Both of my kids spent the first year of their (sleepless) nights in our bedroom but, the time came to move my son into my daughter’s room! How sweet it has been to have our room back to ourselves! Although creating a shared bedroom for kids wasn’t as easy as I thought.
While it has been a transition for my son to sleep in a new place, it has been exciting for him to have a space that is his, with his toys and clothes and stuffed animals. The only tricky part has been learning how to merge my daughter’s room and my son’s stuff. I have slowly been working on making the room equally his and hers and it hasn’t been the easiest task. Here are a few things that I have learned as we have transitioned to this shared bedroom for kids.
One of the first steps I took was to create some new wall art with my son’s name. My daughter had a similar display and adding my son’s name and suddenly, it was no longer just my daughter’s room. Especially as kids get older, they love to see their names on things. It gives them a sense of belonging and ownership which is what I wanted for my son. This new display served as a reminder for me to remember that my son is not just a visitor in this space. It was his and I needed to make sure that he felt at home in it.
“Gender neutral” is all the rage for nurseries and bedrooms (and wallets) these days but, I want to recommend two options for color schemes in shared rooms. I prefer either minimal color, using mosty white and natural wood as a base OR a hodge podge of color. We went with a hodge podge of color in my kid’s room and have started calling their room the “circus room”.Create The Perfect Shared Bedroom For Kids In 4 Easy Steps Click To Tweet
It is bright and nothing matches but it is easy to display work and choose bedspreads when you have decided not worry about color matching. Sometimes just color-coordinating is the easiest option.
Before I moved my son into my daughter’s room, the walls were covered with her art, her photos, pink and white bunting and decorations that she and I made together before my son was born. Recently, we have been working on making creations and art to hang altogether.
For example, my son recently learned how to “color” (meaning he is no longer eating the crayons he’s holding) and after we practiced a little bit, I decided that we should redo a wall hanging with his help. He loved participating in the craft so, now, not only does the hanging include some of his artistic eye but there is a memory attached to it that includes the whole family.
In our home, we try and keep the number of toys to a minimum so, one of the most important decisions we made was to purchase toys that were mostly gender neutral and good quality toys. This decision has cut back on clutter in the kid’s room. However, one of the most difficult challenges we have faced on the toy front is creating safe and special places for toys that my daughter may not want to share with her brother and vice versa.
Books are a great staple item in every room. Here is a guide on what and how to read to your children by age.
Tip: If you’re anticipating creating a shared room, I highly recommend purchasing a basket or kids caddy where each of your children can keep things that they don’t want to share. They have to share their toys but there is a rather small and limited space where they can store their extra special things. Creating this safe place allows them to feel secure instead of always on edge, wondering when their sibling is going to snatch away their precious treasures.
If you’re creating a shared bedroom for kids like our family, these four simple tricks and easy changes will make the transition seamless, affordable and stress free!