The three youngest girls have been waiting patiently for their time to have a bedroom makeover. It's hard to believe that it's been two years since we undertook the older girls' room.
We quickly learned with the older girls that because their bedroom was decorated, organized and just the way they planned it, they became unnaturally motivated to keep it that way. This quickly grew into a habit and now it is the rare occasion that I have to ask them to clean their room. Love it.
The younger girls need this sort of motivation more than they know. Though their room is large, they fill it up quickly. I knew it was going to be a challenge to blend their tastes as well as their dispositions into one space that would make sense for all of them.
Miriam, 10, is an ultra organized, easy to be around, athletic, no frills kind of girl. She likes to read, knit, listen to music and write.
Elizabeth is a fun loving, creative, vibrant nine year old. She likes to collect items because they hold sentimental value to her. She's kind of stuck between enjoying all the things a young girl loves and yet wanting at times to be more grown up.
Then there is Rebekah, 6. What can I say? I think that Rebekah would be happy to live in a box with a big stack of paper, markers, tape and scissors. She is always making something (and then leaving it all over the floor). This girl needs structure and yet room to explore and discover. She still has some dressing up and Polly Pocket playing to do, too.
Thankfully, I like challenges.
I've been collecting items since this summer and now we are in the construction phase. I regret that I can not find my before pictures of their room. Imagine this: yellow walls, multicolored flowered bedspreads and lots of stuff. I gave away their beds this summer to a family in need, so they've been sleeping on their mattresses on the floor since. It is definitely time for a change.