Two kids, one bedroom. It might feel like a tight squeeze, but with a little creativity you can definitely make it work. Here, five design and organization ideas that will help keep the peace.

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Don’t Make the Color Scheme Too Matchy-Matchy

Just because your children’s beds (or bunk beds) are in close proximity, that doesn’t mean the duvet covers—general decor—have to match. If your kids are old enough, give them a chance to pick out their own bed linens and let their individual personalities shine. Or, if you’d like to have some control over the aesthetic, customize each bed to make it an oasis all their own…in complimentary colors, of course.

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Cordon Off a Separate Changing Area

If it’s a brother and sister sharing a room, it’s important to be sensitive to privacy issues as the kids get to be school-aged. Some solutions: Set up a partition (like this one from Target) in order to section off an area for getting dressed. Or, if that doesn’t work given the space, explain that the bedroom is for sleeping and the bathroom is for changing—then make it a policy both kids have to abide by.

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Set it Up So Each Kid Has Their Own Special Nook

Carving out separate areas where your kids can shelve their own things will help prevent fights and foster individuality. Plus, how cute is it to see Jason’s Star Wars collection in one corner and Julia’s science lab in the other?

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Then, Make Sure They Each Get 30 Minutes of Alone Time Per Day

Sure, it’s fun to always have a sibling by your side, but kids also crave privacy—something that’s hard to come by when they share a space. Even if they don’t always use it, set a schedule for after school and on weekends that gives your child a chance to chill out and enjoy their bedroom on their own.

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Brainstorm a List of “Room Rules” Together

So, your daughter is messy, but your son likes everything in its place. Instead of nagging (or refereeing fights), sit down with your kids and let them take turns suggesting reasonable rules for the room (say, “lights out at 9 p.m.” or “no eating near Julia’s science lab.”). Once you’ve all agreed on a list, write it up and post it on the door. That way, everyone’s on the same page and expectations for mutual respect have been set.

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