Monday, August 30, 2010

Sharing Space

When we got back from vacation a few weeks ago, I took everything except the beds out of my girls room.  Princess Sunshine was still sleeping in our room, and the only way to get her into their room was to get my 2 year old into a bed, so the baby could have the crib.....which meant somehow fitting another bed in their room.  We only have a small 3 bedroom house.  Here's where it gets a little tricky.  We only have one son, who gets his own room, which means there are 5 girls in the other bedroom.  The room is about 10' X 12' which is pretty small for 5 kids, beds, dressers, toys, etc.

So, I decided the easiest way to rearrange was to pull everything out into the living room.  BIG mistake!!!  I got the new bed set up, and I rearranged the furniture for optimal space, but I still haven't had time to go through the toys to see what I'll keep and what I'll get rid of.  So, in my kitchen they sit.  Now that we've started school they may sit there a bit longer.  The longer the kids don't ask for them, the more I just want to get rid of them!  :D  I'm realizing just how little will/would make them happy.  That's been my mission lately.....less is more.  I've been clearing out to make extra room to live.  It's a small house & I'm tired of all the "stuff".

The good thing is, for the most part, they never complain about sharing their space.  They just know that this is the way it is.  Period.  They have space for their own personal things, but they'll never (at least in the present future) have their own room.  

All this is to say, I believe this is why they are so close and get along so well.  They've learned (and are still learning) that it's not just about them.  They do have their moments, but I love listening to them play and include the little ones.  They're even starting to include Princess Sunshine.  Now that she's old enough to be entertained, they will gladly take her for a few minutes while I start dinner, laundry, etc.   

So, expect to see more organizing posts in the weeks to come :)


J. Bramlett said...

I think it is awesome that your kids share rooms. Georgia (our 3 year old) and Miriam (5 years) were sharing a room then we decided to let Georgia share with the baby. Miriam did a complete 180 and kind of became a hermit and very antisocial. So we decided it was a good idea to give up one of our rooms for our classroom and let all of our girls bunk together. It has done WONDERS for Miriam socially. She actually ventures out of her room again when before she was insisting on staying in it and no matter how hard we tried to keep her with us she just ventured back into her little shelter. I think parents with non-SN kids can really take a lesson from SN kids when it comes to sharing a room. I honestly believe that whatever a SN kid needs a normal kid needs as well just not quite on the same level. The kids are def. going to thank you later on! :-)

Homeschooling6 said...

I hear ya, with the space. When we lived in our two bedroom apartment house, we had all six kiddos in a room. It wasn't the most comfortable but the kids did great! No complaining.
We now have a three bedroom house, five boys and one girl. We do have Annette, share a room with two of her brothers. Hopefully in a few years we can purchase a bigger house because she will need her own room soon. I think it's great when sibling have to share.


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