Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Moving Without Moving (At Least That's What It Felt Like :)

The Low-Down on Beza's Big Girl Move to a Big Girl Bed in a Big Girl Room

Our original plan was for Beza to "graduate" from a crib into a shared room with M.  However, God blessed us with two very passionate girls who both have trouble falling asleep at night (especially when they know how to push each others buttons :).  (Unlike T who can fall asleep anytime, anywhere.)  Almost a week of giving the shared room a try prompted some creative brainstorming and this email I sent to J (sometimes writing it all out helps;) :

Hey, J,
Okay, totally sure this is at the bottom of your thought-list--but I've just spent a significant chunk of time working it out in my head and thought it would be good to write it all down. :)

Reasons Why Beza Should Have Her Own Room
1.  She and M are sometimes fire and water. 
2.  Beza needs her own space to play--especially as she'll be heading towards rest time instead of nap time soon.
3.  She'll have a space to play without anyone else bossing her--I think that would be good for her. :)

How It Could All Work Without Spending a Penny
1.  Crib to Attic.
2.  White bed (M's room) back to T's room.
3.  TV stand in living room up to T's room (for his dresser).
4.  Desk in office to living room.
5.  Dresser from T's room to Beza's new room.
6.  Unused bookshelf currently under the basement stairs to Beza's new room for toy storage.
7.  Dark wood mirror from T's closet goes over the new bookshelf in Beza's room to give her a mirror.
8.  White mirror from Office goes to M's room to match her storage bin shelf.
8.  Nightstand in the office moves to dining room to hold the large serving platters currently on the top shelf of the TV stand.

Reasons Why I Would Like The Office Downstairs  (and not in a bedroom upstairs)
1.  I don't think it's ideal to be on the computer while someone is trying to sleep.
2.  As the kids start to use the computer more, having it in an open, easily accessible spot makes it easier to monitor them.

The result?

Beza's New Room
(Her favorite color is purple.)
(Click her for the Office BEFORE.)

The Office
(Click here for the living room BEFORE, More BEFORE)

How's it all working?
 It's been great!  I LOVE having the office downstairs.  (In theory it should make filing paperwork/mail easier--yet, I did move a growing pile to take the picture. ;)  And the peeps each (of course) love having their own spaces.  And Beza's shelves and closet are bursting at the seams with her new birthday presents and books. :) 

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