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 I would limit towels to two per person.  If possible a shelf in the bathroom up high?  Clean clothing-under the bed storage boxes with the wheels so they roll in and out easy.  Clear plastic ones with labels on both ends.  Sheets-personally we have one set per bed.  But if you really wanted a spare set always store the set inside of one pillow case.  Those could also be stored under the bed.  Dirty clothes-what if you kept a rubbermaid tub in the trunk of  your car and kept them in there?  then you could just unload the tub at laundry mat , wipe out and reload with clean?  You could drill some holes in the plastic lid for air flow so things don't get stinky.

 

 

A rubbermaid in the trunk is a GREAT idea : ) We kinda do a lot of laundry now and are spoiled with a washer and dryer, so I am thinking I am going to end up doing a bit of hand washing/ making an honest effort to try and re wear more than we do (which means putting a bib on DS every time he eats : P ) 
 

 



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I have to figure out where to put the diaper pail because right now it resides in my room.  ICK!


 


DH is terrified of the diaper pail : P so it doesn't surprise me that he is concerned about where it is going to live in our new place, the bathroom is yet to be built so kinda hoping there might be a little nook we can stick it in. 

 

Thinking about getting a couple of these for lighting in the kitchen area (not going to be doing electric stuff for a while but I saw these and fell in love ) - I was going to make them until I went to Lowes and priced fixtures- almost the same price as just buying them! And she's from Maine, so thinking I might be able to opt for pick up and save on shipping...

 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/63349644/vintage-canning-jar-chandelier-created


you could totally make those and save the money!

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 I would limit towels to two per person.  If possible a shelf in the bathroom up high?  Clean clothing-under the bed storage boxes with the wheels so they roll in and out easy.  Clear plastic ones with labels on both ends.  Sheets-personally we have one set per bed.  But if you really wanted a spare set always store the set inside of one pillow case.  Those could also be stored under the bed.  Dirty clothes-what if you kept a rubbermaid tub in the trunk of  your car and kept them in there?  then you could just unload the tub at laundry mat , wipe out and reload with clean?  You could drill some holes in the plastic lid for air flow so things don't get stinky.

 

 

A rubbermaid in the trunk is a GREAT idea : ) We kinda do a lot of laundry now and are spoiled with a washer and dryer, so I am thinking I am going to end up doing a bit of hand washing/ making an honest effort to try and re wear more than we do (which means putting a bib on DS every time he eats : P ) 
 

 



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I have to figure out where to put the diaper pail because right now it resides in my room.  ICK!


 


DH is terrified of the diaper pail : P so it doesn't surprise me that he is concerned about where it is going to live in our new place, the bathroom is yet to be built so kinda hoping there might be a little nook we can stick it in. 

 

Thinking about getting a couple of these for lighting in the kitchen area (not going to be doing electric stuff for a while but I saw these and fell in love ) - I was going to make them until I went to Lowes and priced fixtures- almost the same price as just buying them! And she's from Maine, so thinking I might be able to opt for pick up and save on shipping...

 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/63349644/vintage-canning-jar-chandelier-created


you could totally make those and save the money! forget Lowes. they dont have a bargain-type center near you? even target or something may have some cheap lighting that you could turn into those.

post #43 of 52

okay so lighting... the chandelier reminds me! Our apt is going to be subfloor level (aka basement... its a small NYC victorian townhouse, this floor was originally the kitchen and servant area I guess). There are windows but no direct sun at all, and very little natural light in general. Lights are going to be really important! I want lots of options. Do you have some energy efficient, thrifty and space-efficient ideas? I haven't even started looking yet.

 

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Those canning jar lights are amazing!  So creative!

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re: diaper pail - a friend of mine used a wets bag hanging over the back of her bathroom door. She said it was great because she had to wash more frequently than she ever did with a diaper pail which could hold much more. 

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Maybe instead of a diaper pail you could get a three gallon icing bucket with tight sealing lid from a bakery?  More compact and odors won't escape.  Also add in TTO in the water.

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So as a little offshoot, I'm thinking of Christmas.  My kids don't need any toys, nor do we have the room, and yet they'll come home from their dad's house with a CAR LOAD!  It's really sad the waste of money.  And I have no idea what to do.  Anyone deal with relatives who way overspend and you don't have room in your small home?

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So as a little offshoot, I'm thinking of Christmas.  My kids don't need any toys, nor do we have the room, and yet they'll come home from their dad's house with a CAR LOAD!  It's really sad the waste of money.  And I have no idea what to do.  Anyone deal with relatives who way overspend and you don't have room in your small home?



Yep.  We have decluttered before the onslaught, tried to rein it in with hints, wishlists and complaints of no space.  Once the flurry is over, some will just be gotten rid of - charity, ebay, regifted.  I wish that the worst offenders lived closer so that the gifts could remain at their house - is that an option for you?

post #51 of 52

I'm on the hunt for a good book/mag about small apartment living.  It would be different if I owned my own (then I could put a wall or two of shelves).  It makes things difficult when you can't paint and are discouraged from putting holes in the walls (not that these walls can handle any weight.)

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So as a little offshoot, I'm thinking of Christmas.  My kids don't need any toys, nor do we have the room, and yet they'll come home from their dad's house with a CAR LOAD!  It's really sad the waste of money.  And I have no idea what to do.  Anyone deal with relatives who way overspend and you don't have room in your small home?



Yep.  We have decluttered before the onslaught, tried to rein it in with hints, wishlists and complaints of no space.  Once the flurry is over, some will just be gotten rid of - charity, ebay, regifted.  I wish that the worst offenders lived closer so that the gifts could remain at their house - is that an option for you?



Yeah it is an option.  I'm single and my kids' dad lives 15-20minutes away depending on traffic.  They see him 3 days per week so the toys would definitely get used.  Problem is, he lives in the basement and it's about 450sqft I'm guessing.  So I know he's gonna tell me that he doesn't have the room.  Ironic ey?  He's cluttering up my 800sqft home that houses 4 people while complaining that he has no room in his 450sqft basement apt with just himself.  :)  I look forward to that conversation.

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