I'm having my first baby in April/May, and now that hand me downs have started rolling in, I'm quickly realizing we need to make room for baby stuff NOW. We live in a smallish two bedroom apartment, which doesn't sound too bad, except that we moved from a three bedroom house and lack a ton of storage space. We have a tiny kitchen w/no dishwasher and little counter space, and our second bedroom is already taken up by a futon, bookshelf, and other furniture.
We're planning to have the baby in our room and set up a clothes/diaper storage/changing area (dresser w/changing pad) in the second bedroom. We also have a small closet we can keep some stuff in. However, I really need help figuring out how to keep other stuff--toys, books, etc. that I'm sure people will give us--from taking over.
If you lived in a small space with a baby, how did you make it work? Are there any storage systems you can recommend for toys, etc.? My main concern is creating places to put everything so that it isn't just all over the floor all the time.
Any success stories from people in similar situations are much appreciated!