Its in a great location- the thing that makes it hard is the SPACE. I am feeling cramped.. but I know if I had an interior decorator to help me she could show me how to make it work better!!
We will have to get rid of our desk in the 2nd bedroom to make room for baby stuff.. maybe we will end up putting a small table in the living room ( if thats even possible) as some sort of " desk" area..
I have about 4 large boxes of my old kid stuff that I am just storing here in the closet which is taking up a lot of space.. I think I am going to see if I can store them at my dads house
Maybe I will take pictures and that will help you to help me?!
I think the biggest concern of having two bedrooms will be not having and office and not having my own sort of desk space
how do YOU do it, living in small spaces with lots of people and stuff?
Are you planning on cosleeping? I would so highly recommend it, not only for attachment sake, but for space saving -- even if you all don't sleep in the exact same bed, why not sidecar babe's crib for a while and have storage underneath for his/her things? Babies really don't need much at all -- it is when they get older that they start accumulating things
Is there a way you can make the second bedroom do double-duty as an office/nursery if you are not planning on cosleeping? I saw they did something to that effect on HGTV -- not sure which show but it looked great! It was a guest room/nursery/office -- oh, I think it was Colorsplash -- google it and perhaps you will find something!
Also, have you thought about doing more decluttering? We live completely comfortably in about 1000 sf for the three of us, two bedroom -- and like I said, we could completely welcome one or even two more babes in here because we have gotten rid of so much stuff and a lot of our stuff does double duty. For instance, our kitchen *look through* countertop is our *desk* for our laptop. The drawer underneath the countertop houses the laptop when we need the space, and the cabinet under that is for all our *office* stuff. No need for a desk. Our bookshelf houses our TV (it is not too big), no TV stand or "entertianment center". Dd's room doesn't have a lot of toys at all -- we spend a lot of time being creative with "non" toys (like sticks, rocks, empty boxes etc that can be decluttered when we are finished with them).
You just have to think outside the box.
Congrats on your new babe!
I bet if you do a good de-cluttering of your house, you'll start to see the possibilities of how you can reorganize and rearrange things.
Sorry to say, but I cringed for a moment when you said you have 4 large boxes of old kid stuff in the closet that you may send to your dad's for storage! My guess is, if it's your childhood stuff it was probably at your dad's house to begin with.. either way, don't put the burden back on someone else. Go through it before the baby comes, and only keep what's truly truly dear to you.. I had a hard time with this.. I wanted to keep everything from my childhood because of the memories it created, and my favorite excuse "I kept it for 20 years.. how can I toss it now?". The big issue is your "old life" is getting in the way of your "new life".. your new baby deserves a nice clutter free space of their own, and it's time to make new memories and not be bogged down by old ones, and to set a good example for your child. Just keep a few select pieces you love, and perhaps display them on a shelf in the baby's room. dh and I share one "memory box".... we only kept things like our diplomas, our wedding invitation and the like, a few cards from when we dated, and then from my childhood I have my newborn tshirt, my mickeymouse hat, a couple shells from a memorable vacation, my childhood "leftie" scissors (that's a silly one, but they're special to me), and a couple pieces of gradeschool artwork and writings. I got rid of everything else: stuffed animals, knickknacks, report cards, yearbooks, newspapers. Sure it's nice and it's memories, but it's just stuff.. I won't lose my identity when I toss it.
Enough rambling! hope it helped.
Katie, sahm to two wild and crazy guys (8/07) and (3/10) and their sweet new baby sister (4-1-13)
I second the thinking outside the box. We live in 920-something square feet with our DS and our menagerie of animals. We could easily have more children in this house, and have no plans of moving.
First, get rid of stuff. Seriously, if you don't do it now, you'll be doing it when the baby's here and you'll be stressed. (Does this sound like the voice of experience or what? ) Our DS has a bookshelf in the living room for toys, and DH and I each have one for our "toys" in the second bedroom. That's all the toy space we allow ourselves. I have an addiction to books, so we've filled lots of empty wall space lining the ceiling (where nothing ever is put) with shelves to hold them. If they don't fit in our ceiling shelves, they have to be traded with another book so that they do.
We also cosleep, and put our bed in the smaller of the bedrooms. We have a bed and the dog crate in there. That's all. Our dressers, closets, and our "study" is in the master suite. All we do is sleep in the bedroom, so it can be a little room big enough for only a bed.
If you look at a boat, lots of stuff is on the walls and underneath horizontal surfaces. Hang stuff up, get chairs and benches with storage underneath them, and pare down your life.
Living in a small place is just fantastic. You learn to appreciate what you have and you learn so much about your family. Enjoy!
Sara , Keith , Toby 6/08, Nomi 4/10, Mona 1/12
Mama of three, lover, student rabbi, spoonie, friend, musician, narcoleptic, space muffin, pretty much a dragon. Crunchy like matzoh.
Don't think that each room has to be used traditionally, or that you have to use that room the same way the whole time you are there. Right now, one bedroom is a playroom, and everyone sleeps in the master bedroom. As the boys grow, they will want to move into sleeping in their own bedroom. Then we will continue to share the master bedroom with our daughter. (We plan to move when she's about 3 or 4-- we'll see-- then she can get her own room.)
Our dining room functions as a dining room and office space (where I am now!) (I got this idea from looking at IKEA catalogs!) Think functional for YOU, not traditional!
Our bedroom closets store more than clothes, they also store sewing items, tools, etc. It's our general storage space.
Your space will be different, but just look at it creatively and think about the way you really live. Living rooms can be sleeping rooms, too, especially with a sofa bed.
♥ blogger astrologer mom to three cool kiddos, and trying to figure out this divorce thing-- Blossom and Glow ♥
dh and I share one "memory box".... we only kept things like our diplomas, our wedding invitation and the like, a few cards from when we dated, and then from my childhood I have my newborn tshirt, my mickeymouse hat, a couple shells from a memorable vacation, my childhood "leftie" scissors (that's a silly one, but they're special to me), and a couple pieces of gradeschool artwork and writings. I got rid of everything else: stuffed animals, knickknacks, report cards, yearbooks, newspapers. Sure it's nice and it's memories, but it's just stuff.. I won't lose my identity when I toss it.
I have only one other childhood item not in the box, that is currently stored at my dad's house-- my old dollhpouse that he made for me by hand. That is being held in storage for my unborn daughter. DH has only one other thing from his childhood that is not in the box-- one of his yearbooks from highschool which we keep on the bookshelf (I threw mine away). But everything else has been released. With my wedding dress, for instance, I sold it, but I kept the peice of cloth that was trimmed from the hem when we shortened it, and folded it up in a tiny plastic bag. So it is something tiny that I keep for sentimental reasons. Another thing you can do is take pictures of special things before you let them go. Then you can keep the pictures forever. Pictures are much easier to store.
♥ blogger astrologer mom to three cool kiddos, and trying to figure out this divorce thing-- Blossom and Glow ♥
and about the kid stuff in boxes.. it's all my collector dolls ( that I will NOT get rid of because they are collectables and worth money) and my old books that I will also not get rid of. It's not like random dolls and school memories and stuff
You can probably keep the baby in your room for a year or longer depending on how you feel it works for your family. Also the closet in my son's bedroom is storage for our stuff. He has some clothing in there but it is mostly other things. You have time to go through the stuff and decide what is important to you.
When we lived in larger homes, so much space was wasted or just used for storing stuff we did not need. In our big house we used the kitchen, bedroom, living room, bathroom and part of the office. That meant that 3 bedrooms, a dining room, garage and basement were just used to hold junk. Even in our other two bedroom the second bedroom primarily held junk. Our current apartment is small but we use all of it for living.
I know this post has turned into me telling you about our experience but my advice is to look at your stuff. What do you actually use? What are you storing in your home? Decluttering doesn't have to be done in a day. I think it is best done over time. When you use something and realize it doesn't work or you don't like it then get rid of it. When you want to make space for something new, get rid of the stuff that is just taking up space. If you aren't using something but you paid good money for it, then sell it. Either you will be able to get some money for it or realize it isn't really worth much money. The incentive of a little money can make parting with stuff easier.
Good luck and congratulations on your pregnancy.
The bedroom was just the sleeping room. I set it up with a cute country/bear theme (blue walls and pictures of bears playing in the wild on the walls). We had two beds in there (a tot bed and a queen size), and one dresser that all four of us shared (we had to trim down our wardrobes somewhat to get everything to fit in the one dresser and little closet).
The living room was large, so we set it up with one corner as a playroom, where all the toys were stored. We had downsized the toys considerably to fit the space. Another corner of the living room had the TV. On the other side, one corner of the living room had the computer desk area, and another corner was our "dining area". This was because there was no room for a table in the kitchen. In that apartment, we had more storage space in the laundry room/entry room in the back (I miss that!)
Have fun planning creatively!
♥ blogger astrologer mom to three cool kiddos, and trying to figure out this divorce thing-- Blossom and Glow ♥
Our first apartment as a family was two bedrooms, two bathrooms, maybe 850 sq ft.
Our home that we bought was 2 bedrooms and one bathroom, 680 sq ft. We had a garage with that one. Honestly: it was small but we really loved it.
Our current place is one bedroom, one bathroom, and about 900 sq ft. Each room is pretty large, which helps with the feeling of openness. And the kitchen rocks. We really love this place, and the size is not too hard as long as we keep our clutter and possessions in control.
I had to laugh. We just moved out of a one-bedroom apartment that we shared with our two sons. Now we are in a two-bedroom apartment that we will share with two sons and a new daughter.
3 kids here, 2 bedrooms. It's fine. Babies don't need rooms.
Ikea can help you with storage stuff etc!
It's amazing what you don't need. I think we had a bed for DH and I, a crib for DS, a toddler bed for DD, one dresser for us all, a tiny dining table w/ chairs, 2 couches, a chair, a tv stand and a coffee table. That's about it.
To make space, we double-rodded the tiny closets and hung what we could, had only the necessary baking/cooking/eating items in the kitchen, used shelves in the minuscule mud/laundry room for household items, used the space underneath the beds for storage, hung plants from the ceiling, didn't have many (if any) knick knacks o clutter the space, used the dining table as a table and desk.
Gone but not fogotten.
"Be careful how you speak to your children. One day it will become their inner voice." ~ Peggy O' Mara
Cloth diapering, babywearing and co-sleeping has been a way of life for almost a decade now
Mama to DS (3/7/06), DSD (11/17/02), DD (1/16/08 ) , DS2 (5/30/10) and Baby Quinn (R.I.P 3/22/13)
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/bost...uestion-068267 just an example of the closet office idea
I do have to say that we lucked out with the layout we got, and that made a huge difference.
And someone mentioned IKEA. AWESOME for small space living. DD has a bed that is not only a captain's bed, but also pulls out into a king sized bed. Our sofa rolls out into a queen sized bed (all our family lives in Erie, so we are anticipating lots of visits while we are in San Antonio!).
Our kitchen isn't too big, but the Container Store has awesome storage ideas for utilizing doors, putting extra shelves in cabinets, under shelf storage w/in the cabinets.
We have two walk-in closets and an outdoor storage closet, but using closet organizers for the two walk-in closets let us really utilize the space within them. And we even have the dressers in the master bdrm closet!
The only thing I am about is that the master bdrm is also the study. But it works well for DH. He is in law school, and it lets him work until about midnite, and then he just gets up and crawls into bed. We got an awesome desk that is really more of a large table, but it gives him space for spreading out with books/notes and we still have room for the compy screen and printer.
My one thing with living in the small space- everything matches. It seems to make the space flow better. To me, if everything was hodge-podge, it would make the space seem smaller. But that's just me.
Proud Catholic (30) and mama to V (10)
I can't say that it is "working" but it could work if I didn't have so many issues. We all sleep in the same bedroom and use the other one as a playroom/clothes storages.
We've done so much decluttering over the years. We've gotten rid of a lot of furniture. Our coffee table, for instance. We always used it, but it really took up lots of space in our living room. We got an atique 7-Up crate that funky and we use that whenever we need somethig to put a drink on. Instead of a computer desk, we have http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00120818 in our kitchen. If we need more space, we just move our laptop to the kitchen table and spread out. If you don't have a laptop, you could get a tiny computer station and a foldable table to use when you need more space.
Our buffet in the eating area doubles as a buffet and storage space (we keep the kids' arts/crafts and homework stuff there). In the living room we had enough VISA points to buy a tv for the wall and we sold our tv cabinet.
In the kids' room, we have put a few shelves high up on the wall for the items they don't use much or will need when they're older. Their laundry basket hangs off of the doorknob of their door. They have bunkbeds (although they both sleep together on the bottom bunk right now)
We use wall space well - shelves, hooks, etc. You can often get rid of small bookshelves and cabinets by using the wall space better. Especially in closets!
I go through their toy boxes and clothes every few months. We use the library tons instead of having a ton of their own books.
I can't think of much else right now, but we've leaned these things over the years and I'm amazed and how much stuff we used to have that was totally uncessary. When it's tidied, it doesn't feel cramped at all. Good luck!
Once you get into the swing of things, it almost becomes like a game to see how little you can live with. The library suggestion above was big for me -- we used to have a ton of books and stuff hanging around .... that we only looked at maybe a couple of times a year. Otherwise they were just nice to look at. Now, we let the library store our books and we only have about 25 books -- though I could take that lower if I really tried. Same with dd, now she can treat books respectfully, we got rid of a ton of her books and take lots out of the library.
Oh, throwing out my "thin" clothes also freed up *a lot* of closet space too
We also use the bedroom is a sleeping room idea. We only sleep and read in there. Would be the same if we had kids, all the people just sleep in there. Unlike MIL I don't believe in sending kids away to their own rooms to watch TV alone all evening.
In our old apartment we had the computer desk in the living room and I kept my laptop on the dining table. I'm not sure if we could do that in our current living room because we now have an upright freezer and a big dog crate in there, so the spare bedroom is the computer room/office.
If you're feeling cramped, you probably have too much furniture. We only have a 2-seater loveseat and a small TV w/stand for "normal" furniture in the living room. The dog crate and cat box serve as endtables and we don't have a coffee table because there just isn't room. Also without a coffee table we can spread pillows and lay in front of the TV if we want to. For kiddos we could have bean bag chairs on the floor, and then put them on the couch if we needed floorspace.
For furniture in the bedoom we only have a bed, small bookcase and small chest of drawers. No dresser or other furniture. I have a quilt rack that holds spare blankets handy to grab if we wake up cold.
We have one big closet for the whole house, and a small coat-sized closet. We downsized our wardrobes until everything fits into our half of the closet. Everything hangs except underwear and winter items because we don't have room for dressers. We could probably hang a second lower bar for childrens' small items.
My house can get cluttery. Partly because not everything has a place right now. I'm always working on getting it all organized and trying not to bring home any extra stuff. Also I'm alway figuring out better ways to do things. For example I just hung a spring loaded shower curtain rod across the hallway to add more drying room since we hang dry everything. It doesn't take up any space when not in use !
I got just an iPod, with a cable so it can be hooked into my house stereo and car stereo. I no longer need all the CD's that I have lying around because I can carry my entire music collection all at once. Once I make sure it is all on my computer and iPod I won't need the CDs anymore. That will help declutter my computer area!
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So if you want you can get a trundle like that and take it down during the day but use it as a kind sized bed for the family at night. The same bed was once used in our room as a king sized for the whole family (yup- all 5 of us in 1 bed!).
ETA- We own no dressers. We hang up all of our clothes and DH and I keep our undies and PJs in our nightstand (it has 2 drawers) while we have 3 baskets in the girl's closet for their undies and PJs.
My advice is to look around and decide what you can live without. Keep only what you love. If you look at an item and it doesn't give you good feelings, throw it out (unless it's necessary for survival).
Also, look for storage that goes UP rather than OUT. Tall, skinny bookcases, shelves on the walls, stackable storage units, etc. are a good idea in small spaces.
Congrats on your baby!
Megan Davidson, Labor & Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, Anthropologist, Mom to August (9) and Clay (4), Partner to Shawn.
The biggest thing that helps me is to realize that any given configuration doesn't have to work FOREVER, it just needs to meet our current needs. We have had a variety of arrangements over the years. 1 sleeping room, a playroom, and a storage room. Cosleeping room, kids room (more for toys that sleeping, but they did have beds), and office. 2 sleeping rooms and a library. Bedroom/office, big kid room, little kid room. You get the idea
Right now I have the boys (7 and 5) in one room and the girls (3 and 1) in another while dh and I have our own room (though lately all 4 end up with us except the youngest, she cosleeps full time still). Our office space changes as our bedroom needs do. Our dining area changes as our space does. Furniture comes and goes. It really just needs to be about what will fit our needs and keep us from feeling squished. I do find that as the kids get older they need their own space, not necessarily for sleep, but just to keep their stuff and get a little time away from the rest of us to get lost in play, books, daydreams, etc. This space can also be flexible as long as it feels like it is THEIRS.
Less stuff is key! We need to keep down the stuff we have. In the end it is just stuff and our happiness/sanity is so much more valuable than relics from the past!
I don't really think we use a lot of tricks to manage the space, honestly... I use the dining table as my desk (with the laptop) and dh either sits at the table or on the couch with his laptop, so no need for desks. We have 3 bookcases in our bedroom and 1 in the dining room, plus a kid's size bookcase in the living room. Other than that our furniture is fairly minimal but it's all full size. For some reason that seems more spacious to us than having scaled-down furniture. We started off with a loveseat, armchair, coffee table, and footstool, but last year we switched to just a full sized couch with a footstool and the living room seems more spacious now. We also have a TV stand (pretty big, actually) in there. The dining room has a full size table with 4 regular chairs and a Svan chair. There's also an Ikea storage unit for toys in the dining room/living room (it's an open room, really).
Probably the main thing we did to save space when we started having kids was just not buying any of the typical baby stuff - no crib, no playpen, no swing, etc. Never felt a need for it anyway!
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