Hey there, friends! I recently revamped the Cs’ shared room a little bit, so today I thought I’d talk about the steps I took to make the most of their not-so-huge space.
1. Make a plan.
When we first started dreaming and scheming about the boys’ shared space, I knew it would have to be multi-functional. They had to have room to sleep, of course, along with clothes storage. We wanted to keep some toys in their room, have a spot for creating, and we also needed room to store their hand-me-downs. It was kind of a tall order for an 11′ x 10′ space that would house two little people.
So instead of just going out and buying whatever furniture and storage pieces caught our eye, we made a plan for how we would squeeze in all of the functional elements and still have a fun space for our boys.
2. Use vertical space.
A big part of our plan involved making the most of the vertical space in the room. Bunk beds were an obvious choice, but we also used a vertical unit to store toys…
Donnie had actually made this ladder shelf for his dorm room when we were in college– I bet he never thought it would end up as a storage unit for his kids’ toys!
The Cs’ craft area also makes the most of vertical space…
Fortunately, Connor is tall and can reach up pretty high and is also willing to help little Caleb grab what he needs. 🙂
3. Get creative with the closet.
The closet was another area where we knew we had to use every possible inch. We had two dressers to fit into the room, so one of them went in the closet, where it fit perfectly underneath the boys’ hanging clothes.
Hand-me-downs are stored in the back of the closet, and we decided to use pull-out drawers to give us easier access to things whenever we needed them (as opposed to stacking bins, which we would have to unstack and bring out of the closet to get something).
4. Corral and label.
I love, love, love all types of bins and storage containers, especially when it comes to toys. It’s so much easier to keep sets together when they each have their own designated spot rather than one big toy box where everything gets jumbled up and lost.
Equal to my love for bins is my love for labels! Just about anything will get a label if it sits still long enough at our house. 🙂
For the 1-2-3 bins, I designed labels on the computer, printed and laminated them, then punched a hole and hung them from the bins with ribbon. The plastic bins are labeled with adhesive vinyl lettering that I cut with my Silhouette machine. With individual bins + labels, the Cs know exactly where everything goes at clean-up time, and if they’re in the mood to play with a certain toy, it’s easy to pluck the correct bin off the shelf and have at it!
5. Purge often.
Finally, clutter will make a shared space feel crowded really fast, so I am constantly purging the boys’ items to get rid of broken toys, clothes they have grown out of, worn out craft supplies, etc. By keeping only the things that are 1. in good shape and 2. used on a regular basis, we are able to keep the room clutter-free and manageable for the Cs when it’s time to clean up.
It is totally possible to get a lot of function out of a small, shared kids’ room! The Cs love sharing a space– when we’ve asked them if they’d prefer to have their own, they always say, “No way!” and tell us they want to stay together. Following the steps I shared above really helps us to make their room a fun, comfortable space for both of them.
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Thank you so much for following along! Have a wonderful day!