(…and an eighth little prince who somehow managed to get his own room)
We play musical rooms a lot in our four-bedroom home. With every new baby, we re-evaluate the use of each bedroom, and often in between births as well! Some arrangements are well-received and last a while, and some ideas are ditched within a few months. Such was the case since Handsome was born.
For several years, we had all three girls in the largest bedroom, two boys in the middle sized room, and two boys in the tiny bedroom. After Handsome was born, he slept in a bassinet in our bedroom.
About six months ago, we switched things up. (Cue music. Imagine bedroom furniture rotating around in circles).
The four older boys moved into the big bedroom, Writer moved into the middle bedroom under the notion that she would share her room with the baby when he got big enough for the crib, and the two younger girls moved into the tiny bedroom.
A few months later, the boys still liked their sleeping arrangements and needed only to re-arrange some furniture, but the girls were less than thrilled. They missed being all together.
It was time to play musical rooms again.
As a side note, frequent rounds of musical rooms is a GREAT way to keep up with cleaning underneath kids’ beds. You’d be amazed at what you find.
But back to our bedroom arrangements.
I’m so very excited about our newest arrangement. I am hopeful that this one will last a while. Want to see some pictures?
Let’s start with the boys. I recently bought some cute letter stickers and had some great fun with them!
I’m especially pleased with this arrangement that we did for our young sports enthusiasts! Those are real football and hockey photos, by the way. Long story short, Iron Man has a friend who knows a professional sports photographer, and the photos were a Christmas gift to Handyman last year. Great gift, isn’t it? (Thanks again, Mr. John! A year later, they still love the pictures!)
Here’s a peek inside the first closet. We use interlocking storage cubes to organize most of the children’s clothes, and we line up their clothes vertically instead of stacking horizontally to cut back on the mess.
The other closet. There is a small amount of space on each side of the cube set for hanging clothes, but our boys don’t have a lot that requires hanging. This space is plenty for their needs. On the floor, each boy has a bin to toss his shoes in.
Out the door and to the left, we come to the girls’ room. We have pink letter stickers gracing their room. This bedroom is not as large as the boys’, but they love it.
Here are the girls’ beds. The top bunk is Writer’s twin bed, and the bottom bunk is a full-sized bed shared by Cowgirl and Strawberry.
Same storage cubes as the boys’, different color. It’s a large closet, but feels a tad small for our girls who love dresses, so we are currently hanging their dresses in the hall closet just outside their bedroom. No picture of that either; sorry.
And one last picture of the girls’ room.
The last bedroom, the tiny one, is presently uninhabited. It contains a crib and a dresser awaiting the arrival of Handsome, who is still small enough to sleep in a cradle in our room. No pictures of his room today as it’s a little messy from our recent round of musical rooms and my painting project, but I’ll be glad to show you his door.
I can’t say who is the most excited: the boys with their new L-shaped arrangement and super-cool football picture arrangement… or the girls, thrilled to be all together again, who have scored a gorgeous dressing table. Either way, everyone is very happy with the place they landed in the latest game of Musical Rooms!