Back in the autumn we switched the children’s bedrooms around, moving Tabitha into the larger room so that she and Esther can eventually share. I put a lot of effort into decorating and organising Aaron’s room as compensation for having the smallest bedroom!
Since then, poor Tabitha’s room has been a bit of a mess. Whilst her room is larger, it’s an awkward shape and her existing furniture didn’t really work in the space. She had far too much stuff with not enough storage or room to play. I meant to take some before pictures to show how bad it was, but I completely forgot.
Recently I had enough money in the budget to get her some new furniture, so we worked together to plan it and she chose some new bedding and curtains. We went through all of her stuff and sent so much to the charity shop! It’s been hard work, but we’re both really pleased with the result. Here’s a quick look around!
The three frames above her bed are for displaying her artwork. They have a hinge opening so that she can easily change the artwork, and are attached to the wall with command strips, so she can change the frames from landscape to portrait orientation as needed.
She has two underbed storage boxes; one for dolls and doll accessories, one for Lego.
This cushion was made by her Auntie Jess and has her name embroidered on it, although this photo doesn’t show it very well.
She previously had a big bookshelf, but we replaced it with this little one that doubles as a bedside table to hold her lamp and glass of water. We got rid of more than half the books that were in her room, but many of them we had never read or didn’t really like. She helped me choose our favourites to keep and we’ll rely more on the library.
This is the furniture we bought to replace the huge dark wardrobe that dominated the room before.
The wardrobe on the left has hanging space for her dresses and two storage boxes containing her dressing up clothes and soft toys.
Most of her clothes are kept in this chest of drawers, folded Konmari-style. She now has a mirror to help her brush her hair, which she is very pleased with. The patterned box contains all her jewellery and hair accessories.
The cupboard on the right holds most of her toys, games, puzzles and craft kits. We got rid of loads but probably still have more decluttering to do here. Her certificates are displayed on the inside of the door to reduce visual clutter.
The hanging quilt was made by my Grandma and Tabitha loves to look at it as she is going to sleep. The wooden blanket box contains our Duplo collection. Esther’s cot will eventually go in this part of the room.
Before it was a dark, gloomy room that was difficult to tidy and she didn’t like to play in it. Now it’s lighter and brighter. Getting rid of some of her toys has actually resulted in her spending much more time playing. Over time I’d like to cut down further, but this will do for now.