++If you missed the intro to my Living Small Series you can find it here. ++
I’d say the number one question we get asked about our little home is…
“Where do you all sleep!?”
We went back and forth on sleeping arrangements.
Debating whether or not we should divide the kids up between the two rooms.
Which would mean us sleeping on a pull out couch.
That idea died pretty quickly 🙂
We ended up with Eloise sleeping in our room and the big three sharing a room.
It truly works beautifully for our family.
My kids are all fairly solid sleepers.
The big three go to bed at the same time which makes bedtime fairly easy.
Is it chaotic at times?
But it’s quickly become the new normal to them.
For naptimes I divide them up a little bit.
Emma and Cade nap in the same room.
Colt naps in our room.
And Eloise naps on the couch.
And as they grow a little older I will probably rotate things around a little bit.
We ended up purchasing a used bunk bed to create more room for playing.
It was a red metal bunk bed that I got with two brand new mattresses for a steal of a price!
Except I’m not a huge fan of red.
So we spray painted it and now the paint is slowly rubbing off:/
I began to wrap it in yarn only to discover that the yarn became yucky looking really fast.
So…if you have any great ideas about how I can redo the bed let me know!
I’m thinking maybe a few rolls of washi tape over the red parts would look cute!
Back to the bedding situation.
Cade was initially in a crib and Eloise was in a cradle when we moved back into this house.
Eventually she outgrew her cradle and needed the crib.
Which meant that Cade needed a new bedding solution.
Once the crib was moved out of the room I loved the space that it left.
So we opted to buy him a comfy crib mattress to use “trundle style” under the kids beds.
It works perfectly!
We pull it out at night and push it back under in the morning.
I wanted an inexpensive option for tying the looks of the bunk beds together.
I found a King Size quilt in the clearance at Target.
I cut it down the middle and stitched up the cut ends.
Then gave each of the big kids their own quilt that fit perfectly onto their bed!
I think I paid $20 for the quilt.
One of the things that was important to me was that the bigger kids feel like they have their own space.
A little area where they could retreat to and that they could call their own.
Because obviously living in a small home we all share everything.
And we’re always in each other’s space.
So my desire was to create their beds to be their own little sanctuary.
On the other side of the room is their play area.
Let’s talk toys.
I have found that the more toys my kids have the less they play with them.
They forget what there is…the pieces get scattered…they simply do not take care of them.
Less is best in the toy department at our house.
I have yet to have anyone complain that they don’t have enough toys 🙂
We’re big on imaginative play over here.
My kids get the most play out of their costumes and masks.
This is half of their toys… the other half goes in little bins on the other side of the wall.
So there you have it!
If you have any questions leave them below and I’ll address them all on Friday!