Sharing a room with your sibling is part of growing up for many people. It can be a challenge getting your children to share, between organizational questions and managing disagreements. Here are some ways to make your children’s bedroom work, no matter their age or the size of your home.
1. Create Organized Clothing Storage
Kids are constantly going through clothing. Parents spend an average of $257 on clothes when it’s time to return to school, and that’s just once a year. That figure also doesn’t include buying apparel during growth spurts.
Your kids will have twice the clothes in one room and continue adding to their collection as the years pass. Make it easier for them to share their space by giving them organizational tools. They could have assigned dresser drawers, color-coded hangers or plastic closet drawers labeled with their names. Their clothes may not stay organized for long, but they’ll know which spaces to claim when it’s time to put their laundry away. You’ll also want to regularly go through their clothes to see if you can donate anything they’ve outgrown.
2. Create a Neutral Base
Decorating is a challenge for siblings sharing a room, especially if they have wildly different interests. If one kid gets more say than the other, it can feel isolating to the other.
Before you make any decisions about how you’ll decorate, consider starting with a neutral base for the room. A neutral paint color can provide a calming base that will go with anything else you choose to put in the room. You can then let each child pick posters and wall decor to put up on their side to reflect their personalities.
Some parents may consider painting the walls two different colors to appease each child. While that can be fun, it can create a visually overwhelming space. Additionally, if your children move to separate rooms or start sharing with a different sibling, they may ask to repaint and start the process all over. Starting with white and adding removable pops of color can be much easier to manage.
3. Establish Rules
When your kids share a room, fights are bound to break out. Siblings might steal each other’s clothes, lock each other out, or make a mess on the other’s side of the room. While these arguments can be expected, you can help reduce them by setting some ground rules. You might disable the lock on the door to avoid someone hogging the room. Create a label system for toys and clothes. You can also set quiet hours so when one child is doing homework or taking a nap, the other won’t be disturbing them.
It can also help to give your child other spaces in the house so they aren’t confined to their room all the time. If one child wants to do a puzzle that might take up a lot of floor space, let them do it in the living room so they don’t take up the whole bedroom. Encourage the kids to go outside or hang out in the family room so they’re not constantly on top of each other.
4. Choose Personalized Decor
Picking out decorations can make your kids more excited about their shared space. If you’ve decided to paint the room a neutral color, you can now move on to posters, artwork, decals and other fun pieces for the walls. You may consider limiting each child to two or three pieces to put on their walls. That way, you can make sure they don’t run out of room and fight over who gets to use the last bit of wall space.
Aside from wall decor, you can let your kids choose their bedding, as well as small area rugs or throw pillows to put on their side of the room.
5. Sort Their Toys
An organizing tool is essential if your children are still young enough to play with toys. Their things may spend more time on the floor than anywhere else, but they’ll need individual places to keep everything when it’s time to clean up.
Give your kids ownership of their room by getting a cube bookshelf with baskets for their things. Each child should have their own space, whether that be separate shelves to hold their toys or bins labeled with their names. That way, you can avoid any fights over whose toy is whose.
6. Invest in Multipurpose Furniture
Multipurpose furniture is a game changer for siblings sharing a room. A trundle bed could hide one of their mattresses and give them more floor space for playtime. They could also have a decorative ottoman that serves as both a place to sit and storage.
The average U.S. consumer spent $344 on furniture in 2022, but you don’t need a big budget to uplift your kids’ bedroom. Check local thrift stores, virtual marketplaces and brand stores hosting holiday clearance sales to find what you need at the best price for your family’s needs.
Make Sharing a Room More Fun
Sharing a bedroom between siblings can lead to some drama, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. By keeping things organized, letting the kids choose some decorations, and setting some rules, you can help your kids share a room in peace.
About The Author
Cora Gold is a mother and writer who aims to connect with other moms through her experiences with navigating motherhood. Cora is the Editor-in-Chief of Revivalist magazine and writes for sites including For Every Mom, MommyBites and Playground Professionals. When she’s not writing about style and beauty for her magazine, Revivalist, she loves to share her experience with family life. Follow Cora on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.