We live in a small 1950's cottage that only has 2 bedrooms. The master bedroom is 11x13 feet and the children's bedroom is a tiny 7x9 feet. Can you imagine that I'm squeezing 3 young children into that space? Before I start getting all sorts of nasty comments, let me assure you that they are comfortable and actually love being together like that. But, they are getting older. They are growing up.
My daughter doesn't really have a corner to call her own, other than her bed. I feel badly, especially since she does like to go off on her own and play and imagine. Having two brothers on either side of her in a small house, she's often overrun with trucks, tractors, noise, and construction zones.
That's another thing. If I gave them the larger room, I could possibly eliminate the toy zone in the living room. Granted, they do have a play area in the basement, but it is small and there's not really a lot of room for 3 children to spread out and play all at once.
Here's the clincher, though. In a 7x9 foot room, there's really only room for my husband and I's bed. Thankfully, it does have a walk-in closet. But, it would be a real challenge to fit all that two adults have into a room smaller than many people's closets!
Ideally, we need to move. We've outgrown this house. I try to be creative, thinking about decades past when families were larger and lived in smaller houses, but this is the 21st century. There are new standards, such as pubescent children not sharing rooms with their siblings of the opposite gender. Granted, my oldest is only 5, but the time will come.
The next ideal idea on the list is to add a loft bedroom in the attic.
In confusion and indecision, the best thing to do is pray and let the Lord lead.