Multiple Kids Sharing One Bedroom — Six Tips that Actually Make It Work!

Multiple kids sharing one bedroom?

Ack!!

Can that actually work?!

Without daily fights, skirmishes and ever-flowing, emotionally-charged drama?

I think it can.

Do you have multiple kids in one bedroom? Here are six QUICK tips that will make it work!

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?

Will it?

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!)

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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!

  • Do you have multiple kids in one bedroom? Here are six QUICK tips that will make it work!

  • 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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13 thoughts on “Multiple Kids Sharing One Bedroom — Six Tips that Actually Make It Work!”

  1. Great idea on assigning different jobs for cleaning the room! I have been trying to figure out what to do about that. I also have been staying in the room for nap and bedtime for 15-20 minutes since they started sharing because if I don’t I am constantly running back upstairs to quiet them or lay one back down it is just so much easier staying in there for those few minutes. Thanks for the idea.

  2. I love the idea of assigning different chores in the room (another post topic, perhaps? :) Cleaning together without arguing…) :)
    great post, as always.

  3. Our oldest three share a room, and like yours, they love it and have grown closer because of it. We don’t have enough space for a family closet yet, so they have to share a dresser. I’ve used Ikea skubb organizational bins to make sure that all of their clothes actually fit into their assigned drawers. (I blogged about it with pictures here: http://www.everythingtosomeone.com/2013/10/21/organizing-kids-clothes/) Otherwise, it sounds like our methods are pretty similar to yours!

  4. Patricia Wyman

    My daughters had separate rooms but they were always sneaking into the others to sleep so I decided they can share a room and have the other room for toys. It has not been working so well. They fight and make huge messes and no one wants to clean without saying the other isn’t doing anything. I love these tips and will start using them immediately. Thank you for posting this and saving my sanity!

  5. Do you have a recommended age for sharing rooms? I have two girls, 1 & 3, and I would love for them to share a bedroom so I can make the other a playroom (our house is very small). I wonder if they are two young to share a room though, would it cause more issues with sleep than it is worth? Any thoughts?

    1. I would also love to hear thoughts on this. We’re downsizing homes and will be rooming our son and daughter together. Right now aged 3 and 8 months. Should be interesting…

      1. My daughters (2.8yrs and 7 months) have been room sharing for the past 6 weeks. So far, so good. Most nights they go to bed at the same time. My eldest was in the habit of talking to her bed toys for a good hour before she would go to sleep but as soon as the baby went into her room she stopped this and goes to sleep much quicker. She has adjusted really well to sharing her room and I hope it continues to work this well :).

      2. Our oldest 2 are 16 months apart, sharing a room since #2 was born. They are never too young to share a room, and imo, the younger, the better, so they get used to it! We now have 3 girls sharing a room (ages 11, 10, and 8), and our 5yo son is about to get a roommate. Glad he’s excited! :-P

  6. Got any tips on room sharing where one kid recently was moved from a crib to toddler bed? My kids have room shared over a year but my youngest decided a crib could not confind her and climbed out. Not going well at all.

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