Just recently, I wrote a post about the best ways to help with the interior design of your teen boys or girls room, but in this case, it’s different. We’re dealing with toddlers here. One very important tip which is worthy of note is to be sure that every nursery set or furniture piece which you purchase for a toddler’s room should be a furniture piece which is in great shape.
Recently, a reader wrote in for advice, here’s what she sent to us:
We have two girls sharing right now, one is almost 4 and the other is 1.5. How do you organize clothes and toys when your kids share a room? I need details. Right now we have a small three drawer dresser that serves as a changing table and a decently sized closet.
I'd love to not have the changing table in there at all anymore in order to move toys out of the living room (we do have most toys in the basement, but we like to keep favorite books and smaller toys upstairs). We also have an Elfa system in the closet, so a number of the shelves could be switched out with the Elfa drawers. We have 3 in there already that were put in when just my oldest was using the room.
Now how do we react to this?
From kids room design experience and personal history, while I was growing up, I had to share a room with my brothers and we did what we thought was logical, we divided our room with chalk marks by drawing lines on the floor. We basically didn’t even mark out any walkway, such that you would seek for permission to get into the room from the door, as you would be walking through another person’s space… oh! Those days… hilarious.
Funny as that may sound, the easiest way to have your kids share a room is to have it divided to the last inch. How? Create a section for everyone. Divide the wardrobe, let each one know their own part of the wardrobe. Label the drawers so each one can know where to stuff their own goodies, and create an actual floor plan.
The floor plan is definitely very important. This is because it is the most contended space in the room. Jack could want to play just because he’s watching Jill play, and although this is quite ideal, sometimes, they may have different play interests, especially where age is a factor. Now this post is not about creating a line between your kids, NO! It is more about helping them reduce split-room chaos that will likely happen when you are not watching. Remember, we’re talking about ‘sharing’ and not ‘splitting’.
Now, the first rule of optimizing a shared room is to promote peace by creating as much space as possible for both of your kids, this can be achieved by PURGING.
Purging the room is a procedure which involves taking out everything that eats up space in the room with little benefit. You know that piece of furniture you have to ignore because you want it to ‘just stay there’, that’s exactly what we are talking about. Take it out.