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post #81 of 228
Man I hate socks! In our house, we all only have 2-3 pair of (washable) wool socks for winter and wear sandals in the warm months. Socks dry on the vent in the foyer for 2-3 wearings before getting washed.

I've noticed that having a laundry bin in each kids room & washing only the clothes that go in THAT room at a time helps keep the laundry less hectic. I can take that load into that room & fold & hang. Socks go in with the colors since I never have enough whites for a full load.

So for us, having LESS socks per person helps. I also harp constantly when we come in the house from being out to "Keep your socks, hats, gloves together!"

Kat
post #82 of 228
Oooo... Socks. I buy new socks for everybody every Christmas. I also don't have a problem with sharing socks (no sharing underwear or handmedown underwear - no way no how!). Two of the three boys share the same size (or close enough, as socks go). I wash a load of whites with everybody's socks, and they're actually my favorite to sort. If it has a hole, in goes in the trash. I'm past thinking I'll have time to darn them. Otherwise, I try to buy the same kind of socks for everybody all the time, and multiples of any cute patterned socks. That way, if I have three socks in a particular pattern, at least I have a pair. All three go into the sock drawer together. This is expecially true of sports socks - I just make a big pile of one size/style (gold toe socks and hanes socks are marked on the toe by size) and don't worry myself if there happens to be an odd number. I don't even count. Maybe next wash will be an odd number too. Or maybe I'll have to throw out a holey sock. Lonely single socks sometimes go on top of my dresser to be sorted in later, sometimes get thrown into the sock drawer to find their mates on their own, and sometimes I'll go ahead and purge a sock drawer (especially if it's near empty anyway) in search of missing mates.

There, that's what I do for socks!

I came in here, however, to announce that #4 is on his/her way! We're due in June, and we're hoping for A) another boy so we can make good use of all these boy clothes I've been storing or B) a girl for variety and to start a new clothing collection.

Update since the last time I was in... We bought a beast to drive in. It's a 7 Pass Suburban, and we are in love. I bought Radians (all of the boys are still in carseats) so I can get 3 across the back row if necessary, but we ride two in back and one in the middle for now.

Question: For those of you who live in a small house or have lived in a small house (under 1000sqft), how/when did/do you know that you need to upgrade? We're huge in to making do, and we like our little house, but we're starting to wonder how far we can stretch it, or how many more of us we can squeeze in. Thoughts?
post #83 of 228
anstar Congrats on your pregnancy and hi again party_of_seven

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Question: For those of you who live in a small house or have lived in a small house (under 1000sqft), how/when did/do you know that you need to upgrade? We're huge in to making do, and we like our little house, but we're starting to wonder how far we can stretch it, or how many more of us we can squeeze in. Thoughts?


Need to upgrade and ability to upgrade are two different things IME. If you can afford to move then do it. We hit the point of feeling that we needed to move just about when dd2 was born and we had to buy another bed for dd1 so that she could still sleep in our room. We now have a 6yo and a 3yo in our bedroom with us which is not fun any more.

If you can't all get around your table and a different shaped table won't fit in your room then that is one point. When you can't get any more beds in the bedrooms, that's another point. When you can't all sit down in the living room all at once without someone having to sit on the bare floor then that might be another one.

We desperately need to upgrade with six of us in a stupidly small house - under 500sqft but the money isn't there to do it yet.
post #84 of 228
Touche Orange. And I see where you're at. We're at the point where we can't all sit at the table point, but as we are still in toddler beds, that part at least isn't an issue. Actually, we have a lofted twin bed for the 4yo, and the toddler bed and the crib are underneith it side be side. It's kinda cute, actually... and they're in the smallest bedroom together. We still have two more bedrooms available, but one is DH's office (he works from home) and the other I'm hoping to turn into a dining room/school room so we can all sit at the table together... For now, at least. What we have is right for us for a few years yet, I just don't know how many. I want to start long-range planning, but at this point I have no clue what that involves.
post #85 of 228
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I want to start long-range planning, but at this point I have no clue what that involves.
Long range planning - I like that! My long range plans include space, infinite storage solutions and a bedroom where the only person I can hear snoring is my husband
post #86 of 228
Hi everyone! I'm subbing again.

We recently found out that #5 will be joining us in August, I'm just over 7 weeks and feeling it very much LOL.

We've officially outgrown our minivan because I can't squeeze another carseat in it, and all of our kids are still in some sort of a carseat or booster (5yrs down to 1yr). So we're looking for a passenger van. Hubby tell me this is IT (he's said that for the past two kids) so I'm praying for more but will let him make the final call... But if we have a larger van, we'd need to fill up the seats, right? :-)

We do live in a small house - a 3 bedroom bungalow with a full basement. The house fits us comfortably right now, there are a few things I do to make sure we aren't overcrowded (rotate toys in the attic, only keeping as many down as are played with regularly, storing a lot of stuff in the basement that is organized and easy to get to, keeping all of our clothes hung in the basement under our folding table to free up closet space, utilize under bed and hanging storage, etc.). We do have a finished room in the basement, and if we installed one of those fire escapes (egress window?) we could use it as a bedroom if need be. We've also discussed adding on to our home somtime in the future if we stay here long enough.

Do you have any genius ideas for storage? I don't want to have to put money into any more storage things, I'm mainly looking for ways to use unused space or get creative with what I already have. I am going to mak hanging pouches for the bunk beds to put on the end of each bed to hold stuffed animals and books. I made one a couple years ago for our crib back when we used it and it's not on my oldest daughters bed. One for each bed end would be great to organize lovies and books and keep them from getting on the floor.
post #87 of 228
Congratulations Anstar!! Number 4 is so fun, IME!

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Question: For those of you who live in a small house or have lived in a small house (under 1000sqft), how/when did/do you know that you need to upgrade? We're huge in to making do, and we like our little house, but we're starting to wonder how far we can stretch it, or how many more of us we can squeeze in. Thoughts?
We're currently a family of six - soon to be seven when #5 arrives in the late spring - living in a 940 sq ft 2 BR, so I've been wondering this as well. I think most people think we're crazy, because we're not really that crowded here... but I'm thinking we need to look to the near future. Our eldest is 7 now, and while we have a family bed for now (with the 2 eldest sometimes sleeping on the floor in our room or in the bed in their room) eventually we're going to need separate sleeping spaces for everyone. I'd also LIKE to have room for a dresser for each person, which isn't something we've got now (thank goodness for plenty of closet space!) In order to get beds for everyone, we'd need to upgrade to a bigger place.

However, I've just come across a property that we might be interested in, and it isn't bigger than what we have now. It *might* be a tad smaller, in fact. However, it's on 40 beautiful acres, the price is right, and we could have pets, chickens, etc. We're not set on it, but we're considering it, so apparently space isn't the only thing we're looking for!

I had once dreamed about living in an RV and taking the show on the road (Dh wasn't interested in finding mobile employment though, and we don't have that kind of savings, so it was just a dream) so I had already mentally downsized our lives. After thinking about having a large-ish family in an RV full-time, this place is huge. Sometimes I feel like we're SUPPOSED to get a bigger place -- and I wouldn't be upset to have one! -- but for RIGHT NOW we're doing alright here. We're looking around for larger spaces, as Dh feels more pressure to provide "appropriate" housing than the rest of us feel, I think, and I can see enjoying that a lot... but I'm not feeling a crunch.

(I may feel completely different about it in a few months when baby arrives!!)

Not very helpful, but I have commiseration. I think the important thing to do is separate what is "usual" and what is really, truly needed/desired by your family. If you guys are knocking around against each other, you need a bigger space. If you do, but simply cant' get one right now, there are ways to make small home living more comfortable. If you're fine, but feeling like you "should" have a 3 BR or something, just know that it's more than fine to enjoy living in a small space.
post #88 of 228
We're at the point where we need to upgrade to more space, even if it's just a little bit more. The kids are just physically too big now for our house. We're constantly bumping into each other and the 14 (soon to be 15) yr old and the 9 yr need to not be sharing a room anymore. They're driving each other, and me, crazy! They want to have friends over but it's almost impossible to add another person that's their size into the house! We're looking and my hope is to find something that is 4 BR and has either a garage or a basement so the kids don't have to store their bikes in their rooms.
post #89 of 228
Congrats Kidsaplenty!

Just popping in to say I love the laundry talk. I'm always looking for laundry inspiration. You lot far surpass me. I cannot keep atop of our laundry and we have fewer people than you. But we have tons of towels, probably too many, I ought to purge some. I actually like towels best they're quickest to put away. Clothes and socks I cannot wrap my head around an efficient process, and I feel like I spend all weekend laundering. meh.
post #90 of 228
I am saying I fit here....even though with 4 I don't feel like a Mom of many....I get the comments alllllll the time!

Socks....I too have a sock bin the I spend time with often....but even trying to wash them with clothes seems two go in and only one comes out and I don't want to toss the spares in case the matches pop up.

Sheets are about once a week or so, since we don't have anyone fully night trained yet usually that is the longest before there is an accident and they need changing. Towels I do also about once a week, trying to get DH to realize they can be used more then once before washing though, as his seem to go to the laundry as often as used!

Hope to get the laundry routine down pat before the littles get a little bigger!
post #91 of 228
Jenny and Helen, how's the little babes doing? And you?

Sam, how's you? And all well with the two in the tummy?
post #92 of 228
I have a sock bin too. I try to buy socks in a size that several of the kids can wear. I just get normal white cotton socks. I pair up what I can and toss the rest in the bin. I try not to stress about it. Maybe once a week I will sit down and sort through the bin. If I don't get to it the kids know they can go there and find their own socks.

On laundry.....I try to do a couple of loads every day. Each kid has a small laundry basket labeled with his/her name. They bring down their dirties in their basket each morning. I do the washing and folding and put the clean stuff back in their basket for them to put away at the end of the day. It works pretty well for us. Laundry is my pet peeve though, so my kids know not to play around with their clean laundry. I don't mind doing it, but they darn well better have some respect for my hard work and put it away right.

I'm very grateful that this baby is a boy and we will have 3 and 3. It makes it easy to stay in our 3 bedroom a little longer. Hopefully eventually we will add on 2 more bedroom and convert our half bath to a full bath. At least it isn't a pressing issue at the moment.....maybe in a few years. Heck, the 2.5yo still sleeps in our bed, and I suspect the new little guy will hang out just as long. A lot can happen in 3 years and maybe by then we will be able to afford that addition to the house!
post #93 of 228
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We recently found out that #5 will be joining us in August, I'm just over 7 weeks and feeling it very much LOL.
Congrats!

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Do you have any genius ideas for storage? I don't want to have to put money into any more storage things, I'm mainly looking for ways to use unused space or get creative with what I already have. I am going to mak hanging pouches for the bunk beds to put on the end of each bed to hold stuffed animals and books. I made one a couple years ago for our crib back when we used it and it's not on my oldest daughters bed. One for each bed end would be great to organize lovies and books and keep them from getting on the floor.
No genius ideas, but I'm very interested as well! I need ideas other than "buy XYZ shelves" or "Thesekind bins" -- the hanging pouches idea sounds nifty.
post #94 of 228
Thread Starter 
Just a quick note to let you all know I gave birth this morning and we have a new son and a daughter

We haven't chosen names yet.

Will post more when I get out of hospital.

Sam
post #95 of 228
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Just a quick note to let you all know I gave birth this morning and we have a new son and a daughter

We haven't chosen names yet.

Will post more when I get out of hospital.

Sam
fantastic! enjoy!

(and if you need any b'feeding support please ask)
post #96 of 228
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Just a quick note to let you all know I gave birth this morning and we have a new son and a daughter

We haven't chosen names yet.

Will post more when I get out of hospital.

Sam
Wow Sam Congratulations. I hope their birth was smooth. Sending your way.
post #97 of 228
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Just a quick note to let you all know I gave birth this morning and we have a new son and a daughter

We haven't chosen names yet.

Will post more when I get out of hospital.

Sam
Congrats Sam and Sam-family!! That's great news.
Enjoy!
post #98 of 228
Yay!!! Congrats Sam and family!
post #99 of 228
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Originally Posted by baltic_ballet View Post
Just a quick note to let you all know I gave birth this morning and we have a new son and a daughter

We haven't chosen names yet.

Will post more when I get out of hospital.

Sam
Congratulations!! What great news.
post #100 of 228
Can't wait to hear all about the babies, Sam! Hope all is going well with the 3 of you!

And congrats to Anstar and StormySar. Yea for new babies!

I'm stuck at home today with our 2nd blizzard in 2 1/2 weeks. The last was on Christmas Eve and Day. Today they are missing school. The high temp is below zero and the winds are making it -30F. Too cold to go sledding. So far we've made pumpkin bread and 3 out of 5 have taken a bath. The baby still needs his bath, but he's busy playing and my bath aversion kid is running around happily so she can wait until tomorrow.

My pet peeve is messing with their clean laundry too. Drives me nuts to have it messed with.

I have a mess of socks in the laundry now. I should stay up tonight and watch a trashy TV show and try to match some up. I try to only have 1 kind per kid to help with figuring out whose is who's, but they do have some fun socks in there too.

We're officially done nursing and I'm just pumping once a day. DH is really wanting another. With #6 we'll need a new vehicle so he has been looking around.
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