Many children have the luxury of their own bedroom, but others have to make do with sharing a room with their sibling. If your children share a bedroom, how can you make the best use of close quarters?
Install Bunk Beds
Bunk beds take up a lot less room than two beds laid down horizontally. Using vertical space helps parents and children make the most of the small bedroom. Bunk beds often allow for a lot of extra storage options. Use the storage space under bunk beds and any other pockets of space to store personal belongings.
Controlling Toy Clutter
Toy clutter can easily take over a bedroom, whether the bedroom is a single room, or shared by two siblings. Keep toy clutter under control by using a toy rotation system. Pick out a few of your children’s toys, and store the rest in another location, such as the shed or garage. Then each week or two replace the toys with others that have been stored away. Rotating toys allows children the opportunity to play with “new” toys on a regular basis, without the prospect of tripping over a mass of toy clutter that has accumulated in the shared bedroom.
Shared Clothes Storage
Children who have their own bedroom generally have more room to store their clothes. However, children who sleep in close quarters in a shared bedroom need to share more than their living area and toys. They also need to share their clothes storage. Parents should designate specific shelf and hanger space for each child (perhaps even including a label with each child’s name) and make the most out of clothes storage space that they have available by storing out-of-season clothes in an alternative location.
Children who share a small bedroom will need be encouraged to make the most of their close quarters in order to keep their belongings and clutter, under control. Start off by installing bunk beds, which serve as a great space-saver. Next, control toy clutter by using a toy rotation system. Make the most of share clothes storage space by assigning specific hanger and shelf space to each child and storing out-of-season clothes in an alternative location.
MilSpouse.com, Close Quarters. Use these tips to organise bedrooms shared by kids, by Julie Steed.