Whether you need to save space, you just added a new baby to the family, or your kids actually want to share a bedroom -- even the most amicable of siblings can have a tricky time in a shared space. Here are seven awesome tips on how to save space, maintain sibling sanity, and create stylish decor in your kids' shared bedrooms. Check them out now:
1. Simplify The Space to Invite a Calm Atmosphere
One of the major concerns with shared rooms is that things getting incredibly cluttered, overstuffed, and hectic. By keeping decor and belongings simple, clean, and organized, you can solve a lot of problems before they even start. Make sure every toy you bring into the room has a spot where it belongs. The same thing applies to clothing - one in, one out. Every season, filter through and pull anything that no longer fits or that they no longer love or that is ruined. There's no point in keeping clothing that can't be worn - it creates more clutter and can be difficult for kids to maintain themselves. The more simplified the system, the fewer arguments you'll have with your littles over taking care of their belongings. Win-win for everyone!
2. Organization & Storage Help Keep Things Tidy
Keeping the space well-organized and easy-to-clean can be a lifesaver when it comes to children getting along. No fighting about whose toys go where and whose job it is to clean up? Priceless. Create zones for clothing, shoes, toys, books, and other belongings to solve the fight before it begins and keep everything in its place.
3. Color Code Each Child's Space
Sometimes the easiest way to alleviate fighting over belongings is to just make sure there's no confusion. The simple solution to this is color coding everything! By assigning a color to each child's belongings, it leaves no room for misinterpretation over the owner. Which means for you, NO FIGHTING! Not only is this handy for clean-up time, but it also allows for clarity just in case someone borrows something without asking. Not that that would ever happen.
4. Give Them Creative License to Personalize Their Room
Just because the room is shared, doesn't mean it can't be all about them. Give creative a license to each child to choose their comforter, decor, and colors for the items in the room. Use additional decor to tie the colors together to create a cohesive space that allows for everyone to have their own say in the way the living space comes together!
5. Define Individual Spaces with a Barrier
How many fights have you intervened over so-and-so being on "the wrong side" of the room? By including a divider, older children have a defined space that they can call their own without having to share anything except the air! You can use a curtain, a bookshelf, a desk, or even a simple screen to create boundaries in your kids' shared room.
6. Go Vertical with Bunk Beds or Trundles
By stacking up the beds, there's so much room for activities! In reality, it allows you to utilize the space vertically and keeps things from piling up under the beds. There are hundreds of types of bunk beds, including ones that with storage space underneath and on the sides. Lofted beds provide for play spaces with desks underneath and built-ins, which can be a gorgeous addition to your home if you plan on staying for a while. Additionally, they can be handy to have if you happen to have a pal sleeping over. By putting a trundle underneath the bed, you remove space from being filled with items that don't belong there. Bunk beds are fairly easy to build or buy. Hunt around for a size and style that best suits your needs.
7. Go Head-to-Head
If bunk beds aren't your style, you can create a lot more livable space by placing the beds together, head-to-head, against a wall, leaving an open area for other items! You can also join the two with a bookcase, a small desk, a table, or even a dresser that doubles as a night stand with matching lamps to add more storage to a small room. Ta-da!