One of the best cost savings decisions my husband and I have made in our lives is to live simply. After getting married, my husband and I moved to Taiwan where we taught English as a second language. During this time, I worked on my master’s degree, and we saved money to pay for it by living in a studio apartment on the 23rd floor of a skyscraper. When we moved back to Bermuda to my parent’s one-bedroom apartment, having a bedroom and a kitchen felt like luxury.
Four years later, we had our first child and our friends soon asked us when we were going to start looking for new housing arrangements. Well, we put a pack in play in our walk-in closet (which had previously used for a mini-office), and that was that. Two years later, we found out another little boy would be joining our family. Certainly, we would have to move now.
However, we love our location: we are five minutes from the beach, close to a walking trail, and my parents – the best babysitters ever – are located right above us. But how would we live in such a small space with two kids? A toddler bunk has been the key!
I had spent some time on Pinterest looking at toddler bunk beds. And of course, I had in my mind a simple, cute, stylish look that I thought would be perfect for our boys. Nic, on the other hand, had a different idea.
He determined that the boys needed a castle bunk. (Read more about his love for creating enchanting play spaces here.) After drawing up plans, a castle bunk was constructed and about a year later he added the forest for our youngest. The castle provides the safety needed for the top bunk and the trees on the bottom bunk provide a bit of an enclosure for our youngest. We currently use a rail for an additional layer of security for our two year old.
When designing the bottom bunk, Nic raised the bed a bit to allow for two Sterilite drawers to fit under the bunkbed. I use this storage mainly for wipes, diapers, pull-ups, bedding and sensory play materials.
Our boys love their toddler bunks (and the bunk beds usually become a fun play area during playdates). But even better, living simply has allowed me to choose to stay at home with my children during these special years.