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Bedroom Solutions for Kids

by Esther Berkowitz 03/18/2019

If you’re like many families, you never seem to have quite enough space for each family member to spread out. To stay within your budget, or maybe to create a more close-knit family you have two or more children sharing a room. As time goes on sharing personal space can create rifts between siblings. To avoid added stress and tension consider employing some shared space solutions to help your family members establish their own space, even in a shared room. Here are some divided ideas to get you started.

Mirroring setup – A simple solution is to just split the room right down the middle. Create mirroring layouts on either side of a shared dresser or desk-space and allow each child to spread out on their half. 

Curtain Wall — You can also divide the room with an actual curtain or screen. A weighted curtain hanging through the center serves as a visual barrier and helps create a sound barrier as well.

Lofted bed — Purchase a pair of lofted beds with built-in desk space underneath. Each child can build out their area and have a place to go that is entirely their own. As children age, you can even install curtains across the bottom of the loft to give them more privacy. 

Divide the closet — Children commonly fight about a sibling's belongings finding their way into their space. This issue is especially true when it comes to closet space. Make sure you establish a separation of closet and storage space (and bathroom if they're sharing one) to help your kids protect their belongings and feel that their stuff is indeed theirs. 

Wireless Headphones — Without purchasing furniture or shelving, you can give your kids a sense of personal space by merely providing them with a way to block out the activities of other family members. Get each of your children a pair of wireless headphones so they can enjoy their music, audio-book or phone entertainment without disturbing each other.

Hold Children Accountable for their space. Separately. — Your daughters might share a room, but both may not be equally at fault for the clutter or lack of cleanliness. A benefit of delineating a separation between their spaces is that it helps you see what each of them is doing, individually. Hold the messy child responsible for their half of the room and positively reinforce the child who is completing their chores. 

Though they might think it so, children to do not need their own rooms to be happy. Learning to share smaller spaces can help your family grow closer. You have to learn more about each other, pay attention to preferences and pet peeves and generally learn to give and take on a more regular basis. Start your kids on the right path to personal growth and family unity by establishing their individual areas and responsibility versus shared family space.

About the Author

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Esther Berkowitz
Exceptional service, integrity, and fine attention to detail are the attributes that best describe Esther’s approach as an Associate Broker at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty. Her work ethic is unparalleled, and she tirelessly pursues all details necessary for her buyers and sellers to achieve their desired results. Esther’s twenty years of experience as a lawyer is also an enormous asset. While she cannot offer legal advice to her real estate clients, her legal experience is invaluable in negotiations, in navigating complicated deals, and in avoiding complications to begin with. As a bonus, as a fifteen-year Westchester resident, Esther has developed an extensive Rolodex of trusted service providers and can make recommendations for all of her clients’ needs. Ten of those years were as a mother, so Esther can also give useful information about various enrichment classes and programs for children. While Esther is always professional, her tireless efforts for her clients are imbued by a personal touch. She genuinely wants to help her sellers achieve a stress-free transaction. And she truly wants all of her buyers to find a home that they are proud to call home. Esther is diligent in keeping her clients informed because she understands how emotionally fraught both buying and selling a home can be. If you are looking for a true real estate professional that brings a wealth of life time experiences to the table, please call Esther at 914-522-1563. If she is not immediately available, she will promptly return your call.