My two older boys are very close in age. So, it seemed like a given that when the new baby arrived they would share a room. We had them share a room for a brief time when they were younger but that ended up being extremely difficult. I have found now though that with them being in a new season of childhood this transition has been much easier.
I wanted to make them feel special, so before moving them in together we completely updated the room into more of a “big boy” space. I wanted a room that would grow with them, but also one that they felt comfortable in now.
I brought them along for a lot of the décor shopping. They picked out a few pieces and then I went from there. The room is very neutral. That seems to be the theme throughout my whole home, a rustic neutral. It’s calming and the light green/grey wall color is actually very soothing (which is good for my very energetic six and seven year old).
A lot of the pieces were redone by me. The dresser was a craigslist find that I painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The desk and bench are something given to us by my in-laws and I just stained and painted them.
I put together a workstation for the boys because homework is quite a challenge with my oldest. I wanted to give him a special place that made him actually want to sit down and work.
I have found that with having two boys in the same room the amount of “stuff” increases (common sense right!?) Well, I hate clutter. So, when we moved them in together I did a big toy purge. I then went through the closet and shoes and did the same there. The key to keeping the clutter to a minimum is to organize. I have a specific place for all their toys. They are separated into baskets. I also trained the boys early on to keep their stuff organized, I couldn’t recommend doing that more to mamas of little ones. The jars are also a lifesaver. I separated all the pencils, crayons, markers, and chalk out so they could be easily accessed. Again, everything just has to have its place.
I love this room, and the little guys that live in it love it even more.
*Clipboard prints were free printables I found on Pinterest (found here)
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