I have five kids, four boys and one girl. Until now they have all been sleeping in the same bedroom. You read that right – five kids, one bedroom. It is a large room, and with two sets of bunk beds it wasn’t that bad. Until we had our fifth child. See, our first four are boys. Typically loud, rambunctious, messy boys. Especially messy. Their bedroom is pretty much a disaster at all times. I try to organize things, but there is only so much space in a bedroom that houses four boys. And then, we added a crib. And a dresser for the baby. That really did it, now the room is overcrowded and even when it is “clean” it still looks like a mess. To top it off, that crib belongs to a baby GIRL. Now what girl wants to share a bedroom with four boys? (Even if they adore each other.) We had a problem.
Now, as a bit of background information, we have a basement apartment. We rented it out as a 2-bedroom apartment, keeping the third bedroom as a storage room for us. Every time we needed to access that storage room, however, we had to go through the tenant’s apartment. Not so cool. So, at the end of July our most recent tenant had moved out and we decided to remodel the apartment and convert it to a one-bedroom. Now, at the beginning of September it is finished and we have new tenants moving in this week. Phew! The best part is that we now have two extra bedrooms downstairs, *cue angels singing*, and we don’t have to go through the tenant’s space any more to get to them. The plan is to move the boys downstairs (two to a room) and their current bedroom will be a bedroom for Baby Girl, and an office for me. This project has been the focus of my thrifting trips since then. I will be sharing before and after pictures, and some upcycling projects I have been working on!