Smaller Cooler 2009: Jake & Pete's Super Small Space

Smaller Cooler 2009: Jake & Pete's Super Small Space

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Janel Laban
May 12, 2009

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Whose Room is This? : Jake, 8 and Pete, 6
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Family: Jake, Pete, sister Betsy, 4, sister Rosie, 2, Mom Beth, Dad and two dogs
Room Size: 90 square feet
Division: Big Kid

Tip for Living Small with Kids: You have to stay organized, and reduce the clutter where ever, and whenever you can! I know it sounds so cliche, but there has to be a place for everything and they should be able to put everything in it's place. There stuff should definately be accessible to them, but they should also know where it belongs when they're done with it.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in putting together this room? Our boys share a room. They recently had to take the smallest of the two extra bedrooms because our youngest daughter went from a crib to a big girl bed. This meant that our two girls (one who has special needs and CANNOT sleep in a top bunk)needed seperate twin beds, and they just wouldn't fit in the smaller room. So, the boys were happy to move, but wanted a desk.

At first, we weren't sure how to pull this off in such a small space. The room is 9.5 feet x 9.5 feet! I wasn't really sure how any furniture other than the bed would fit. One night, I got the idea to float a desk on the wall under the window, and extend it into the dead space at the foot of their bunks and on the side of their wardrobe. Luckily, my husband, Jake, is super handy. It took one afternoon, and now they have their desk (plus a couple of shelves). To make it more interesting, we made it bar height so they can day dream out the window.

My regular resources are Odeedoh, Apartment Therapy, Better Homes & Gardens, and various design blogs. I am also loving how Target has teamed with top designers to make great desihn more accessible for everyone. Most of the time though, necessity is, indeed, the mother of invention. Hooks for back packs from Anthroplogie, magnet strips for artwork and pictures from Ikea, a big tub for wooden blocks, personal bookshelves and lamps for each boy... these are a few things that keep clutter under control, and look cool in the process!

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