8.31.2011

5 kids in 1 room.

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.
blah.
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.
no joke.

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...
we're normal.

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!

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alright friends...it's wednesday.
i'm feeling crafty, but instead i will probably just eat something.
happy wednesday people.

145 comments:

  1. good move. i like kids sharing rooms. it builds character.

    i think this baby you're carrying must be very smart because you've got lots of nifty ideas going on.

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  2. WOW that is just so ingenious! I would have never thought about moving them all to the master bedroom, but it works- and it might help contain their clutter to one room?

    How do you see this space working for your family as the kids get older?

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  3. GREAT idea! i love those light bulb moments. and it looks like your kids have plenty of room to play, that's awesome. so now does that mean the baby will go in the third bedroom?

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  4. This is such a BRILLIANT fix!! Great creative problem-solving! And even better - the kids will have great memories of sleeping in the same room together. My sister and I shared a room for a period of about a year when we were kids, and we still have so many jokes and stories from that time that are so special to us! Great idea!

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  5. that looks great and really it already looks like two seperate rooms. and 5 in one room isnt that crazy. my father in law is 1 of 22 and they had 7 in one room at a time:) do what you have to do right? im loving all of your organizing!!

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  6. That is awesome! And that room is HUGE! We currently live in my parents old house, they had to move abruptly and didn't want to sell right away so we moved in. I kinda have to opposite problem, we kinda have too much space and I hate it all. I like more of a cozy feeling. Everything is spread out and broken up into so many small rooms. Not a fan. I miss apartment living!

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  7. Brilliant. I love it! Especially your bedtime routine as that can be such a hectic time of day!

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  8. This is an awesome plan! I don't have kids, so I can hardly imagine having 5, but it seems like a good move to keep them together :) and I love that you all listen to Adventures in Odyssey. A little known fact about me...I was once the costume character of Mr Whitaker at Focus on the Family (it was a summer job in college)!

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  9. such a great idea!! That master bedroom was super huge! I remember listening to adventures in odyssey when I was little! I used to run to the radio to listen to the stories in my mom's kitchen! Do they sell the CDs online? I would love to get a set for my kiddos!!

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  10. What a great idea. My question is, how are you and the Mr. adjusting to a smaller bedroom after having all that space in the master?

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  11. Oooooh good idea! And love the one closet...MARVELOUS!

    I will be interested to see how you handle them all in one room as they grow up. You are a great momma and I love how you share your realness!

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  12. Great Idea! Especially the one closet and a bathroom specifically for the kids (and not guests). When I was a single Mom with 4 kids (3 girls and 1 boy) I lived in a three bedroom apartment with a super large master bedroom. I put the three girls in the master and I used the master bath to do all the kids baths. It was wonderful.

    I also love your bedtime routine, especially Adventures in Odyssey.

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  13. thank you so much for posting this. i am having another baby in january and my two girls will start sharing a room. people act as if i am crazy having kids share a room. i think it is great and makes total sense. will the new baby have a separate room or share with you again?

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  14. Love this post. I'm a nut for practical help and solutions. You did such an adorable job with the room. My questions are: 1. my 2 older girls (2 & 4) share a room and we may need to eventually add our 11 mo. old too...how do you keep them in their beds? 2. do they wake up really early since they're all sharing a room?

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  15. @bird and tree--not sure if they sell the CD's online (i'm sure they do)...we borrow from friends.

    @meg, our kids get out of their beds at times, but for the most part, they obey the rules and stay in bed. it's something we've enforced since they were way little (like 1 1/2) so they just know...we stay in our beds. and if it were summer time, then yes, i would say they get up too early. but they are up at just the right time for school, so it works perfectly.

    @tracy, new baby will be in a pack/n/play in our room for a while.

    as far as the kids getting older in this room, and how the space will work...i really haven't thought about it...my hope is that we'll be in a larger home by then :)

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  16. It looks amazing! And I happen to be a firm believer of kiddos sharing rooms and the benefits it can have. The master bedroom is crazy big at your house! WOW! And the fact that the girls have separate quarters to escape to. It's brilliant. I kind of want to move in there too. Great job. We're HUGE fans of Odyssey here too. Fabulous!

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  17. you are brilliant!!! that looks like such a FUN way to grow up.

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  18. Makes perfect sense to me!! I had a friend who put her three girls in the master suite, and they took one of the "hall bedrooms" so they could still have a guest room. The added benefit there? The toothpaste gush from small children was in the HIDDEN bathroom. Mom and dad could count on themselves to clean up every day so the "hall bathroom" (only 2 bathrooms in the house) was never funky when people popped over to visit and needed to use it! They also had a similar bedtime routine :-P. Easiest baby-sitting gig ever! :-D

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  19. Brilliant! It looks like a perfect solution!

    We're Odyssey fans too. My MIL is our Veggie Tales & Odyssey supplier but I do know they sell them online and they have podcasts you can download for free too.

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  20. I love. love. love. the shared room idea. What a perfect set-up! You are so creative and resourceful! They are going to make so many fun memories together! I'll have to check out the Adventures in Odyssey cd for my kiddos!

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  21. I would have never thought of this! Great idea though! What does Mr and Mrs Anderson's room look like? Are you having to walk between several closets? - Alyssa

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  22. You've got to work with what ya got! We do the same, I have 3 kids in one room. Although....2 usually end up else where in my home by morning. And they've gotten used to each other's noises, moves, and what not. Not all bad. And I love that I only have to go to one closet too :) And if we move...might consider using one closet still...even if I have 20! haha. Good post...makes me feel more "normal" about our situation!

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  23. this will make my 4 who share a room so happy!! you are teaching so many lessons while conserving space. love it!

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  24. That is a great idea and how selfless of you to give up your space! I do love the idea of one closet and I will definitely use the clothes pin idea when we have more kiddos ruling our home! Great ideas!!

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  25. I think what you did was amazing. They may all be in one room but it doesn't look like that. They all have their areas. Love the girls wall above the dresser. You have to be creative when you have small spaces......except this is not a small room but sure is large with love.

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  26. You inspire me more than you know! Such a good momma!

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  27. i love the new room for all of them. it does amaze me that it's working but it looks pretty big so yay. your organization skills are great. very inspiring! :)

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  28. Love it. This has totally been our plan as our family grows and I think it will make it easy to stay in our house so much longer!

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  29. You are a genius! I only have an 8 month old at the moment, but when we have more kids, I would love to have them all in one huge room. And I love that its convenient when putting away laundry. I can from a family of 6 and I wish my mom would have thought of that clothespin chart... we found over who's turn it was all the time!

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  30. I think the room looks wonderful!!!! I say we make our houses work for our families!!!! Great job.

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  31. I like it! I've always thought it ridiculous that master suite's are so huge when all we as adults really do is sleep in there...kids are the ones that need the space to play and spread out and jump around.

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  32. Like I said before, my 5 brothers shared ONE TEENY TINY room seriously, all it could fit in it was the 2 sets of bunkbeds with a mattress under one of them for the 5th brother and one dresser, with no room to walk...it can be done and yay for you with pulling it off! they will have GREAT memories of this! and later if it doesn't work out, you can always keep all the boys in there and put the 2 girls in one of the other smaller rooms! it's BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!
    you did a great job with the room!
    and the closet ROCKS!
    tara

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  33. brilliant use of space. Well done. My babies sleep in my closet for the first six months. With my last baby, we actually decorated her half of the walk-in closet with decals, a changing table, the whole she-bang. Sadly, that space has now been filled in with junk. Guess we have another project to add to the list before Seven comes in March!

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  34. my hubs and I don't have any wee ones yet, but I definitely try to keep all of your organizing ideas stored away (safely, i hope!) in my noggin.

    you amaze me!.. seriously.

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  35. I love the yellow hutch/desk it is so neat! What a great idea to give up the master bedroom, it is huge! I love that you have a curtain that divides the room so the girls (and the boys) can have some privacy if needed.

    Loving the clothespin idea too!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Andrea

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  36. Whoa. First off, what a blessing that you have a sick-nasty master bedroom for the kids to filch. Secondly, love your bedtime routine. The kids will all adjust and get used to it. I love the predictability and they secretly do too.

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  37. This is seriously so brilliant!

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  38. I just pinned a few things from this post!! You are such an inspiration and I love your system!!

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  39. awesome idea!!!! love it :)

    so what room are you in now???

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  40. What a brilliant idea!!

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  41. so smart.
    seriously.
    we gave our oldest her own room when we moved here and it taught her nothing but selfishness. it was an awful idea. the others have companionship and have had to learn to share. and they get to talk at night about whatever without mom and dad. there is a bond that someday they may hate but i think more so they will be closer because of it.
    you are a wise woman!
    they have the rest of their lives to have their OWN space...this is the time to teach caring and sharing and closeness.

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  42. cool! wait to go making things work for your family:)...

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  43. Thanks for stopping by and saying hi! I love this post. We have a two bedroom house and I've been wondering where to put the soon-to-arrive-little-one and then, what if we have more!? We too have a ridiculously huge master bedroom so this would be a perfect solution! Thanks for sharing. I love it!

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  44. OHHH I SUPER LOVE that idea!!! OH off to get my cloth pins :)

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  45. I love how bright and colorful, but still simple this room is! I'm gonna have to ask you for organizing and decorating advice once we have a hand full of kids to find room for!

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  46. great idea! where did you get the girls bedding? looks super cute!

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  47. Such an adorable room/decorations! I love that they all share. so sweet! Also, 3 out of 4 of the songs on your playlist are my favE! love reading your blog! :)

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  48. We LOVE Odyssey! Such a great way to reinforce Christian values!

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  49. super clever thinking...many kids in the big room. it looks great and lots of great playing space too. oh and the clothespins...good thinking.

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  50. i forgot to say that my son listens to odyssey non stop...several times a day and every night before bed...and he is nearly 10!

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  51. And you ? In wich room are you now ? In the girls or in the boys ? And the baby he's he going to be in a different room than you ?

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  52. the whose turn is it board is freaking amazing! will def have to keep in mind once i start having lil humans in the house :)

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  53. that room is awesome! genius idea.

    i'm 27 and still a huge Odyssey fan. sometimes when i'm feeling a little nostalgic, I still listen to it. i even buy the new ones when they come out, because i'm just that much of a dork.

    mr. whitaker rocks.

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  54. that room is awesome! genius idea.

    i'm 27 and still a huge Odyssey fan. sometimes when i'm feeling a little nostalgic, I still listen to it. i even buy the new ones when they come out, because i'm just that much of a dork.

    mr. whitaker rocks.

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  55. You know I think this is brilliant, but I will say it again BRILLIANT. And to think you came up with it with preggers brain kickin, ha. You have made you home much more useful to your fam, HUGE pat on the back my friend.

    XO

    Thanks for the sandwich shout out, I really crave it everyday!

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  56. You are one smart lady! Love the new set up.

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  57. Inspiring for sure :-) Thanks for sharing these pictures.

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  58. you may not agree, but from my point of view you seem so organized! i'm always amazed with the ideas you have and the systems of organization you use. by the time i have kids, i'll know everything! ha!

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  59. Wow - that room IS huge! Great idea in making the switch and figuring out how to lay it all out. 1 giant closet = brilliant. I'm guessing it may end up as a bedroom at some point when one of your kids insists on more privacy. Our master bedroom in our 50's house is just 11x12, small by today's standards, but plenty of space in our opinion. Also, this room look great; like a perfect kid haven. What what are you doing with the former boys room and girls room? Obviously one of them is your new master bedroom. What about the other?

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  60. I love it! I shared a room growing up and I always intended for my children to do likewise. I love the way it is arranged, all in the same room, but separate zones for the boy stuff and the girls stuff. Great idea!

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  61. I LOVE this! What a great room! People act like I'm crazy because our 3 kids share a room and 1 closet, but I swear it's the best idea ever! Just going into ONE closet to put way all kid laundry is a fantastic time saver, & so glad to hear someone else agrees :)

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  62. So smart to move rooms! I am curious to know what your "master" looks like in a smaller room and how you made that work for you- if you are willing to share.

    Also, I love the "hadley & elsa" banner!! Can you share where you bought that or how you made it (if it was a DIY)? I would love to do something like that for my little girl! :) And maybe if you are willing to share more details of the little girl things, I wouldn't be opposed! ;)

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  63. So awesome to see! I have one girl and one boy - and we live in a 900square foot apartment so they share. People look at me like I'm crazy when i tell them they share. But it has been such a privilege watching them grow and share and learn together. I think it's magical. And such fun to be with ALL your siblings! What a special time of their lives you have created by being so resourceful. Thanks for the daily does of inspiration! Love reading up on your guys exciting life!

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  64. awesome!!! I love it! I shared a room with at least one sibling my entire childhood (until my older sister left for college). At one point we had 4 in the same bedroom. Its just what you do when there are lots of little ones running around :)

    Your family is beautiful and makes me smile :)

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  65. What a great idea! I still love Oddessy even at 21 :)

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  66. you. are. stinking. brilliant.

    And creative.

    And if you were on TV I would totally watch a reality series about you.

    (I mean that in the most not-a-creepy-stalker way.)

    Did you make the Hadley Elsa sign? I love it! And the clothespin thingy is great!

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  67. It sounds crazy, but I can totally see how it works. And putting clothes away in one closet? That is amazing. So glad you are finding space for all of your littles!

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  68. love the room! and love the decorations on the wall on the girls side. so sweet!!

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  69. genius!! Seriously em you never cease to amaze me with your witty creativity!! BRAVO!!! :-)

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  70. brilliant - necessity is the mother of invention. Adding 3 yr old twins by adoption to make 5 kids had us doing some room changes too. Okay, now you have to show us how you made your room work :)

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  71. Such a great idea. Love the clothespin idea as well. Great pictures. Such cute decorations on the girls side too.

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  72. That is amazing. Also amazing that you have managed to accomplish all of that redecorating and rearranging with all those kiddos running around. Nice work. So many fabulous ideas to choose from - thanks for sharing!

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  73. Nice work! I love seeing how you are making everything work. We are expecting twins which will be #4 & #5 under the age of 6... and we live in a small 1300 sq ft house. We considered the master bedroom plan, but with twins, it changes everything! We're now having to convert our garage to the boys' "hood". At least the smell will stay there.

    Love the girls' side. They deserve it. :-)

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  74. Love it!! You've done a great job with the room! And, they will all be better roommates and spouses someday because they know how to share and love. Six kids...wow. Who woulda thought when I knew you way back when? :)

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  75. The room looks great...what a clever idea! And I LOVED Adventures in Odyssey as a kid. My brothers and I listened to them all the time, and I still remember several of those stories! :)

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  76. That may be the most brilliant thing I have ever seen! I have my girls in one room and boys in another but they usually all end up together anyway!
    Great idea!

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  77. Hi there!! The room is perfect, so great! I just looked up the AIO to see what it was, I'm super interested to try these! Do you have to start with a certain one (I couldn't find this by reading about them!)....and obviously with some of your kids being this age I'm sure the answer is yes, but would a 3 year old enjoy them (with no older siblings!)? Thanks!! Paige

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  78. I love all of your organisational ideas and child-management :D I will definitely be re-reading all of these posts when I have kids someday!

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  79. you are a genius. please use your powers to organize my basement.

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  80. looks so good emily!!! such a good idea.

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  81. Ok, I am not much for crafty or organizational things because sometimes they are too much work for their worth and I am NOT very crafty. But, I gotta say that clothespin-who-picks thingy is an outstandingly easy idea. I think I can handle that and boy would that help me.

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  82. You are a genius with that room switch! What is "pick an oddyssey?" And let me apologize in advance for this next bit especially since you're pregnant, but the grammar police in me can't help myself.
    "much more messy"= much messier
    okay?

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  83. that room IS huge! great example of sacrifice for the kids. Thanks for sharing. You did great with the arrangement!

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  84. Great idea! You totally have to do what makes sense in your home in terms of function for your family. And that is a a huge room! It looks great!

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  85. You give me hope! We are planning to transition all our boys into one room over the next 6 months. Feeling like we're crazy and not gonna get much sleep, but we'll give it a go :) I LOVE the clothespin board and am going to try that!

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  86. Back in the day I used to listen to Adventures in Odyssey every night when I went to bed too. It's been about 15 years since then and it is so encouraging to here they still have them! They really are such uplifting stories full of truth!

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  87. the room looks fabulous and makes complete sense! love the girl's wall. my kids listen to adventures in odyssey tapes from the 80s-90s--ones my hubbie used to listen to as a youngster. they are stellar.

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  88. woah, snap! our room takes up half the upstairs of our house too and with no.5 on the way i've been thinking exactly the same thing...BUNK ROOM!!
    like yours, ours has semi-separated areas that would lend themselves perfectly to gender/age areas.
    i love how you've pulled it all together - it looks stunning.

    Dee

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  89. Makes sense to have all the kiddos together when you have such a LARGE room. Seriously, you don't get rooms that large in the houses in my city.

    As for the Who's Turn is It Board: I have one in my classroom, too. Works like a charm. Everyday the kids know their responsibility and there's no fighting. Always a plus!

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  90. Emily, I love it! So out of the box but really works. Can't believe the size of that room compared to the rest of your home. I know, I've been there! Sweet solution ~ especially the 1 closet thing. I feel your pain of putting clothes away. . .or even getting them on kids from diff. rooms. Love the girls' wall! You rock, Mama!

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  91. this is a truly genius idea. i even just told my husband about it. you know how husbands love it when we stop them from watching their tv show to say, "hey, honey, i just read on this blog...."

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  92. Em!! I LOVE it all. If only I could borrow your brain for a day. Have to come see it :)

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  93. LOVE this. Love the closeness that sharing bedrooms brings. I had two sisters growing up and even though there were plenty of bedrooms, my mom and dad put beds side by side by side for us. And we listened to, grew up on Odyssey also!

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  94. Love this! What a brilliant idea! I have great memories of sharing a bedroom with my sister! I love the organization too!

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  95. this is awesome, emily. my husband and i always talk about having this kinds of living situation for our four boys. ideally, i want them to share two rooms. one for toys and and one with their beds and clothes. and only putting laundry away in one closet is a HUGE BONUS!!!!!!!!!!!

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  96. perfect! we also have a ridiculously enormous master bedroom. i have 2 sets of boy/girl twins 6 & 2. each set shares a room.

    my big kids have sleep overs in our room, when one night my husband decided to move their matresses in instead of sleeping bags. they fit with plenty of room for my little 2. i said "why do we have 4 bedrooms, we could all just sleep in 1!"

    fabulous job doing what works for you!

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  97. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! I've considered having all my girls in the master bedroom...ours isn't nearly as big as yours, but it is keeping me thinking. Thank you for sharing!

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  98. This is AWESOME! And that IS a huge bedroom!! So glad you posted this, I was really wanting to see how you were going to make it work. :) Now you have to post baby's nursery and the new master bedroom. :) Btdub, you have 100 freaking comments on this post! That's crazy, I'm not even going to try to read them all. ;)

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  99. this is brilliant! i love all the clothes in ONE closet. i grew up listening to adventures in odyssey at night before bed.

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  100. oh my gosh I LOVED Odyssey!!! It was one of my favorite things growing up! That, and those little Christian booklets...hmm...what were they called? Keys for Kids maybe? Oh man I miss being a kid!

    And you are such a good mama {and your hubs is a good dad, too!} for giving up your big room for your kiddos to use.

    Does that mean you'll use one of the rooms as a guest room, or is that where little baby-to-be will go?

    Speaking of, do you have a name picked out for the little bean, or are you waiting to share until he/she arrives?

    Lots of questions, sorry! :)

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  101. P.S. I just pinned your "Whose Turn Is It?" board.

    http://pinterest.com/pin/156346942/

    Do you have pinterest?

    DON'T GET IT. You will never fold laundry again, it is THAT addicting...

    ...although I never fold laundry to begin with, so it works for me! ;)

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  102. I absolutely love reading your blog. You are the most unique, inspring, interesting person I know (in the blog world). I love your creativity and wittiness, and I love reading about your life and all your babies!

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  103. yes i love it lots. so much so that i might have told many about this great idea. i feel the need to share the wisdom!

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  104. Great move! I would love to see how the space was utilized when it was a master bedroom. I wish that I had a room big enough for everyone. I only have three kids, but the house we live in has tiny rooms. Gotta love the 50's homes!

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  105. it does seem brilliant for what you need right now...

    and, I could see where your youngest would feel safe in there with all of his brothers and sisters!!

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  106. I love this! My parents did this in our house with myself and four sisters. It was rough at first but we grew to love spending time in there all together. And the room is super cute btw.

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  107. Hey! Just wanted to let you know I linked to your post in my Friday 5 this week:

    http://worksofanselm.blogspot.com/2011/09/friday-5.html

    Thanks again for this glimpse into how you keep everything organized!!

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  108. the organization & set-up is awesome! and i love that you included a "real-life" photo, as well. :))

    my question is, as the children get older, will they still all share a room? what adjustments will you make?

    such an inspiring room!!!!

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  109. I am absolutely in love with their room! It's so bright and cheery. Aw, I remember listening to Adventures in Odyssey when I was going to bed, haha. Love the little schedule, such a great idea.

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  110. Just stumbled upon your blog! love it... and LOVE the kids room. Great idea.

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  111. I love this idea! With 3 girls & 1 boy, I wasn't sure if we would put them all together. Our girls love sharing a room & our boy sometimes feels left out. Even though our rooms are small, maybe this could work. Thank you for sharing!

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  112. cute clothespin chart!
    AND brilliant use of space!
    everything looks adorable.
    i bet the kiddos adore it. i shared a room, much smaller, with a sister and two brothers for quite some time. solid gold memories!

    xo

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  113. LOVE the whose turn is it sign!! and your blog, for that matter ;)

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  114. I love your blog! Your children are beautiful! This is a great idea.

    New follower from GFC!

    Come visit us at http://photographernaturally.blogspot.com

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  115. I love this idea! I only have 3 children but we do "unofficially" all share a room...parents included. I would love to make it official but haven't the courage yet. I love the closeness it gives the children and the family. That bond is so important and it is so lacking in so many families. Well done for making it a reality:)

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  116. What great parents you are, to give up the master :) Not sure I'd be so willing but it def makes more sense in so many ways!
    Also, I LOVE the clothespin 'whose turn is it'. Why didn't I think of that when mine were little?

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  117. Adventures in Odeyssey was ALWAYS a bedtime routine for me growing up...fond, fond memories!

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  118. What color paint is on the walls? I love it

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  119. megan, it's a mixture of different colors. the main color (on the boys side) is a blue-ish gray...i can't remember the exact color though as we painted it about 3 years ago.
    the gray on the girls wall is black and white mixed together to make gray--and then their other wall is a blue, that i mixed white with to make a lighter blue.
    told you it was a mixture!

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  120. Okay, well I love it! Our master bedroom needs some revamping, and gray is what I want! Just came across your blog from oh so lovely! Actually made the burlap wreath for my door. Enjoy reading about your family!

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  121. Did you make the girls' name wall hanging? I am super interested in how you hung the letters without the little clips showing and what did you use to mount the string and what string you used...basically I'd be interesting in a tutorial. :) I've been looking around the net and yours is by far the favorite thing I've seen. Any tips? You also have given me great inspiration. I've got 3 boys sharing in one huge basement room (ages 5, 3, 1) and have been trying to find ways to decorate. Thanks!

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  122. some people might think that giving up a master bedroom for the children is crazy but lady you have made this work...it's beautiful and organized also...love it!

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  123. I think this was an awesome idea! I love all that you did to the room! It looks great! I wanted to move my son and daughter into the same room in order to make more space and area for play/toys but so many people were against it.

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  124. I am a mom of 7 (all adopted) and I did the same thing in one our older homes. We are a family of 9 and we live in a small house (1400 sq feet) with ONE bathroom. But like you we have more than most and wouldn't trade our life for anything.

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  125. Brilliant idea!!! Makes so much sense!

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  126. My husband and I recently gave up our room when we were pregnant with our 2nd child. Like you, it just seemed to make sense. We will start homeschooling in the fall and the setup is just perfect. We weren't making use of the room's full potential anyway. Lol! I'm glad I ran across your blog, and I'm glad you love Jesus (smile).

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  127. Love it! thanks for being an inspiration I fell on to your blog by accident and just what i needed..God is good!
    thanks

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  128. This room looks so fun!

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  129. Our 19 month old still shares a room with us which means we share a closet (her room is upstairs and on the opposite side of the house) and it is wonderful!

    Also, our bedroom is the same color as your kids new room, I LOVE IT!

    And finally, I think it is wonderful that you sacrificed your big room for your children, that is (sadly) not something everyone would be willing to do.

    God bless.

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  130. I just discovered your blog today and wanted to let you know how much I love this post.We have 7 kiddos and even though we have 2 boys that share,two girls that share and 3 little boys that share,most nights you can find them all asleep on either our big bed or their older brothers.My 18 year old actually came to me the other night and thanked me for giving him lots of siblings because our house is never boring,lol.

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  131. hi! love this - we live in a small 2 bedroom home with 2 kids (but hope for more) and some people can't believe our kids share a room. i'm not sure when it became a necessity for each child to have their own room. we hope for more space down the road but for now this is home. your post really helped remind me that we do have "enough". in fact i shared this with my husband and we are already thinking of switching rooms with the kids! :)

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  132. Genius idea! PS new follower and absolutely loving your blog :) Thanks for sharing! Feel free to pop by and say hi over at my new'ish blog :)

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  133. This is excellent! Love everything about it. :)

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  134. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! We are grandparents raising our adopted 10 year old daughter and now 4 granddaughters ages 1 1/2 to 7. Space is also an issue in our home with 7 of us and 3 bedrooms. One tip that I came up with that I love...we took a loft bed for one (from Walmart) and turned it into a bed for three by adding two twin mattress to the bottom bed coming out from the underneath the loft...side by side. I can share a photo if interested for when baby arrives and is ready for his own bed!

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  135. Love your post. My five girls also share a room and I can second that putting things away in one area is a wonderful time saver. My girls learn to work together, clean together and pray together. I love it. I also love your chart system. My girls have a day for praying, but that was it and left fights for the many other areas. I always asked whose turn it was to pray and that person would choose everything. I think your system makes it more fair and fun for all! Thanks for sharing, as I will be adopting it.

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  136. You are an amazing mom! AWESOME thinking in getting things arranged to suit your family. I'm so impressed!

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  137. You are lucky to have a big room Im a teenager and I share a room with 4 girls I have no privacy do you have any ideas to make the small room less crowded

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  138. Great idea! How is the transition going for you guys in the smaller room? I tried to talk my husband into to this so the boys would have a toy area. It was a no go :) We did not really have a need for them to have a bigger space though. So I did not really think it would work. I just like to throw crazy ideas out there. Our rooms are pretty tiny so our bed would be pretty much the only thing that would fit :) I think it would be cozy. HA!

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  139. Just stumbled across this from a link on 'under the sycamore' ... what a great idea! And the room looks so cute.

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  140. we live in a trailer and have we have 3 girls and a boy in a room trying to make room for them and there is none need help

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  141. We live in a small trailer with 4 children in one bed room

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  142. I realize this is an old post, but I just wanted to say: thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    While looking for something completely unrelated on Pinterest, I stumbled upon this. And, oh my gosh, talk about a lightbulb moment! My husband & I have all of our workout equipment in our master bedroom, plus a giant storage piece full of our homeschool items plus, y'know, all the other things that are actually supposed to be in a master. And though there's plenty of room for all of it, we both talk about how much we really want a separate workout space all the time. Then, by the grace of God, I saw this and realized: DUH! Put our three in our master & have the two hall bedrooms to use as our room & a workout space. I'm starting on this pronto. Well, after buying paint this weekend anyway My husband might be okay with trading spaces but he's definitely not okay with moving into our daughters' lavender & pink room. Lol.

    So, seriously, thank you!

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  143. what is the paint color of this room??

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  144. whats the paint color of this room?

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