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3 kids and a 2 bedroom house--what would you do?

Posted by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 7:29 PM
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We are expecting, again!  We already have an 8 year old daughter and 4 year old son, plus 3 little angels in Heaven.  I know that my risk for miscarriage is even higher this time, but I am seeing a specialist and am hopeful.  In the mean time,  I am starting to plan.

We live in a 2 bedroom, 700 sq foot lake home.  Space is already at a premium.  There is no basement, extremely small closets and not a real option to expand at this point.  We bought the house 7.5 years ago at the height of the market in the hope of remodelling and "flipping" it to make money to buy a bigger house.  However, unemployment, family illness, falling prices and rising costs have created a perfect storm that has kept us here 6 years long than orginally planned.

I am wondering if anyone has any advice, ideas, or ingenuity.  We are looking into building a classroom/playroom in the back yard to alleviate some of the pressure.  I really want one of those "guest room" sheds for that.  We are exploring the options still. My daughter is starting to look for more privacy and that would be impossible with 3 kids in a room.  We have no dining room or play room, so converting a room is not an option.  There are 2 bedrooms, an eat in kitchen, small bath, and famiy room.

Thanks for any ideas.

by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 7:29 PM
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rowansmum
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM
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Pinterest is your friend! Privacy doesn't always mean own room necessarily. Any way you could do each kid a seperate garden to be their private space?
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viasacra18
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 7:38 PM
Try IKEA too they have tons of beds and cool ideas for small spaces..like our daughter and son share a room our son has loft bed and he has so much room under it to play and our daughter is still in a crib and our youngest Two months old sleeps in our room for now till we move! Good luck
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kirbymom
by Sonja on Dec. 10, 2012 at 8:11 PM

You can also do plain room dividers and then decorate them yourself. Are you able to do a bunk bed set?  

I have to combine kids in rooms myself, so I truly understand where you are coming from. We have been in a very similar situation.   

Quoting rowansmum:

Pinterest is your friend! Privacy doesn't always mean own room necessarily. Any way you could do each kid a seperate garden to be their private space?


  

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kirbymom
by Sonja on Dec. 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

BTW ~ Welcome to the group. :)   

Emschick38
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 8:43 PM
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When I was little my mom took the biggest room we had, a large wall unit/tv shelf, and a bunk bed to turn it into two rooms. She put a wall of plywood (or partical board) from the top bunk up to the ceiling, and on the opposit side from the top bunk to the bottom. My brother had the top bunk and one side of the room and I had the bottom and the other side. at 8 and 4 they could still share a room for a few more years if they each have a special place. Someplace where brother/sister cant touch. We had special sweater boxes that were labeled for each kid, decorated by themselves, and only they were allowed to touch it and the stuff inside.

The new baby will be fine in your room with a small crib. And my greatest suggestion is to minimize what baby "needs." 

usmom3
by BJ on Dec. 10, 2012 at 9:11 PM
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I like a lot of the other ladies suggestions about having the older 2 share a room & have the baby in with you until you can move or add on.

MethodMom
by Member on Dec. 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM

I have 3 in a 2 bedroom. My baby sleeps in the room with me. 

lifesadream83
by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 1:45 AM


Quoting viasacra18:

Try IKEA too they have tons of beds and cool ideas for small spaces..like our daughter and son share a room our son has loft bed and he has so much room under it to play and our daughter is still in a crib and our youngest Two months old sleeps in our room for now till we move! Good luck

I would suggest giving the kids the larger of the two rooms and If you have enough floor space in the bedroom for each to have their own beds then maybe look at Ikea (or if hubby is handy) they have some awesome loft beds that you could use putting the oldest up top.  Maybe hang a curtain around it and she would have some recreational space of her own under it for a soft chair book case/desk etc.


 I had a similar issue with space.  Our house that we are currently renting out right but will be moving back into in a year and a half is only 1008 sq ft.  With two small bedrooms and a 1/2 bath upstairs (cape cod so short ceilings too)  and a full bath small bedroom (used as playroom), living room, dining room and kitchen on the main level.  We did & will have the play room back again so that is nice.  We basically use the upstairs spaces for sleeping and getting dressed only.  We also bought right around the same time as you so I totally know what you are going through.  I do have less children but space becomes a commodity as they get bigger and their numbers grow.  

CrimsonRadiance
by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 1:53 AM
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If you know anyone handy that could build it for you... This would be perfect. Maybe even make the bottom bunk into a trundle so baby would be able to sleep there when older. Tour older DD could put a curtain up in the top, and it is like her own space and privacy.
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Boobah
by Nikki :) on Dec. 11, 2012 at 7:49 AM
I was going to say that you could keep baby in your room for a year or so if needed.

Quoting MethodMom:

I have 3 in a 2 bedroom. My baby sleeps in the room with me. 

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