Thought I'd update that we are all in Seattle now, in our new home! DP moved in July 1, and we ended up joining him on the 10th (was supposed to be later, but ran into a snafu with Amtrak due to the storms out east, so we decided to come out early).
Loving our new apartment! Feels a lot more spacious, and has tons more storage- except for the kitchen, which is TINY. We decided to have no dressers in the bedrooms, which helps a lot. The closets are plenty big to fit our clothes. We sold a lot of our furniture before the move, so we've been spending a lot of time on craigslist/ at ikea and have mostly switched to Expedit storage for the entire house. Not always the most efficient, but having all the same makes it easier to switch things around, and they generally have a good resale value as well if we don't need them when we move again.
Too many books! We have a 5x5cubes expedit bookshelf full, plus the kids chapter books in their room, and two 18 gallon tubs of adult fiction we still don't have a home for. DP definitely is the worth offender here. Lots of art reference books and gaming manuals in particular.
Kitchen- Sooo tiny. Almost no counter space whatsoever. What little there is is taken by the microwave, toaster oven, and drying rack, with two little 6 inch sections on either side of the stove. We put all of our other appliances in the closet under the stairs. We got a bunch of jars at Ikea this weekend that fit into one of the drawers, and can use those for a lot of our dried goods storage I think. Thankfully the grocery store closest to us has an amazing bulk foods section that is quite affordable. But just awkwardly sized cabinets and such that are going to make getting at our food really awkward. Also, no idea where to put a kitchen garbage can/recycling bin. There just isn't space for one.
Need to figure out how we are laying out our bedroom post-baby. We plan to cosleep, but may want a pack and play set up for naps some of the time. We got a glider off of craigslist this weekend. Need to figure out baby clothes storage- do we get a cheap dresser, or more expedit furniture or ??? Not sure how much stuff we will have yet and we are trying not to go overboard, but will need somewhere to put stuff sooner rather than later.
Ideas for storing toys of the adult sort, ideally locking. Right now we have a fugly cabinet (originally intended for VHS tapes) in the closet, but I'd like to have something next to the bed and just get rid of that. Any suggestions?