Inspired by a new little blessing coming into our lives this winter and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up , Kevin and I moved Little L into the bedroom with his sisters and did a surprise room redo for them. I wish I had some before pictures (oh the clutter and mess!) but below is what it looks like now. The room is small (and a bit dark) and I do not own a wide angle lens so I apologize that I was not able to get a full room shot. I hope the tour helps to make sense of it a bit.
Their shelf right next to the doorway Guardian angels hanging from their light Toadstool decal by their door
K's very special fairy bank kept high up on the dresser out of little brother's reach. It was made by our dear friends' Grandma and given to K on her 9th birthday. It holds all the money the children are saving for a trip back to Oregon to see those dearest friends. Little L's dresser drawer filled with his tops and pants (organized into shark and no-shark categories because that's what is important, right?!). Konmari style folding. The girls' fabric buckets wait empty between the dresser and closet for whatever treasure and projects they wish to put in them.
I work hard to make our home feel safe and comforting for our children. I want them to feel like it's as much their home as it is ours. I wanted to make sure that their bedroom especially embraced this feeling. Each child has their own special place that is just their own but they are still together. I love how that works out. We gave K the top bunk on the new bunk beds because we felt she needed the ability to get away (L is not allowed on the top bunk and C is only allowed by K's invite). The nine year change has brought about more of a desire to have time alone so we want to respect that and teach her siblings to do the same.
Kevin made the children's bookshelves that hang by their beds. I could not be happier with them. He is not a woodworker at all but took to the challenge when I begged and pleaded for him to try to make them. They were inspired by these ones that my friend Ginny has up in her home. Her husband made them for her (Ginny, tell him he is a genius. We love them!)
The walls of their room seem too blank and white. I would love to have lazured their walls like I did in our Oregon house but since this is a rental and we only have 2 years left, I thought it best to just wait until the next move.
I still have a few small details I want to add but for the most part the room is done. I am hopeful that following the Konmari method will help keep the room clean and clutter free. I plan on doing the same to the rest of the house in the weeks to follow.
So, you are probably wondering if they liked their new room, right? Well, just see for yourselves!
The big reveal:
The answer is an overwhelming YES! They love it. They have been spending every free moment they have in it. K is constantly asking me if she can go to her room to read some books in bed. I am happy (and relieved) that they like it so much.
- Hedgehog wall decal from Imagine Childhood
- Air purifying Himalayan salt lamp from here
- Wool name banners from this amazing lady
- The girls' quilt from this shop (Little L's shark quilt was a lucky EBay find).
- Wooden dresser (safely anchored to the wall) from Ikea.