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post #1 of 13
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So, we're preparing to add our #5 to our very small home (1200 sq feet).  We don't have the option to move right now, so this is fine (IMO, people have been having lots of kids in small houses forever, right?), I just need to strategize.  We have three *small* bedrooms, one where the boys sleep (DD is in with us still), and one is essentially a co-sleeping overflow room (DH goes in there with DS3, or I go in there with the baby, or by myself, or whatever- cosleepers, you understand, right?)

 

I'm considering having DH build triple bunks + a trundle so we can keep all the kids in one room (so as to hold onto my beloved overflow/guest room/nursery.  We also have a corner of our old, unfinished basement sectioned off into a playroom, which I'm hoping to fix up & expand. 

 

Anyone else making space in tight quarters?  I'm hoping others have some ideas.

post #2 of 13

We are in a 475 sf one bedroom.  When we were preparing for DD2, we moved DD1 from our bed into a toddler bed at the foot of our bed and added a minicrib right next to our bed.  I have a dresser for diapers and clothes next to that.  We will put this baby in the crib.  I would rather move to a two bedroom, but I don't know if it's in the cards for us now.  I know a family that did camp style bunk beds for their five kids and they really liked it.

 

We are also going to do a bit of a stuff purge.  We have pretty minimal possessions and I almost hate to purge stuff we might end up buying again, but at this point our house is feeling crowded.  Good thing babies don't need much space!

post #3 of 13
We are under 1200 square feet here. I feel your pain although this is #3 for us. Our bedrooms are small and right now one is set up for each of my kids although they still bedhop. We homeschool and right before we found out we were expecting I added bookshelves and redid the living room. My son turns 9 this week and he has a bedroom full of non-baby/toddler friendly legos and science stuff. My daughter will be 5 when baby comes. Her room is smaaaaalllll but she has a play kitchen that takes up one whole side of the room. She wants to be a chef. No room anywhere else in the house for the beloved kitchen. Our room is a small master and already crammed with dressers and a desk but it is the only place I see fitting the baby clothes and cloth diapers. We have no basement or play area to move toys to. I will be doing some serious planning on how to make this work. The market here stinks and we can't sell anytime in the near future or really afford more of a mortgage payment with another baby on the way. People do this all the time, I know this is doable, I think it must be easier without such an age gap but I look forward to hearing space saving ideas. :-)
post #4 of 13
Ps. I think the hardest thing is that eventually, once this baby isn't a baby anymore and has toys/interests of his or her own, someone is going to have to share a room. We are closeknit and my daughter still doesn't sleep alone, she either comes in with us or her brother, but we got comfortable in our "one bedroom for each kid" setup as far as toys/having your own space is concerned. I'm overthinking it but that is what I do best. ;-)
post #5 of 13

We are also in a 600 sf one bedroom and I'm really starting to freak out. I know plenty of people move into tiny houses or trailers and such, but I'm just not there mentally yet. I'm also sad that we don't have any outdoor space. My daughter's stuff is EVERYWHERE and figuring out where we're all going to be when this baby comes is making me nervous. We don't have a yard, balcony or garage, so there's literally nowhere to go. We have to live in LA for my husband's work and we can't afford anything else within a 20 mile radius.

 

I need to remember to breathe. I know this has to be doable. I just need to make some lists and take it one step at a time. Decluttering will be really helpful. We are also going to be homeschooling/unschooling, so I guess we'll be going on a lot of outings.

post #6 of 13

We have a two bedroom 1000 sqaure foot house and right now our 1-year-old and 3-year-old share a room.  I don't think they will be ready for a bunk bed for a few years, but I think we can make 3 beds/cribs work in their room if we take out the dresser and toys.  I'm hoping I can convince my husband to finish our basement (about 800 square feet) or move in the next two years.  I think we could stay here if we used the bedroom only for sleeping and the basement for playing.

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by SwanLake View Post

We have a two bedroom 1000 sqaure foot house and right now our 1-year-old and 3-year-old share a room.  I don't think they will be ready for a bunk bed for a few years, but I think we can make 3 beds/cribs work in their room if we take out the dresser and toys.  I'm hoping I can convince my husband to finish our basement (about 800 square feet) or move in the next two years.  I think we could stay here if we used the bedroom only for sleeping and the basement for playing.

We did a DIY trundle bed instead of bunk beds initially.  It's a bit of a space-saver.  But yes, most of our toys are downstairs, with only clothes & a few small things in their room.

post #8 of 13

We aren't particularly tight for space but we do have an (older style) not very large 3 bedroom house. This will be baby #2 so we'll use our last remaining room, but the problem is that right now that's where the dog crates are (dogs eat in there cause we do a raw diet) and about half of DDs toys. I have to figure out a way to shift that stuff somewhere without DD feeling displaced.

 

DD right now is in the smallest bedroom, and I'm wondering if it makes more sense to move her into the middle-sized one with some of the toys, or keep her in the current one and put me and baby in the middle room (since we'll likely be sleeping together for a few months at least and there is space in there for a single bed + a crib).

post #9 of 13
Moving from tiny quarters. smile.gif Currently I have 3 kids in one tiny room. Youngest has no dresser space. They have few toys, partly because we can't own anything decent in this apt. complex.
post #10 of 13
I have a basket for the child who had no drawer space. Lots of plastic totes for stuff.
post #11 of 13
We are a family of 3 in a one bedroom. We co-slept for a while and now have a toddler bed pushed up against our double. We keep baby's clothes in our captain's bed drawers and in a storage bin under his bed. Books are on the headboard and in the living room. Toys are in bins in the living room.

We're going to be moving into a two-bedroom with far less storage than where we are now but with a yard. I am so worried downsizing won't be enough, especially with another baby.
Edited by mayari - 8/13/13 at 5:46am
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by cyclamen View Post

We are in a 475 sf one bedroom.  When we were preparing for DD2, we moved DD1 from our bed into a toddler bed at the foot of our bed and added a minicrib right next to our bed.  I have a dresser for diapers and clothes next to that.  We will put this baby in the crib.  I would rather move to a two bedroom, but I don't know if it's in the cards for us now.  I know a family that did camp style bunk beds for their five kids and they really liked it.

 

We are also going to do a bit of a stuff purge.  We have pretty minimal possessions and I almost hate to purge stuff we might end up buying again, but at this point our house is feeling crowded.  Good thing babies don't need much space!

This is inspiring.  Yes, purging stuff!  I feel like I need to be organized and intentional and prioritize making a peaceful space for my family.  I buy most of my stuff at thrift stores anyhow, which makes it less painful if we do end up having to buy again, but I know what you mean.  

 

In the past I have used one drawer of my dresser to store baby clothes, and I think we'll do that again. Last year I pared down the kids clothes pretty significantly to 6 casual outfits, 1 dressy casual/church outfit, and one formal outfit. My biggest boys share a small dresser that holds their pants/shorts, pajamas, and underwear and socks.  All of their shirts are hung up in the closet, with slit CD size dividers.  DS3 has a tupperware bin that holds his pants/shorts/pajamas.  I think maybe we'll add another bar to their closet so that DD's clothes can get in there as well.

 

What do you all do for arts/crafts supply storage?  

post #13 of 13

I live in a 911 sq ft mobile home with nearly no yard to speak of, no garage, no basement, 1 cat, 2 birds, myself, my two daughters and their father. My daughters are 8 and 7 years old and share the second bedroom which houses their bunkbed, clothing, toys, games, and books. There are two bedrooms, one bathroom with laundry, an enclosed arctic entry/porch which is used for storage along with a small outdoor shed. I live in Alaska, so only certain items can be stored in those two spaces. The living/dining/kitchen is a big open space approximately 26 by 13 feet. I do plan to cosleep with this third baby as I did with my first two. I have been trying to downsize unnecessary possessions in anticipation of the added family member. Our arts/crafts supplies are kept in a 4 drawer plastic cart on wheels. 

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