Last week, my girls and I worked really hard to get their bedroom cleaned, organized, rearranged, and de-cluttered. It was a really, really big job.
Our girls share an abnormally large bedroom space, which is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing, because there is plenty of room for them to store their belongings and play. A curse, because there is plenty of room for them to store their belongings and play. Trust me, two walk-in closets is too many in any given bedroom. (If you think it is hard to keep one child’s closet clean and organized, try keeping two enormous closets clean and organized.) Um…just realized I’ve written about this problem before–go here if you really want all the nitty-gritty details.
Probably due to the fact that this bedroom is more frequently in chaos than in pretty-for-pictures mode, I have few pictures of it. In fact, the only ones I found in my files were taken several years ago (Lily is in them!), but are a fairly accurate depiction of the typical disarray. Here you go:
Lately, we’ve had some conflict between the sisters over the care and keeping of said bedroom space. (Imagine that–sisters arguing?!?!?!) They have both demanded their own room. That’s not in the cards for my girls, so I decided on an alternative plan: dividing the room in half. No, I didn’t throw down a chalkline, but I did help the girls rearrange their belongings so that they would each have half the room with the accompanying closet. Maybe in the future, we can install some type of shelving/room divider.
Before I show you the pictures, I have to offer you a disclaimer: the pepto-bismol pink walls were already there when we bought the house. My girls loved those pink walls five years ago, but they are definitely over them…as am I. It’s going to take a lot of work to strip that wallpaper border and cover the pink with pale blue, but that’s what we’re hoping to do in a few months.
Here’s the “panoramic” tour…
…beginning with the bedroom entrance. (I wasn’t kidding about Pepto Bismol, was I?)
The curtain wasn’t part of the original bed, but when I decided to give Superkid “office space”, I felt like I needed something to quickly hide that space, if necessary. Bedsides, what child doesn’t enjoy their own little spot to hide away? I had the fabric in my stash (vintage, from Grandma Kitchen’s collection), and all it took was a couple of quick seams and an inexpensive tension rod to create that pretty little nook.
My girls are sooooo excited about their new bedroom arrangement. I’m excited that I don’t have to cringe every time I walk past their room, and that I didn’t have to referee any fights over who was responsible for making the mess while they cleaned their room on Saturday. Guess what? It’s been a week since our big cleaning project, and the room remains immaculate. Score!
Now, I have to tackle sooooo many more spaces before my parents arrive for a visit, this week. The rest of my house looks like a bomb went off in it over the weekend. Wish me luck!