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If you have children who share a room, there does come a time when they will want a space to call their own. It could be when they’re just starting school, or later on and entering their teenage years. They’ll certainly let you know when they’re ready. But if you don’t have the room to give them, what can be done?
This is a bit extreme, but if you’ve previously been thinking about it then now is probably the time. If this is the case, start looking for your ‘forever home’ as soon as you start getting the hint that they’re not comfortable together or tensions are getting high.
Build an Extension
It’s not uncommon now to add another room onto a house to increase its size. You’d be best looking for general contractors to do the work for you rather than taking it on yourself. Although it may cost more money to hire someone, the peace of mind, stress and time you will be saving on is enormous.
Extensions can be quite expensive. But if you are happy where you are and have the cash to put towards something like this, then get the required building permits and go for it.
Convert Another Room
If you have a room downstairs (or even upstairs!) that can be utilized and turned into a new bedroom, then use it. It could be an office or a playroom, or even a garage on the side of the house. If you have space then definitely exploit it.
You could be saving thousands just by making use of something that was already there (the definition of the word frugality). You won’t have all the building work around you or the stress of moving, which is always a bonus. It can be quite an exciting time for your child if they have this option, so get them as involved as you can to make it an easier transition for everyone.
Let Them Keep Sharing A Room
If none of the mentioned options are viable, then you’ll have to make do with what you’ve got. You could try partitioning the room with furniture, or bunk beds to give them a bit more space within their room to share. You can get bunk beds which have a double bed at the bottom and a single on the top which are perfect for those who are ‘outgrowing’ their single (i.e. sees it as a bit too babyish for their liking).
There are also room dividers available to buy to stop the territorial squabbles that may come along with sharing a room. These are usually mesh or slatted wood to allow the light to filter through them.
The one thing that you’ve got to remember throughout all of this is that sharing a room is actually a great bonding experience. Where a lot of life lessons are learned. Be glad that your kids have had this opportunity to spend time together.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.