we do not live in a large home.
it fits us and our needs (although, i always think we could use more room) but by in by, compared to most, we live in a small space...especially considering the amount of children we have.
about a month ago, i had a light bulb moment.
as we were trying to figure out where the new babe was going to go (kohen was already in our room, due to lack of space) we realized we were going to have to get rid of furniture, to make it work for kohen to move into the boys room.
i like their furniture, not to mention it houses so many of the boys "trinkets" that they so lovingly adore.
(i would throw most of those trinkets away if it were up to me---if they don't have a desk/bookshelf, then those trinkets end up on the floor---so, the furniture needed to stay).
so, my light bulb moment?
move all of the kids into the ridiculously HUGE master bedroom that mr. anderson and i shared with kohen.
this bedroom is huge.
like, half the size of our house.
it just didn't make sense for us to occupy that huge space, when we were lacking space in other areas.
so, we enlisted some help and got the rooms all switched around.
i'm going to begin with a picture of what the room looks like on a normal day...messy and cluttered.
although, this isn't even a good representation of it...it's normally much more messy.
here is what it looks like when i've treated my children like
slaves helpers and made them clean it all up.
vacuumed and everything.
this is the first view, when you walk into the room.
caedmon and milo share the bunk bed to the left.
bathroom is straight ahead.
and standing from the boys bunk beds, looking across the room, this is what you see.
kohen in the crib.
hadley and elsa share the bunk beds in the back.
and standing from the bathroom/window area, this is what you see.
closet, straight ahead.
i've just recently got hadley and elsa's side of the room decorated.
still working on the boys side.
by far my favorite part of the room is the master closet.
rather than going to 3 different closets to put away clothes before, now i go to 1 closet.
1 closet people.
it's marvelous. all their clothes are in here now.
seriously, this has made my day.
you can't see, but there is another 2 clothes racks on the right hand side.
this closet is so big that we could have put one of the kids in here, and had that be their bedroom.
i know some of you might be thinking "how in the world do you get 5 kids to share a room?"
well, they were used to sharing prior to this.
the girls were in 1 room, and the boys were in the other.
i was worried about kohen not cooperating when it came to bedtime, but we have done a good job at sticking to a bedtime routine, and it seems to be working.
in a perfect world, this is what our routine looks like:
jammies and brushing teeth start happening at 7:30.
then we do a book, bible story and then pray.
around 8:00, the kids go to their beds and we turn on an adventures in odyssey CD...it's basically a christian radio program that teaches kids lessons and values. the kids love them.
kohen goes to his crib at this time too. (most of the time, he fights it, but after a few minutes, he gives in)
everyone looks at books in their beds (or plays quietly) while they listen to odyssey.
once it's over, then the lights go out, but caedmon can have 15 extra minutes with his book light to read. (one advantage of being the oldest)
that is the schedule we try to stick too.
it doesn't always happen.
sometimes kids are yelling...crying...not staying in their beds...sometimes i'm yelling...
oh, and to help with the fighting over whose turn it is to pick a book, etc., i made this:
the clothespins get moved over one spot everyday. this has been a MAJOR help in the fighting department.
so again, let me say that we are not perfect...this routine and room set up works for us...the andersons.
it might not work for you.
and sticking to the routine takes work, but i think will save us stress in the long run. (there is a light at the end of the tunnel, right?)
any questions about the room?
ask away in the comments and i'll respond there too!
alright friends...it's wednesday.
i'm feeling crafty, but instead i will probably just eat something.
maybe i'll make this? tasty!
happy wednesday people.