At first we decided the back room could be the boys room and the first room (the one you have to walk through) would be their playroom. We would be in the large second bedroom in the front of the house, but the end of the hallway. After a lot of thought and back-and-forth we decided to switch that up. So now we'll be in Bedroom #1 (first one on the right of the hallway), and the boys will be in Bedroom #2. The Back Bedroom will now become our dressing room/sewing room, solving our issue of too-small closets in this 100 year old house.
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Advantages of New Layout:
- We get a walk-in closet, yay!
- The back bedroom isn't heated, so all of us will be in heated rooms, saving the hassle of putting in a space heater
- I get a sewing room away from curious little hands
- The kids won't be playing in the room adjacent to our neighbors in the duplex, especially since we just found out our neighbor works the night shift so she sleeps during the day while her husband watches their toddler.
- Should we have another baby or adopt a baby/toddler we have space, I like to keep room for one more just in case, after our first being a surprise I never want a new baby to cause such an upheaval, better to keep some room just in case.
- If the room sharing thing goes badly we can make the dressing room part nursery and put Gizmo in there in his crib for another year and try again.
Disadvantages of New Layout:
- We have no idea what to do with such a big 'closet' area!
- The boys bedroom will need to double as a playroom, this will be an organizational challenge and I hope it won't be a behavior challenge, T-rex has been known to be tempted out of bed by toys being in his bedroom.
- We'll have a slightly smaller bedroom, though it will still be larger than our current one by about 1 foot on each side.
Here are some inspiration I'm drawing from Pinterest for my new dressing room/sewing room: