Welcome to the Kid and Little Miss's new room!
Without going into way more angst than you want to hear, we've been stewing about this for several months now. We love our neighborhood, but our house is two bedrooms and we can't really afford to add-on until we get at least one of these wee urchins out of daycare.
But--even given the smallness--our space wasn't working for us. Sweet Husband and I really needed our room back. Little Miss wasn't sleeping well in her crib. And the Kid just didn't want to sleep alone when everyone else was sleeping together.
Solution? We swapped rooms. We put the children in the bigger bedroom, and we took the smaller. We also purged about 12 trash bags of stuff, and even sold some furniture. (We had four of the same Mickey Mouse stuffed animal. I can't even.)
Someday, I may show you our room--which is super calming and sparse right now, with all of the kids' stuff out of it--but for today, here are the children's new sleeping-and-playing quarters.
First, Little Miss's corner. The quilt is just one from my stash--although her "official" one is progressing nicely--and the pillow sham is from Target. My old "Sleepy Time" pup is watching over her from a spray painted IKEA spice rack, turned upside down.
Because Little Miss is still small, we have a pair of pool noodles that are normally tucked under the fitted sheet to help keep her in bed, as well as a big body pillow on the floor for a soft landing in case she were to fall. So far, she's sleeping a million times better than she was in her crib, where she kept knocking into the rails and waking herself up.
On to the Kid's corner! His quilt is, of course, mama made. And his orange pillow and other bedding is from IKEA. The globe pillow is from Montessori Services, and the little art rack to the side is actually a thing normally used in restaurants to hold order tickets.
As I said, most of his art (the Campbell's Soup Warhol print and the little guitar-playing chicken) is old, but we did spring for the faux-taxidermied dinosaur head. Because, well...I think it's self-explanatory, right?
And now let's take a brief interlude to talk about storage.
We purposely bought beds with drawers underneath, so that we could avoid taking up space with a dresser. We saved the rack that used to hang above our changing table so that we could hang stuff from the wall. I scoured the internet for bins that would fit in the exactly eight-inch space between the end of the Kid's bed and the wall. I found a big basket that would hold all of their stuffed animals in one place.
But there's only one Mickey Mouse in that basket.
And that last part? That's the big one. Small house = always thinking about smarter storage. But, part of being smart about storage for me, also means not storing or taking up space with things that aren't valued or played with. So, in addition to taking advantage of every nook and cranny, we also pared down, too.
The funny thing? With the exception of one thing--which is still in the basement and we've agreed to renegotiate in a month if he's still missing it then--the Kid didn't even notice.
But onward, ho! On the wall opposite the beds, we have some maps (recycled from his old room) for my geography lover, and a pair of cabinets repurposed from our hallway (an older model of these).
The Kid's toys are on the left, Little Miss's are on the right--all's fair and square! (There are also two toy bins in the closet--one for trains, one for legos.)
The photo is one of my favorites of the two of them (printed as a standout, again from Mpix). I know it looks a little small on that wall, but I left the space on purpose so that I can continue to fill it with photos of the two of them together as they grow.
Of course, Wild Bill Gecko has his own corner, too.
But, I think my favorite corner is this one.
Our last repurposed cabinet from the hallway got turned into the bookshelf. Little Miss's board books are on the bottom, and the Kid's books are up top where they are (a little) less tempting for her. A tall basket keeps the light sabers within easy reach, and we found a perfect nook for Little Miss's changing pad when it's not in use.
On top of the cabinet are all of our diaper changing bits and bobs, as well as this lamp, and each of the kids' music boxes. The framed art is a little paint chip family portrait I made myself, and the antlers are repurposed from the Kid's old room. (They were functional coat hooks, but now they're more for pretty.)
And--ten-thousand words later--that's it! I believe I've covered everything pretty well, but feel free to leave questions about sources, etc., in the comments, and I'll be happy to answer as best I can.
On the whole, I'm loving hanging out with my kiddos in their fresh, new space!