As we talked about our new house, one definite was that it was time for the 3 girls to have their own room.
They share a 10X10 room which houses all their clothes, a reading spot, (usually) 3 girls sleeping (though the 22 month old is temporarily sleeping in the play room), and their toy baskets of favorite toys.
I chose some consistent neutrals such as the white furniture (that I hope will stay constant despite their changing tastes.)
They chose their wall colors (though I admit – I got the lightest and most neutrally tinted colors I could convince them of). The psychological effects of colors is a super interesting study, and I wanted calming warm tints in with their color choices for the simple pragmatic reason that they’d be more cheerful!
They also have their fun bedding from grandma and picked their colors on their baskets.
Their clothes all fit in the closet.
- The dresser holds diaper supplies in the top drawer, socks and undergarments in the second drawer and PJs in the bottom drawer.
- The baskets hold their play clothes and shoes
- Their sweatshirts hang on hooks on the side of the dresser and side of the closet
Their favorite toys are in the baskets at the end of their beds and they have to keep their ‘favorite’ toys down in number to fit in the baskets. (Yes, I do have to confiscate the baskets some nights because as I tell them, they are ‘abusing the privilege of having their toys baskets in their beds …”)
Their Own Spaces:
The picture holders above their beds allow them a spot to . (Refer to article on how we made them and cost break-down HERE)
Each girl gets her own favorite toy basket and no one is allowed in anyone else’s bed without her that person’s permission. (Not that that always happens, but we are working on enforcing the right to personal property…)
The two older girls are religious about their favorite colors right now, and the baby pointed to the yellow paper when I gave her a choice of colors – so that’s how we got purple, pink, and yellow.
SISTERS became the main theme because they are all learning to be thankful for each other right now. (Yes. We totally did a ‘photo shoot’ for the pictures in their room. It was a perfect Friday afternoon when we were supposed to be doing other things)
Butterflies because I saw this super cute idea of paper butterflies flying around the room. (Isn’t it CUTE!!??)
And yes…I talked the girls into the themes. If they’d had free reign, they would have picked
‘princesses.’ I feel like one of the hardest things as a parent is to allow them to be themselves while directing them to be more.
They play princesses, make up stories about princesses, save up (usually) for princess dolls, and beg to watch princess movies.(And my kids watch a grand total of 1-2 movies a week so it’s not like they are getting a ton of influence.) I decided that a room that surrounds them with beauty – simply because it’s objectively beautiful and not necessarily magical or royal would be a good reminder that they don’t need to be princesses to be beautiful. I also wanted to play up the beauty of sisterhood, unity, and family love.
The room is usually light filled, and they do spend a lot of time in their. I hope they have a lot of great memories