Monday, September 16, 2019

Room Re-Wrangle

We are coming upon a monumental landmark in our household... it's time to rearrange all the kids into new rooms!!! AHHHHH!

When we moved into our house, we still didn't have a clear idea for baby #3 {we built a 4-bedroom house yet Brent would flip back and forth over whether he wanted a third}, so we decided to put Trent {so sad, no 'official' pics of his room} and Drew {room tour here} in the bedrooms that shared a bathroom and leave the 4th bedroom - that has a private bath - as a nursery or guest room until Trent and Drew needed a little privacy.

Enter Paige {hallelujah!!!!}, and we set up her nursery in the private room because it was just easier and we didn't know her gender so we weren't sure who needed to share a bathroom. We knew we'd have to make moves since we had opposite genders sharing a bathroom - it just makes sense to give the solo gender the private bathroom. It worked out so well that Paige is a girl because the sharing a bathroom could be weird between Trent and his brother 7.5 years younger!

That was a lot of lead-up to get to the main point - Paige has started climbing out of her crib {and hurting herself}, so the time is upon us! Honestly, this is one of my LEAST favorite transitions as a parent - the cribless freedom! Fun reminder of Trent's first night in his converted crib!

So here's the plan: Trent moves to Paige's room with the private bathroom, Drew moves into Trent's room, and Paige moves to Drew's room since it's the smallest of the 3. Yup, you read that right - ALL CHILDREN ARE MOVING ROOMS AT THE SAME TIME PAIGE WILL BE TRANSITIONING OUT OF HER CRIB. To say I am overwhelmed and a little an understatement! {grin}

Tentative timeline:

  • The kids have a week off school over Thanksgiving, and I plan to take off work with them - I think this is when we will tackle who is sleeping where. Paige has stopped climbing out for the time being {and tells me 'Mommy, I stayed in my bed and called for you!' so I think we're okay to wait a little longer}. Given the effort that has gone in to get our kids to stay in their rooms once they have freedom and GO THE EFF TO SLEEP, I think it'll be key that I don't have to work. If anyone has tips for how they effectively handled this transition, I'd love to hear them!
  • We can take apart Paige's crib and Trent's bed, and put mattresses down for Drew and Trent in their new rooms. Paige can immediately start sleeping in Drew's bed - she is keeping the bed, bedding, dresser, and nightstand.
  • Wall decor will get stripped off the walls during Thanksgiving break - except for some of Drew's stuff which is staying up for Paige.
  • We will also work ssslllooowwwlllyyy over this week to start moving stuff from room-to-room. All the shoes one day, all the clothes in the closet, etc.
  • Drew's new room will get some paint, I hope to do that one weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas and have her sleep somewhere else. She is also getting an antique bed from Brent's mom that we are going to get my dad to paint. Painting the room will be easier before the new bed comes in.
  • Trent is getting bunk beds, so we'll need to order that to come in over Christmas as well.
  • Then we need to decorate the big 2 rooms, but I'm not as worried about that.
What we need to buy:
  • Trent's bunk beds - our tentative set has a built-in desk and dresser - it's so cool looking!
  • Bedding for the top bunk - he wants to keep his current quilt so that makes it easy! And it's a standard print from Pottery Barn, so even 7 years after we got his quilt, they still have it!
  • Book shelf for Trent! That kid has books overflowing every space in his room. There's a really cool DIY one with pipes coming out of the wall that I am entertaining the idea of...
  • Wall decor for Trent {he's keeping his 2 Star Wars posters which surprises me, but his current room is pretty lame already, so we'll need to get him more}.
  • Bedding for Drew's new bed since she's going from a twin to a full.
  • Paint for her walls. So thankful Trent is being so chill about all this - he said he just wants the stars to come down off Paige's wall but the paint can stay!
  • Possibly a new dresser for Drew - we're not totally sure what we'll do with some of the existing furniture we have. Her new bed is a Jenny Lind style {like her crib, which I LOVE}, and I found a Jenny Lind I'm debating.
  • Wall decor for Drew - she wants to keep just a couple of things from her current room.
  • Wall decor for Paige - we won't need much since a lot of Drew's stuff is staying in that room - but we'll need a few things.
I'm sure I've forgotten to list out - and think of - some steps, but I think this covers the big picture and also hopefully highlights why I'm stressed out, ha.

Any good advice for 1) making this an easy transition for Paige, and 2) making this not a GIANT project for me?


Emily said...

We too are doing a room wrangle at thanksgiving but ours is a much much smaller scale. We’ll be moving Oliver into Aaron’s room, replacing Aaron’s single bed with a bunk bed, and then transforming Oliver’s room back into the nursery (just moving out the toddler bed and setting up the crib & clothes again). We also have a 4 bedroom house but I want to keep the 4th room for guest room. I’m also nervous for the transition but reading your post I realize ours is very minimal. Good luck and can’t wait to hear how it goes!

Kathryn Bagley said...

Can't wait to see the finished product! when I moved it was a good opportunity to get rid of a lot of clothes I don't wear anymore