Sharing the Master Bedroom with a Baby
Both of us hate clutter and love open spaces, and it was only natural to paint our master bedroom in bright colours. We chose plain white walls and white furniture because this opened up the space enough and it allowed us to add colourful details in every corner as well as on every shelf. Her toys double as décor and every blanket and throw pillow look like they were picked by an interior designer. We also have two sets of curtains – blackout curtains that help our little girl sleep well during the day, and curtains made of a sheer material that let in natural light when the baby is awake.
Any parent will tell you: you can’t have enough storage space – ever. It looks like her tiny outfits and toys cover up over 80% of our room, and we had to carefully plan the layout so that we had enough space for the two of us. We installed a second rail in our closet and keep her clothes there. Fortunately, we have a huge double bed with storage that we use to keep all out coats, jackets, and bulky clothes we don’t need at the moment out of the way. Also, colourful boxes that allow us to keep all of her toys out of sight help as well, and we don’t even want to imagine what our bedroom would look like without them.
We learned this the hard way because we threw out rugs and carpets years ago because of our love for minimalism. It wasn’t until we figured that she frequently wakes up because she can hear the sound of our feet on the bare floor did we think about covering the floors. Still, instead of a boring old wall-to-wall carpet, we settled for several fluffy throw rugs that we strategically scattered across the room. She now sleeps peacefully and we can move around with ease because our steps are muffled.
I understand that for some parents sharing the master bedroom with their baby isn’t an option, but for those who don’t have a lot of available space or just want to keep an eye on their baby for whatever reason, I feel that this is definitely the right choice. While it may take some time for everyone to adjust, the bond you form with your baby along the way is priceless.