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Hi everyone!

[ETA: All of the rooms are here now except for the little laundry room/back entrance where our washer and dryer are. It's full of laundry and more stuff ready to got out to a thrift store right now! But the bedroom and bathroom and front entrance are all there now.]

I don't know the square footage but we downsized our four-person family from a HUGE three bedroom apartment (over 1000sf at least) to a small one bedroom in February.

Photos at my blog:

Front entrance
Bedroom
Clothes Storage
Bathroom
Living Room
Kitchen

Everything isn't perfect yet but I like how it's coming together so far!

I will post the bathroom and bedroom photos tomorrow!

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Feel free to offer decorating/organizing advice, I am certainly no Delight, and, we are on a skinny budget.

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It looks great!

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It is beautiful, crisp and clean! Did you get to paint it or was it already like that?
It looks very nice and uncluttered!
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It looks so crisp and clean, as well as warm and inviting. I am looking forward to seeing your bedroom / clothes storage solution with two children.

I love your sons play corner! What a great idea, where did you get it? :

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It's beautiful!! It looks so bright, warm, and inviting.

You'd never know it was a small place to look at your pictures.

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It looks great!

We'll be moving to a much smaller place in a few weeks and I am really looking forward to downsizing everything

But the books...
I have to figure a way to let go of the books
We're planning to downsize to a total of 5 6' bookcases
Gawd I need to get over these pieces of paper with a binding glued to them

You place looks gorgeous though!!

What was the hardest to get rid of?
How did the kids do with downsizing?

ds2, who is 4, is already set on we are taking *everything* with us.
Luckily his idea of everything isn't too inclusive...

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The play structure with the slide is awesome! Where did you find it?
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Thank you, everyone!

We got rid of a LOT of stuff over the winter/early spring, before we moved and afterward too as we sorted through what fit in our new place, what we didn't need, etc.

We were fortunate that the walls were already painted those pretty colors when we moved in. I would love to re-paint some of the rooms to brighter colors, but since we aren't going to stay here too long I don't know if it would really make sense.

The wood play gym was a free giveaway from a daycare near where we live. What a great find that was! We are very grateful for it (especially during the winter months when it gets too cold for the playground at the park.)

The living room and kitchen are the largest areas of the apartment, which is perfect for us. We don't feel like we're living in a small apartment. The bedroom is small, but that's fine. I look forward to showing our clothes storage tomorrow.

The hardest to get rid of was all the baby clothing I was saving, and all the things we were just saving "for a rainy day". My two sons are in toddler sizes now and if we have another baby we'll just get baby clothes then. The other stuff- I don't even rememebr what it was! I don't miss the books we eliminated either. I don't really miss anything. On the contrary, I am still finding about one small bag of stuff to get rid of every week . . .

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Your space is beautiful! It looks so warm and cozy, and so uncluttered.

Thanks for sharing.
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Wish I could move in.

Wish I knew what the exact wall colors are. I love the walls.

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So cute! Love it! Great job setting up the rooms.
And your family is beautiful!
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Very sweet and homey! Love your blog too.

Blessings,

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I really like the slide thing!

It's very simple and cute!

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Wish I could move in.

Wish I knew what the exact wall colors are. I love the walls.
Thank you! The walls are a light, warm yellow. Kind of lemony except here is definitely a bit of a red undertone to the color, which makes it almost a pale gold color. HTH.

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It's all there now!

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just amazing! thanks for sharing what an inspiration!!!

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Your home is beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration, I've been in a decluttering slump lately.
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Thank you everyone, the appreciation is very gratifying. I have a 6mo and an almost-3-yo so this project hasn't been easy, lol! But it makes me so happy to live here.

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very nice

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You've done a wonderful job. It looks great!
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gorgeous,so crisp and clean.
I love the dresser in your bedroom,where did you find it??

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Me likey! You have a similar style to what I like and the colors are wonderful. Here's the thing I always wonder about...what do you do when you want to get "busy" w/dh? We've had kids walk in on us a couple of times and I can't imagine getting it on with them a foot away.

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gorgeous,so crisp and clean.
I love the dresser in your bedroom,where did you find it??
Thank you! The dresser was a baby shower gift and I can't remember what company makes it-- some children's furniture company.

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Here's the thing I always wonder about...what do you do when you want to get "busy" w/dh? We've had kids walk in on us a couple of times and I can't imagine getting it on with them a foot away.
We have never dtd in this bedroom. If it's during the day we usually wait until DS2 is napping (or when he is still asleep in the morning) and we have to make use of the TV babysitter for DS1. Then we sneak off to the bathroom. Or at night after the boys are both sleeping we dtd in the living room or kitchen. We are pretty creative. :

We utilize a fan in the bedroom for white noise and we use a heavier-weight curtain on the bedroom doorway to block some noise so we can watch TV or do other things . . . . We had the door of the bedroom left off because it takes up too much room inside the bedroom when the door is open.

We do have to be a little bit quiet when the boys are sleeping but we're used to it by now. The white noise helps a lot in blocking out other sounds that could wake them.

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we have never dtd in this bedroom. If it's during the day we usually wait until DS2 is napping (or when he is still asleep in the morning) and we have to make use of the TV babysitter for DS1. Then we sneak off to the bathroom. Or at night after the boys are both sleeping we dtd in the living room or kitchen. We are pretty creative. :

We utilize a fan in the bedroom for white noise and we use a heavier-weight curtain on the bedroom doorway to block some noise so we can watch TV or do other things . . . . We had the door of the bedroom left off because it takes up too much room inside the bedroom when the door is open.

We do have to be a little bit quiet when the boys are sleeping but we're used to it by now. The white noise helps a lot in blocking out other sounds that could wake them.

That's hysterical...thanks for the candor

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We have never dtd in this bedroom. If it's during the day we usually wait until DS2 is napping (or when he is still asleep in the morning) and we have to make use of the TV babysitter for DS1. Then we sneak off to the bathroom. Or at night after the boys are both sleeping we dtd in the living room or kitchen. We are pretty creative. :

We utilize a fan in the bedroom for white noise and we use a heavier-weight curtain on the bedroom doorway to block some noise so we can watch TV or do other things . . . . We had the door of the bedroom left off because it takes up too much room inside the bedroom when the door is open.

We do have to be a little bit quiet when the boys are sleeping but we're used to it by now. The white noise helps a lot in blocking out other sounds that could wake them.
Ohhhh thats funny! Love it!:
We co-sleep with our son so I know all about the bathroom, living and dining areas..:
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We have never dtd in this bedroom. If it's during the day we usually wait until DS2 is napping (or when he is still asleep in the morning) and we have to make use of the TV babysitter for DS1. Then we sneak off to the bathroom. .
We use to be a noTV family for years until my mother gave us a tv (yuck) and some videos (even more yuck!) and so we let the kids watch one and discovered... hey, the kiddums are content and occupied and that movie lasts over an hour (someone told me that saturday morning cartoons were made just for this purpose)... and now we are completely addicted. I always scratch my head when people say tv is fine for kids as long as you aren't using it as a babysitter because that's the only thing I think it's good for!
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I always scratch my head when people say tv is fine for kids as long as you aren't using it as a babysitter because that's the only thing I think it's good for!

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A tiny but OT but...

I think it is absolutely hilarious that sometimes I go into people's houses and think..."you know? they have kids. I know they have probably dtd in every room of their hosue...here? here? Ugh, woah...ok gotta stand up "

Then I laugh to my self and think of how many times we have had a party and how many times people have thought the same thing about us and our house...

Or, gods, am I the only one who thinks like this?:

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Very cute!!!!!
why did you guys have to downsize out of curiosity?
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A tiny but OT but...

I think it is absolutely hilarious that sometimes I go into people's houses and think..."you know? they have kids. I know they have probably dtd in every room of their hosue...here? here? Ugh, woah...ok gotta stand up "

Then I laugh to my self and think of how many times we have had a party and how many times people have thought the same thing about us and our house...

Or, gods, am I the only one who thinks like this?:
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Nope I am worried about this as people know we co-sleep.. I always think they are thinking "eww yuck gross.." But, I know we are not the only ones having "fun" out of the bed, so I think about it when I sit on our freinds couch as well...
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