Let me just say that if I had two "typical" children I would not even be making this post. Stick the kids in bunk beds in one room and I'd take the other...end of story. Because of the rising rent here and also my desire to work less hours, I've decided to move back to a small 2 bedroom apartment.
I considered taking one bedroom, giving one to my son, and using the living room as my DD's bedroom. It would work and I've done it before, but I don't like it. At all. And DD's medical stuff takes up so much room, her and DS won't physically fit in one bedroom. So I think I'll give one bedroom to her and one to DS and I'll just do without for now. This is temporary, 2 years max.
So I have lots of ideas already about how to make us fit. I'm just looking for more ideas...stuff I haven't thought of yet.
I'm getting rid of my kitchen table and getting a 2 seater breakfast table. Our dining area will be so small even my small, round 4 seater will be too big.
I'm giving up my bed. DD is getting mine. I don't trust her in a twin, since she tends to fling herself around. But if I put her in the middle of a full, she'll be fine. This also gives me the option of sleeping with her when I need to. We're no strangers to co-sleeping. For the nights I can't or don't want to sleep with her I'm getting one of these. Bonus: When she's in the living room, she can lay on it if she's not up for sitting in her wheelchair.
I'm getting rid of my futon. It's big and bulky, doesn't make a comfortable bed and it's the type that is a pain in the butt to switch from a couch to a bed. I'm going to get 2 saucer chairs for our living room instead. They can be folded up and put out of the way when we aren't using them.
I'm making the living room our "homeschool area". The computer will be there (I'm getting rid of the tv since we mostly just watch netflix on the computer anyway), plus the bookshelf, storage towers with supplies, whiteboard, calendar, etc. DD's wheelchair will mostly stay in the the living room, in front of the closet where the furnace/water heater are since it doesn't have to be opened often. So that will still be our "communal" area, just not set up like a typical living room.
DS's room isn't a big deal. He doesn't have a ton of toys or clothes and he already has a loft bed. My clothes will fit in his closet.
For the bathroom I'm getting one of those towers that sits over the toilet that has a shelf and cabinet. I'm getting an over the door towel rack.
For the pantry I'm getting an over the door storage rack as well. Really, every door will probably have some type of over the door thing going on.
Any extra medical supplies or equipment we aren't using right this minute I'm storing at my mom's. There is a little closet space that I can fit the stuff we don't need all the time (xmas decorations, fabric, etc).
DD's room will be the hardest. I'm going to get one of these because UP is better than OUT. I think most of her daily medical supplies will fit. I can also get some under the bed storage containers.
Is there ANYTHING significant I could be doing that I haven't thought of yet? Obviously I have been getting rid of stuff. I don't have a lot anyway. We're not overflowing with toys or clothes or anything.
I'm worried about the kitchen. It has a pantry, but it is TINY. Pic here.
Sooo...hit me with it! And kudos if you've actually made it through the whole post! LOL