We chose a home with plenty of bedrooms, and it is a good thing, because we have lots of uses for them! When we moved into this home, each of the three girls had their own room, and then when we made room for a nursery a few years ago, the twins started sharing the larger bedroom and my younger daughter (23 months younger than the twins) kept her own room. That was a terrible idea. She hated the idea of a slumber party happening in the room next door while she slept alone, so she wound up in their room every night anyway. And so eventually we moved all the girls into one room and made the other bedroom their Clubhouse. I’ll be showing the Clubhouse during the Craft Room Week, since crafts are a big part of what happens in there.
Let’s just sneak in here while the girls are at school and I’ll show you around. I reminded them to leave their beds made before they left since I knew I wanted to take pictures. I surprised them with some new lip gloss in their catch-all bowls on their dressers for helping me. If you’ve read my blog for a while, you already know that I’m not a normal organizing blogger, but if you’re new, you’ll figure it out soon – these photos aren’t staged. #aintnobodygottimeforthat
The little basket outside the door is where I drop things that belong in their room or clubhouse and they are responsible for getting these items put away. The system works well enough that I don’t have to think too much about it – the basket stays empty enough.
Daughter #3’s bed and furniture –
Daughter #2’s bed and furniture – she has had the dinosaur since she was 2.
Daughter #1’s bed and furniture and an assortment of stuffed animals she still adores. She has had the monkey since she was 2.
There is a lot of empty space in their closet. If I don’t have something that “fits” – not just physically, but also would belong with the rest of their things – I’m not going to put it in their closet just to fill it up. The baskets are for off-season shoes and the bottom one is for Sunday tights that they share.
They each have a hook for their bags that they can fill up – and they fill them up. And they also tend to put belts from dresses over the bar of the closet just to hang. It wouldn’t be my first choice of places, but if they know where it is when they need it – oh well.
The other side of the closet has built in shelves that fit personal suitcases perfectly. Each girl has her own suitcase and it goes on a shelf. The stuff on the top shelf is a kit that turns two twin beds into a King size bed for when we have guests that would use this room.
I use simple closet dividers to keep their dresses and skirts separated in the long hanging section. One thing I notice about this picture is that different children will hang the same skirt up in different ways. They bring their laundry basket to me and I wash their clothes and fold them, but I usually have them put their own clothes away, which includes hanging dress clothes.
And this little section of the closet reminds me that there is still an 8 year old in the room, who is very organized naturally and loves being with her big sisters … but she still has a soft little girly side that wants her stuffed animal families setup nearby her bed and I love it.
The closet door is usually closed, but here is a view of when it is open. The girls also keep their robes on hooks on the door.
I think all spaces should be bright and happy, but especially children’s spaces. I tried to choose colors that were somehow both bright and soft to me, so that they could somehow soothe and cheer at the same time.
The wall over here slants, but with short girls, no one has been bothered.
All of the dressers were second-hand and then painted to coordinate. None of them actually match, but they go well together.
I’ve been slowly adding and building to the decor of their room since they were little, but I’ve always known what colors I loved for my girls – ALL the colors in the happiest of shades.
And I want their room to speak to them when I’m not in the room to say stuff like this quote from Oscar Wilde “Be Yourself. Everyone else is taken.”
That is my three girls’ bedroom. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour!