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#1 of 7 Old 06-07-2008, 10:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi everyone! I am new here. I hope I am posting this in the right place. I looked at all the boards and this thread seems as appropriate as any.

Okay, so my husband and I live in a 2-bedroom townhouse style condo (both bedrooms upstairs). We would like to move, but our real estate market is the pits and selling before the baby comes is highly unlikely (she's due 9/26).

Both the bedrooms have queen-sized beds. My DH wants to keep it that way. He doesn't want to turn one room specifically into a nursery (partly because he snores and I sometimes kick him out!). I'm fine with that. I am considering co-sleeping in the beginning anyway. But I'd like to have a "nook" area in our master bedroom for the baby's stuff (crib, clothes, etc). Does anyone have experience with this? This is an example of a closet-turned-baby-nook: http://firstimpressionsbaby.blogspot...bout-baby.html

I like the space-saving use of shelves and racks for clothing. I have a closet in my room, but it's a large walk-in closet so that won't work. I have no idea how to do this in a corner area of the room. Where would I hang clothing or store baby items if it were in the corner? How would I put shelving like in the above example?

Any suggestions?

Thank you so much!

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Welcome to MDC, Shannon!

Could you put the baby's nook near your closet, so clothes and extra supplies could be in there? They'd be nearby but not right out in your room.

Any pictures of the room you're talking about? That could help a lot with ideas and suggestions.
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We're not using a crib at all, but we're putting a changing table/dresser combo in a corner of our room. Most of the baby's things will be there (clothes can go in the drawers, diapers and wipes can be stacked in a basket on the end of the top of the dresser), so it won't take up a whole lot of space.

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Neato idea. Just don't go overboard with fancy things to make it work, just use what you've got or be sensible, you know?

Fwiw, we've got two kiddos (4.5yo boy, 2yo boy) with all their stuff in their room with a queen bed, a dresser for each of their clothes (so hubby and grandma don't get confused about who's clothes are who's), diapers on a high shelf on the wall above the "changing table" (aka the 2yo's low dresser), and the new baby's clothes in stacking baskets on top of the 4.5yo's taller dresser. Here's a photo of that setup so that makes sense... I'm practically sitting on the queen bed in there - it's not that big a room.

And keep in mind you don't *always* have to hang up kid clothing. The things I have hanging in the boys' closet? Halloween costumes, winter coats, snowpants, some new things still on hangers that I haven't washed yet (like size 7 stuff for my 4.5yo), and a stash of outgrown stuff or things I really dislike on hangers awaiting the next consignment sale I decide to try and unload a bunch of stuff at.

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I agree with not going overboard... erspecially if you're trying to sell you don't want to create the "perfect" nook only to find it wont fit into your new home or that it's impossible the take apart/move easily.

For clothing storage I lik the hanging type you can find at IKEA for just a few dollars... like http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10116509 (we used these for diapers, baby blankets/urp towels, other bulky things we wanted close at hand) or http://www.seenonstyle.com/detail.ph...02a47de9112136 (we use these for the clothing... socks in one cubby, shorts in another, etc).

However, if wrinkles bother you maybe hang a few items in your master closet and then "cubby" the rest? I love that as the girls get older they're able to find their own clothes and put them away again in these cubby hangers.

For a long time our baby area was the pack n play (clothing to be grown into was kept in the bottom of the pack/play, at-hand supplies often lived in the sleeping area since we co-sleep, and the changing attachment was our only "official" diaper spot), a few hanging storage bags, and a small bookcase with baskets for storage. Over time the bookcase turned into a toy case for dd1 and the hangers are still in use 4 years later.

If you did decide to use a bookcase or chest as part of the nook you could use it to form a sort of "wall". For example, have the pack/play pushed into a corner, place the bookcase along the foot of the pack/play, and hang the big storage units from ceiling hooks so they are at "hand height" while you change diapers or get your little one dressed. If you're using the co-sleeper as an actual side car attached to the bed sleep area then just create a "nook" using the bookcase and maybe a dresser.

Congrats on the new babe, and good luck with selling your house! We sold our old place when dd2 was 7mo and it was a circus trying to keep the house looking good for showing with a toddler and a newborn... but it can be done! Good luck!

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Thank you all for your suggestions. I agree not to go overboard. This condo is more for the older crowd, so I don't think that creating a perfect little nook is the right idea when we are going to be trying to sell. I just want an organized place to put everything. I have issues with clutter and I need to move past them. With babies come clutter, at least to a certain extent. I don't want to be one of those moms that are adamant in keeping everything perfect. That's no way to live. I need to keep this in perspective.
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We had a one bedroom flat when DD was born and we utilized a closed door armoire for her stuff: a clothes rod for hanging items with a shelf underneath for baskets of small items (hair bows and socks) and two drawers for clothing. I stored all clothing according to size in the drawers and hung everything she could currently wear. We also had a changing table with two shelves underneath that we used to store dipes/bibs and baby care items.

I know you can also get sliding "drawers" to fit underneath of a crib, which are hidden by a cribskirt.

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