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Show Us Your House: Boys Shared Bedroom

Roughly 8 months ago we switched the kids bedrooms around…again. It was?a necessity because Mase was ending up in our bed every night, Zoey kept?being awakened by the dog in the neighbor’s backyard and I was tired of dealing with the entire situation. Maia’s room stayed the same, we put Mase and Ty in one room together and Zoey moved into Ty’s old room. It was….exhausting. I kept meaning to get busy and organize all their stuff and I got about half way done before I ran out of steam. Finishing their bedroom has been on my To-Do lst for months and I’m pleased to say that as of today, I am done. Please pass the wine.

Here is a glimpse of what the room looked like before I spent hours slaving in it, plus a bonus picture of the closet just so you get the full?idea of how close to a haz-mat situation we were coming.

My goal was to provide defined spaces for each boy. I wanted them each to have a place for their toys, their books, their clothes, etc. I shared a room with my younger sister for years so I know how important it is for kids to have their own spaces even when they are cramped in a small room.? We purchased an Ikea loft bed for Mase way back before Zoey was born as an incentive for him to sleep in his own bed instead of ours. We decided to use this as a bunkbed?to save space?and bought Ty a thinner Ikea mattress to use underneath the top bunk. Ty was perfectly happy with the bottom bed, mainly because he has an outlet right there to plug in the iPod charger.

I brought the cube shelf up from the family room back when we originally played Musical Bedrooms but everything was just piled on top and inside the cubes. There was no organization at all. I hung the large bulletin board above the cube shelf so Ty had somewhere to display his swimming ribbons and Mase could display his drawings and pictures.? By clearing out some old, outgrown toys I was able to find space for Mase’s chalkboard easel that had been in storage for months. I went through every single toy in the toybox and only the ones that Mase really enjoys were allowed to stay. The rest either got passed down to Zoey (the Little People toys), our nephews (the toolbox set & such) or packed up for Goodwill.

I dug through the yard sale pile we have accumulated over the past few months and found the red canvas bins that used to be in the playroom once upon a time. I knew there was a benefit to being a Hoarder, I just knew it. Each boy has four shelves for their belongings. Mase has two canvas bins that are holding all of his toy cars and all of his trains. He has a shelf for his books and a shelf for his two favorite animals. Ty has two canvas bins that are holding his BeyBlades and stuff and his art supplies. He also has a shelf for his books and a shelf for his miscellaneous stuff. The extra shelf is for their alarm clock.

I could not believe how much stuff I purged out their bedroom. Toys that were missing pieces or were broken, games missing parts, things they stopped playing with a year ago, books they really didn’t care to read. Gah!

After I finished purging and organizing their bedroom, I turned my focus to their closet. I wanted to share the after picture with you since I shared the horrible before. Looks good, doesn’t it? You wouldn’t believe how much stuff I purged out of their closet!

I feel so much better now and I have high hopes that their room will stay at least presentable if not clean. The boys were excited to have their own space and areas for their belongings.

Shared with Kelly’s Korner House Tour.

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  1. DelilahLove says

    It took forever and I could not believe all the stuff I pulled out of there! We were about ready for an episode of Hoarders!

  2. Oh my gosh! That closet organization is immaculate! That must have taken you a lot of work! Good job! ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~Lisha

  3. I’ve seen these Ikea bunkbeds, they are so cute! The room looks amazing! We hope to see you back next week to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” Thanks for coming!! -The Sisters

  4. DelilahLove says

    I know, we really got cheated when we were kids. No Ikea, no Target….talk about deprived upbringings. Haha!

    I love those pictures too. I found them at Target a couple of years ago. They were so hard to find, I had to drive to so many different stores to find both of them!

  5. I love those IKEA bunk beds – I wish those were around when I was little! ๐Ÿ™‚
    The room looks great – definitely made room for both kiddos – and with style!

    By the way, I LOVE those outer space pictures hanging on the wall – adorable!

  6. we’re in the same boat with 2 kids & 1 room – it takes creativity! yours looks great! following from flaunt it friday!
    http://ablessedandblissfullife.blogspot.com

  7. Your house sounds like our house… BUSY! lol Great tips ~ we have twin boys that share a room and pretty much everything else ๐Ÿ˜‰
    xo
    Heather

  8. Great job you did!

  9. Awesome awesome job!! Oh this is inspiring me to get up to my son’s room- espeically while he is gone at school and it is easy to throw things away ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. That looks fabulous! I’m sure they love it! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @ http://www.cheapcraftymama.com- where you can win free ad space on my blog! ALSO I’m hosting a “May House Par-tay” and I would love for you to show this off there!

  11. Wow! It is so cute now. And I am glad to see someone else has an IKEA furniture addiction as much as I do. Thanks for linking up at the UFO challenge!

  12. Looks fantastic! Nicely done. If your at all like I am, it sure feels fantastic to have it more tidy and organized…sometimes it feels like life is more manageable.

  13. Great job, girl!!

  14. Great ideas here! My two boys share a room, so I’ll definitely be looking to incorporate some of your tips. I think we just have too much STUFF!

    Visiting from Sugar Bee Crafts- thanks for sharing!
    Valerie -www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com

  15. that is just terrific! there’s nothing like a good purge ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the bed solution. It has me thinking ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s not necessarily a good thing. Thanks for linking up at the UFO party.

  16. Delilia,

    Great job! I have two shared bedrooms, one for the boys and one for the girls. It’s no small feat to help them keep the rooms clean and organized at times.

    I’m visiting from the Sugar Bee Crafts linky party. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Laura

  17. Looks awesome!!! I gave 2 boys with a really small room. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  18. So put together and organized! Hoping it stays that way for you… I know how boys can be ๐Ÿ˜‰ And that closet…. GREAT job!

    Thanks for linking up at the UFO Party.
    -Joanne

  19. Bravo! Wow! Cheers! Could you come over to my house?

  20. LOVE the closet! Well done!

  21. You did a fantastic job, the room looks so well organised! I really need to get on to purging the toys my twins have, we are sinking in them!

  22. Thanks for the tips and ideas! We are downsizing from a house to an apartment and I need ideas on how to use the most of your space when kids share a room.

    Stopping by from Better Mom Monday!

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    • Love the Ikea furnature! It’s perfect for kids bedrooms. Also, my favorite part of this post: “I knew there was a benefit to being a hoarder. I just knew it!” Hilarious!

      (I’m having tons of trouble signing in under any of your reply as options. Any tips? I’m blogging over at Green Idea Reviews dot com, and found you via Better Mom Mondays. Best! Victoria

  24. I can totally relate! You did GREAT! I need to work a miracle in my boys’ room!!! XO, Aimee

  25. Nice! My two kids share a room and it’s tough because they are different genders! Yikes! Hopefully we’ll be moving soon though so that they have their own rooms. I love Ikea though! They make small spaces seem so much more livable! Did the treasure chest toy box come from there too?

  26. It looks FANTASTIC! I love the way that you made sure that each boy had his own personal space. Could you please come organize my house now?

  27. Wow, this looks so nice! We have two sets of kids sharing bedrooms (1 set of boys 1 set of girls) and it is such a struggle to have their rooms look like anything other than “well, let’s see how much we can cram into this space.” You did a great job!

  28. Good job. I know that’s exhausting. Now that my youngest is 18 and the older 2 moved out, I no longer have to organize my kids rooms and then organize them again and again and again. We had bins and shelves and boxes and I swear I was the only one who ever put the stuff back the way it belonged. But when they are young every couple of months you just have to don the HAZMAT suit and wade in there and get ‘er done! I’m glad those days are behind me now. I hope you have better luck getting it to stay that way. I try to never going in the youngest one’s room now because I don’t understand using the floor for the dirty clothes hamper.

  29. Girl. That closet rocks. I SO wish we had built in shelves in our closets. Would be SUCH a plus with kiddos. I love the colors in the room!! ๐Ÿ™‚