Multiple kids sharing one bedroom?
Can that actually work?!
Without daily fights, skirmishes and ever-flowing, emotionally-charged drama?
I think it can.
I’ve seen it work in our large family.
And my brother has four adorable boys all sharing one, cozy bedroom.
And that works for their family.
But let’s talk about your family.
Could it work?
Let’s dig into some tips that actually work when it comes it several kids sharing one bedroom! (Psst! These tips helped our family live in several different locations — even overseas! Our kids beg to share rooms now!)
Tips that Make Multiple Kids Sharing One Bedroom Actually Work
- Create a “kids closet.”Most people have heard the term “family closet”. This idea is a spin off that method. Creating a “kids closet” ensures wiggle room for beds, play areas and walking space in a bedroom.
How can you make this happen?
Tip for Multiple Kids Sharing One Bedroom — Kids’ Closest!
Choose an additional area or room in your home and keep all clothing, shoes and accessories for kids in that specified room. Toys and books are also kept in that area. That’s a kids’ closet! Think of it: a kids’ bedroom that’s free of clutter. Only pillows, blankets and sleepy-time stuffed animals are allowed in the bedroom at night. This was a game-changer for our big family!
- Give everyone their own personal space. Some families have cute canopies over the kids beds to give them a little bit of privacy — like this bunk bed canopy. My kids actually made their own DIY version with top sheets!They’re total DIY nerds…;0)
Whether you choose canopies or single beds, make sure that every child knows that those specific areas belong to that specific child. This gives each kid a little island of ownership that they can enjoy!
- Assign one bedtime hour for all kids. All of my kids, ages 3-12 go to bed at 8 p.m. There are instances when I let one or two kids stay up for a reward, but overall my kids do best when they all go to bed simultaneously. This helps everyone get their need rest — even in a bedroom with several kids!
- Choose neutral room decor. In the past, my daughter’s room was purple and lavender and accented with lots of cute flowers. My son’s room had firetrucks. Obviously those decor choices don’t work for a brother/sister shared bedroom. When kids of different ages and genders share a room, gender neutral themes are your best pick. Probably my favorite theme to go with is an Americana theme– red, white and blue. It’s simple to work with and there’s always new patriotic decor to snag!
- Assign specific cleaning tasks. Using generalized statements like “Clean your room” is not very effective when multiple children are sharing one bedroom.
But it’s so easy to say those words and walk away, right?
However, typically the effect of those three words is constant bickering among the kids over who makes the bed, who vacuums the carpet etc. However, if you have a kids’ closet, there’s minimal clean-up needed!
Whether you have a kids’ closet or not, giving kids specific cleaning instructions will help fight against constant quarreling and will ensure that everyone lends a helping hand! Switching up tasks weekly also helps avoid monotony in cleaning bedrooms.
- Don’t tuck and run during naps. During nap-time and bedtime, it’s typically much more effective for a parent to stay in the bedroom with the kids for 15-20 minutes. This keeps kids in their beds and guards against kids fussing, tattling or bugging other kids. try it. Fifteen or twenty minutes is a small price to pay for less chaos, less fussing and more peace!
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