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room tour! | how I keep things tidy in a shared room

Hey there! I’m so glad you’re here! Recently on my blog, I shared a tour of my artist’s station! When my blogging friend Haley said she’d love to see a full room tour sometime, I was like yeah! I’m gonna do one of those! 😀 ❤ Thank you for the request, Haley!

So I share a room with two of my siblings: Samuel and Elizabeth! For a while, my room was a place where I wrote blog posts at my desk, watched movies, and read books, but right now I do all of those activities in other parts of the house. That means our bedroom is mainly for sleeping and storage! I also like to keep things organized and pretty, and since I’m the eldest one in the room, I dust, vacuum, and keep up with basic organization. 😉

Okay let’s check out our room! Throughout the tour, I’ll also give insight into my organization systems and share advice for you if you share a room with your sibling/s, too. ❤

room tour!

Here’s the view when you first walk in the room and shut the door behind you! There’s my bed with my favorite quilt and the soft purple blanket I bring out in the cooler months. My artist’s station is right by my bed for easy access (check out this post for a full tour of that!), as well as a trash can, a box fan, my beautiful fairy lights window display (hehe), and Samuel’s bed!

If you turn around after coming in, you’ll see the door that opens up to the living room/dining room, my closet door (to the right), and a pretty pastel wreath I recently made!

The frame for this project is a coated wire photo holder, which I used to use to display pictures. Since I don’t want to use it for that anymore, I traced the circles onto colored cardstock, cut them out, then taped them together! It turned out looking like a pretty bubble wreath 😀

Here’s my entertainment center turned artistry display! I put up some recent artwork that Elizabeth and Samuel made, as well as a cool wall hanging that matches my bubble wreath! I used a wooden dowel, some string, cardstock triangles, and a wee bit of tape to make this! I love wall hangings haha ❤

On the top of the entertainment center (from left to right), there’s my Bible, some pictures and a notebook, Gru’s car from Despicable Me, a sheep illustration, my favorite illustration of Jesus with little children!, a candle, and my lamp.

The little sheep was done in pencil, then I cut out pink cardstock in the shape of a cloud for its body! The two pencil sheep in the corners of the frame were prototypes for the pink sheep, but I decided they could be her friends instead. hah (and I love how the fairy lights in the background look like they’re draped over the sheep!)

This is my anything-and-everything basket! For a long time, I’ve been needing a place for things that have no other home at the moment. My closet floor is not the place for these items anymore. lol that’s what this basket’s for! I highly recommend dedicating a drawer, basket, or a certain area to miscellaneous things that need tending to eventually. It cuts down on clutter getting scattered throughout the rooms and closet when you have a way to sort these items before they have an actual place in your room!

Since I just finished organizing my drawers two days ago, I’ll show you how they look! There are three drawers. In the top one, I keep my night shirts and undergarments.

In the middle drawer, there are my comfortable pants (look at those pretty new ones I got!! eeee!) and my… less comfortable pants, hah! (jeans and such 😉 )

The bottom drawer is my soon-to-replace drawer! What does that mean, you say? It means I own clothes that I don’t like much anymore, but I need them for when my favorite clothes are getting washed. So I will wear them occasionally until I’m able to replace them with new clothes I like more, then I’ll donate/throw away the old ones.

I’m rebuilding my wardrobe at the moment, and while I’m going though that process, this is really helping me to like my favorite articles of clothing without always seeing the things I don’t like as much.

In the cabinet off to the right in the entertainment center, I keep my books! There are actually four shelves, but the bottom two are being renovated. So I’m just sharing the bookshelves with you today. As you can see, this is raw, real life footage hehe – I didn’t rearrange this area at all before snapping pics! Most of these books (and there are two movies there as well, hah) are give-’em-a-try reads. I love buying secondhand books to see what I think of them. It’s an inexpensive way to enjoy reading without a financial commitment.

This is Elizabeth’s bed! It’s against the far left wall in the room. She’s four years old, and right now she likes to keep her blankets and stuffed animals piled together, not neatly made. However she is fine with me folding and draping the two blankets on either end, which gives it a slightly more organized feel! So that’s how we kind of compromise on orderliness. I accept what she likes and she’s okay with me organizing it a little bit. hehe

Off to the right by my entertainment center, I keep our laundry basket! Usually every other day, I take its contents out to the laundry room and sort everything to be washed.

In the far left corner of the room, we have a functional corner! There’s the chair my mom sits in when she’s taking Elizabeth to bed, a table that holds Elizabeth’s favorite solar system artwork, and our humidifier. We haven’t needed to run it much yet, but we will once it gets a little colder here. Oh and that door leads to another closet, which is used to store toys and other storage containers.

Another view of my bed and artist’s station! Over my bed is a quote project I did back in 2012 where I copied down my favorite inspirational quotes from Pinterest. ❤

My closet is also being renovated, rearranged, organized, etc., but I can show you a few views! Against the back wall when you walk in, there are our craft supply drawers (which I access sometimes for projects), and my keepsake containers.

Directly above that, I keep my jackets, favorite shirts, and coat! I really recommend keeping the closet floor clear so you’re able to walk in and retrieve whatever you came in there for. I used to pile things that needed sorting on the floor, which made my room feel messy quickly. That’s why I appreciate the sorting basket so much!

Now it’s time to show you the bathroom! 😀 The door that leads to it is off to the right of my entertainment center. I love the mermaid artwork and tiny glass octopus draped in my glorious bracelets. haha

There’s me! and the cabinets we keep stuff in.

Off to the left on the wall, there’s artwork that matches the mermaid one! Look at the adorable little lighthouse!

Thank you SO much for reading! I loved taking pictures for this tour and chatting about it with you. It can be tempting to only be satisfied with our room when it’s perfectly cleaned, organized, and pretty, but living spaces are just for that: living in! So I focus on being happy with the room when it’s helping us keep things organized and allows us to display some of our favorite things.

How do you keep things organized in your room? If you share a room with one or more of your siblings, how do you guys work together to enjoy sharing the space? Let’s chat in the comments!

33 thoughts on “room tour! | how I keep things tidy in a shared room”

  1. OH!! Thank you so much!! I share a room with both my sisters (2), and our room is relatively small for three people. It DOES get pretty chaotic at times, but for the most part it’s all good. I had my own room for awhile, but honestly I spent so little time in it that is wasn’t worth it. XD
    For a while my sisters and I slept in basically our living room because our house was so small it only had one bedroom. lol.
    Your room is so well organized especially for three people! How do you do it? XD I’m not the most organized person…so your room looks especially clean and organized.
    -Haley

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    1. You’re welcome Haley! I’m so glad you requested this! ❤ yeah sharing a room has its crazy moments lol! It's also a great way to learn how to problem solve with your siblings – at least I've found that to be the case. 😉 haha same here! I've found that I get more done when I read, doodle, and do other hobbies in different rooms in the house. Yeah we've been in a similar situation before! Sometimes the house you're living in doesn't have enough rooms for everyone to get one.
      Aw thank you! The best tip I have for staying organized is to stay on top of cleaning and tidying small messes. When everything piles up, it takes longer to organize which is frustrating. However when I daily clean up the smaller areas of disorganization, it's easier to keep a clean room. 😀

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      1. Thanks for the tip! I tend to do things out of our room, too!
        I should really take your advice and stay on top of the messes! lol.
        How did it happen that you share a room with Elizabeth and Samuel?
        -Haley

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      2. You’re welcome!
        Hehe it’s helped me! When I don’t take my own advice 😂 things pile up quickly. So I try to keep up with tidying!
        When Izzy was a baby, it wasn’t working for her and Elizabeth to share a room because they’d take turns waking each other up. 😆 so I went from having my own room to sharing one with Elizabeth (her bed’s the only thing in the bedroom, her clothes are still kept in our mom’s room) and our mom and Izzy took my old room. The room my brothers used to share wasn’t really big enough for two, so Samuel moved his bed and dresser into my room and Elizabeth’s (it’s the master bedroom in the house). We really work with the space we have to do what’s best for every person!

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      3. Ah yes! i is best to work with everyone’s needs.
        I share the master bedroom with my sisters in our house, and my brothers share a room.
        And my mom and dad share a room. We don’t have a lot of space, but it works!
        Ps. I don’t mean to be rude, but you said ‘your mom’… uh, I’m sorry but I’m curious, do you have a dad that lives with you? I understand if you don’t want to respond, no pressure, I’m just wondering.

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      4. Definitely!
        Oh cool ❤️
        It’s ok that you asked! Yeah we have a dad and he lives with us. He sleeps in the living room in a recliner because he’s more comfortable sleeping that way. 😊

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