Our house is on the small side- roughly 950 square feet. With just two bedrooms, an eat-in kitchen, and one bath, it was intended to be our starter home. When we moved in, we had a 5-year plan that included saving a ton of money- either to put towards a rebuild on our lot or to put towards the purchase of our next home. We assumed we’d have a baby at some point in those five years and that we’d be in our next home before having our second. Of course, we did not plan to have twins, and we certainly never planned to go down to one income.
We were doing pretty well with our plan when Tiny and Buba arrived in March 2008 (year three). But with the addition of our twins (and all the clothing, gear, and toys), the house began to feel smaller and smaller each day. By the time they turned one, we started to contemplate moving. However, it turned out this wasn’t even an option. We could no longer get a mortgage that would allow us to buy a bigger home based on the income from just T’s teaching salary. So we thought about selling our house and renting a larger home. But because we bought around the peak of the housing market, we’d probably have to take a loss on our home, and we weren’t ready to do that yet.
So we decided to refinance and stay put for a while. This means that Tiny and Buba will be sharing a room indefinitely- at least until age 5 and maybe a couple of years longer. For now, I’m okay with that. They’ve shared a room since the day they came home from the hospital, and even if we lived in a larger home, I’m pretty sure they’d still be sharing a room at this point. But it’s down the road that I’m worried about. How long can a brother and sister share a room before they’ll want their own space and privacy?
My hope is that by the time they are in 2nd or 3rd grade we’ll be in a situation where they will no longer have to share a bedroom. If all goes according to the new 5-year plan, by that time I’ll be back to work and we should have little to no childcare expenses (T and I are both teachers). Hopefully by then the economy and the housing market will have improved, and the additional income should help us when we go to apply for a new loan. Fingers crossed.
Do your twins share a room? And if so, how long do you plan to keep them together?
reanbean is a SAHM to 22-month-old boy/girl twins. She also blogs about Tiny and Buba at reanbean.com.