When Children Share a Room (Part One)

Siblings are bound to squabble but stick them into the same room and the likelihood of discord goes up.

What's a parent to do?  Here are some tips I've shared over the years.


1.  Be as fair as is humanly possible in your division of space.  There are boards at Pinterest to inspire you in terms of sharing closets, dressers, nightstands, bunk beds etc.  Why not pull images you like and create a board of your own?  When you think you have all the details ironed out you can show it to your children (provided they are old enough to make an informed decision with you) and the design of the room can be a shared journey with input from all parties concerned. 


2.  If you don't have the funds or don't wish to purchase new furniture you can repurpose pieces you own or find something at a consignment store.  A fresh coat of paint will transform the most tired old dresser into something special.  Consider special touches like blackboard paint or new handles for the dresser drawers. The creation of this room can be a lesson in creativity for your children.


3.  Teach your children the rule of completion. When you start an activity whether it's playing with all of your Barbies or opening a dresser drawer you must have an action that brings everything back to its original state. If you close a cupboard you just opened or return items in physical space, you will do that with thoughts, projects, promises ~ everything.


4.  Each child should have specific bed linens, towels and bedding (comforter, duvet, pillow sham, bed skirt et al.) If they are old enough they can also be responsible for doing their own laundry. Two sets of linens should work well for each child so that while one is in use the other can be in the linen closet.  Tuck the flat sheet and fitted sheets into the pillowcase on the linen closet shelf and pieces won't get separated.


5.  Each child should have storage solutions for all of his or her toys but especially for the unique items he or she cherishes.


Part Two soon! In the meantime enjoy this clever solution I found on Pinterest.  It adds privacy which is especially important  when the children are not the same sex.



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