalkboard on the wall. All playtime or educational type things will go on in there.
When he is older and wants more space/privacy, he'll probably move into the bigger room and we'll turn the smaller one into a media/game room or something. And if we have a 2nd child while still in this house, we'll have a couple years of co-sleeping before we have to decide what to do with rooms then
Not my kids since they won't move out of my bedroom. You'd think a 5 year old would want at least a little privacy, but I guess not.
We live in a 3 bedroom/2 bath singlewide and DS's bedroom is at the other end. His room is fairly large. DD is screwed--her bedroom is tiny. DS has bunkbeds (hand-me-downs from his cousin), a dresser, and a computer that's on top of his dresser. He also has a closet literally overflowing with toys that I HAVE to do something about one of these days. DD has a twin bed and a lot of junk since I've been using her room for storage. I don't know what I'm going to do with that stuff when she moves to her own room. Maybe I could have her share a room with her brother...
Two twin beds
One nightstand in between with lamp
Laundry basket with lid
Doll cradle and dolls (they have 5)
Walker wagon with a few larger stuffed animals
When I had severe insomnia several years ago, I read sleep research most nights. To sum it up, people sleep best in a space dedicated to that purpose. When other activities (i.e. tv watching, desk work, play, computer use) happen in the same place, the activities, or thoughts of the nearby activities, can distract us from our sleep. All of this to say we keep to vast bulk of the toys in a separate room. The girls clothes are in the closet, and there is nothing under the high beds except a step for the little one to climb in on.
In her "room" she has a futon set up like a couch (for reading, resting etc), a humungous shelving unit (takes up one full wall) which has all of her books and toys on it, and a short, but long dresser that has all of her clothes. Her closet has her dipes, wipes, out of season/outgrown clothes, etc. I'd say it's pretty well-organized.
Some day I think we'll let the husband and the dog back into our room, but not until dd sleeps longer stretches at night.
What I'd *like* in her room is a double/twin bunk, dresser, closet, and maybe a small adult size chair, since I doubt she'll sleep there before she's ready.
All the toys are in the family area, and we do keep the bedrooms for sleeping only.
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Their room is fairly full, but can be tidied in about ten minutes. They play in there quite a bit - it's a comfy, nice space.
What is in my kids' room???? Well, see we have a very small place and they share what Used to be their playroom as their bedroom also and besides the two loft beds and two dressers, play kitchen, two book shelves, shelves of bins, desk under aidans bed and shelves also, a table for Anna under her bed and the doll stuff... ummmmmmmm There COULD BE ANYTHING!
Honestly... I am about to give up with that one.
We have a lot of wicker baskets for toy storage and those are on wooden shelves. We do have two toddler beds in their bedroom, but those serve more for a playspace rather than a sleep space (because they're both still in our bed! ) Their room is small, but it's cute and I think we've finally figured out how to use the space efficiently.
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