February 28, 2018 at 4:34 pm #254
Let’s share some ways we’ve made large families and bedrooms work!
For example, years ago my husband and I gave the master bedroom over to our sons, because they outnumbered us. We’re in a 3 bedroom home for the 12 of us. As we added more and more sons we discovered triple bunk beds. We have two triple bunk beds (holds 6 boys!) and a toddler bed in their room so all 7 sons are together. The two oldest girls share the smallest bedroom with a bunk bed. The newborn baby girl is in the room with my husband and I.
Another idea: Minimal toys available. Not that we don’t own a decently large amount of toys, but we keep them in labeled bins in the attic and only have out a small amount of toys at any one time. We exchange bins of toys every few weeks or once a month.February 28, 2018 at 11:10 pm #262
I totally agree with the master bedroom idea. My husband and I were recently discussing moving and we agreed that if we found one of those houses with a master bedroom (which is usually the size of 2 or 3 bedrooms! LOL) we would have our 4 daughters share it. It just doesn’t make sense logistically for our family to have only 2 people in there.March 14, 2018 at 4:47 am #291
We are a family of 9 and just moved into a 550 square foot home. So in preparing for that we thought a LOT about how to make this work. In the kids bedroom there are two sets of triple bunk beds with bookshelves within each bunk. This is where they store all their personal belongings and special toys. All other toys went into bins for a rotation system. The bins (besides the one in current use) are stored in our little shed. My husband and I share the loft space with our 6 month old…and he will eventually share a bed with his (currently 2 year old) brother. We’ve never had kids share a bed before but according to the great grandparents this was “the way it was!” way back then 🙂
Our kids are young (the oldest is only 11) so for now this arrangement works!
Before we lived in this tiny house we had a boys room, girls room and baby nursery. And eventually (once we move to the larger house that is our future goal) this is the plan we will return to.March 14, 2018 at 6:35 pm #295
We only have 4 kiddos, but in our family and circle of friends that is A LOT! We are His vessels and if He’d like for us to have more we welcome them with open arms. Right now the 3 kids share a bedroom with bunk bed and trundle. The newborn sleeps with us. We have a large play/school room. With 2 boys and 2 girls, we plan to have a divider and 2 sets of bunk beds in the future. Turn their current bedroom into a study/library room.
I like the idea of cycling their toys. Thanks for sharing!
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