Our house is just your standard middle class house on your typical lot. I think we have about 1850 square feet. By some standards we live in a mansion. Others wonder how we manage to have six kids in the space that we have.
So, this post is about how we use the space that we have.
We have three bedrooms.
The girls all share the front bedroom. I choose to get two twin beds with one having a trundle instead of bunk beds. I believe that bunk beds would make the room feel smaller. It is a bit of a pain to pull the trundle in and out twice a day, but it only takes a few seconds. It's a little tight once everyone is in bed. No one should be getting up and moving around, so it works.
Toys stay in the closet. We actually have a lock on the closet so the littles can't just help themselves. It makes life a whole lot easier to have only one toy out at a time. Sometimes I forget to lock the closet and regret that later.
The girls have clothes hanging in the closet and in the dresser.
The three boys share the middle room. We have bunk beds for the big boys and slide a mattress in and out for Nathaniel. I felt bad for awhile that Nathaniel's bed was just a mattress on the floor, but you do what you have to do.
Alex has a separate wardrobe in the room. Nathaniel and Micah have space in the closet. Most of the toys are on the shelves in the room. The boys room is pretty much off limits to the littles. We learned early on that Micah and Alex needed to be able to have somewhere to go to play with lego or just have some space from little kids. So far this is working well. All of Nathaniel's toys are in the girls' closet. Eventually he will be allowed to have free access to his room. However, he has yet to show us self-control.
Our bedroom is our sanctuary. It's pretty much off limits to all children. Toys are not allowed in it and there is really no reason for them to ever be in there. I think it is important for parents to have some space to themselves!
The bathroom situation is fairly tight, and I suspect we will have trouble later in years. Our bathroom is available to the kids only if theirs is in use. I'm sure it will be tricky when the girls are all older and wanting to get ready at the same time! For now, we are managing.
We have turned our living room into the school room. I love having a place to do the majority of our school. I love my bookcases and the school table.
(Yes, this room needs some decorating help! I love the map, but have nothing else on the walls. Advice welcome!)
This leaves our family room as the only place to really hang out. It starts to feel a bit tight in this space after awhile. The littles love to play in this room. The current toy is always pulled out and played with here. They rarely play in their room. I'm ok with this as long as they clean up, which they do a fairly good job of.
Our last bit of space is the kitchen/eating area. The kitchen isn't very big, but I manage just fine. However, it would be really nice if we had more space for a bigger table. We are pretty tight at meal times. Two chairs are brought in every night for dinner. We have thought about getting a rectangular table with benches. That would probably help, but the table would take up a ton of space in the small area. A new table will be in our future.
We really aren't sure what we will do long term. We could turn the garage into another living space, but that takes a bit of cash: not something we want to invest in right now. We could also sink everything we have into a new and bigger home. Obviously, that wouldn't be a wise financial decision. So, we make do. One thing I have learned is to reduce the amount of stuff we have. There are actually empty cabinets in different rooms! The more kids we have the less we can accumulate.
I almost forgot about our car! We are definitely at maximum capacity there. I truly love my car. This blog post tells the story about our Suburban. It would be nice to have a twelve passenger, but this one is paid for!
|Mae is in the middle of the back seat. All you can see is her head. :)|