sharing a room

April 30, 2009 |  Category:   home


We made the decision a while back that Claudine would move into Mia’s room sometime this summer and that we would get bunk beds. Mia’s pretty excited about the bunk beds, but I’m not sure she fully understands the implications of what it means to share her room with her sister. Honestly, if we didn’t have all this stuff from our business to contend with, I think we’d leave things as is since Mia enjoys her privacy and sometimes shuts her door so that she can play by herself in peace. But being that we have boxes, ribbon, packing supplies, labels, etc. etc. stored and tucked into every single available crevice in the apartment, I think it’s time. Most people are amazed that the evidence of the business isn’t very obvious when they come over (we hide things very well), but I don’t enjoy sleeping over flat packing boxes stored under my bed. As you can guess, this storage dilemma has really tested the nerves of my OCD tendencies.

So aside from having to make decisions about redecorating Mia’s room to accommodate both girls, I’m really looking forward to having a dedicated space in which to store all our packaging materials and act as our shipping center. I’m fantasizing about flat drawers for storing our wrapping papers instead of having them rolled up and tucked in between the wall and a dresser, and little compartments for all our labels and ribbons, something like this (by the way, doesn’t the price tag seem a little expensive for Ikea, or is it me??) instead of having them stored in separate little boxes that we can never seem to find again. We’ll also store our printers, shipping scale and labelwriter in this room because if it’s one thing that I hate, it’s having to stare at printers and cables when I’m sitting in bed. The other great thing about this move? We won’t have to sneak into either of the girls’ rooms at night while they’re asleep if we forget to take a shipping or gift box from under their beds or closets before bedtime (one of any parent’s worst nightmares…sneaking into the room of a sleeping child, then having the child stare back at you with open eyes while trying to be all stealth about retrieving something from under the crib).

So as you can see, it’s a win-win situation for all. I figure by the time the girls are old enough to want their own rooms again, we’ll have our own space for the business stuff outside the home (I wish I, hope, I pray…)

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  • Amy April 30, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Have you chosen a bunk bed set yet? I know you were posting some over on BabyGadget, but not sure if you ever picked one.

  • Lani April 30, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    I like the storage unit! I can think of 2 places I could really use this kind of thing and would be glad to pay the money if I could only decide where I’m going to live forever. (Yes, it does seem a little high for Ikea, but I think the price goes up with every drawer.)

  • Joni April 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Avoid Ikea. Many pieces are overpriced to compensate for the lower priced items. It’s a neat marketing trick. Go shopping around your neighborhood garage sales, flea markets, etc. There is a LOT of furniture out there that people want to unload for very little cash.

  • Jenna April 30, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Amy, I haven’t picked one out yet. I need one with storage since I want to get rid of any dressers (it’s not a big room). All the ones that I want are so expensive.

  • cindy April 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I love her bedding! So cute… do they make it for adults? hehee… I hope you post pictures of your office/shipping/business room.

  • unha April 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    yeah. furniture especially that has many drawer unit, no ikea. speaking from experience..

  • Yolande April 30, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I love that pillow… and Claudine is just soooo adorable.

  • selkie April 30, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I too long for flat file drawers for storing drawing paper and drawings. Let us know what you find for storing papers flat and not rolling them! I hear bad things about quality of Ikea. I myself have my eye on an antique “map filing cabinet” that has wonderful flat skinny drawers.

  • amq April 30, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    i highly recommend that ikea unit! i have something else from that series in my kitchen and, unlike most ikea furniture, it is solid wood and has a really good weight. its very sturdy and quite beautiful–totally worth the kinda-high-for-ikea price.

  • Gabriel May 1, 2009 at 12:05 am

    try to get a used ikea unit for less on craigslist. it will take a little longer but it will also come assembled already. i just did a search on the “for sale” section with “varde” and came up with a few items already. not the exact one you need but someone out there has it and wants to get rid of. i got 2 ikea cabinets this way and $aved on money and the frustration of assembly…

  • Brenda May 1, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Claudine is so adorable. I forget that she’s just a wee toddler – she always seems grown up in her photos and your tales about her. 🙂

  • jennifer May 1, 2009 at 6:44 am

    My sisters and I shared a room from a very young age. We had a bunk with a trundle, three dressers for each of our our clothes and two closets for our toys and other belongings. Being in the same room taught us many life lessons: sharing, compromising and communication. Even though we had some pretty intense knock-down, drag-out fights growing up – we are very close today. Good luck with the move!

  • shelley May 1, 2009 at 9:54 am

    My daughters are two years apart and share a bedroom. Sure they fight over space and toys sometimes, but the other night I checked on them and Julia, my oldest, had snuck into bed with Elise. They were whispering and spooning each other. It was the cutest thing ever!

  • jean May 1, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    what about “metro” shelves? I have some and eventually would like to line the wall with it and cover that whole wall of shelves with nice curtains when I’m not working. This way there will be flexibility.