Since telling people we are having another baby, I’ve been asked several times when we are moving. The answer: we are not. Yes, we live in a 700 sqare foot condo. Yes, this is quite small for the average suburban family. But, we have two bedrooms and the added luxury of two bathrooms. Would I like more space? Yes. A separate office and dining area (either in the kitchen or a room) would be spectacular. We can always want more – but we don’t really need it. At least I say that now.
Here is a three minute video showing you the “before the baby reorganization.” Our apartment is always a project in progress, I just moved a chair and filing cabinet to get some more space. Squeezing the most functionality out of every space is key. So here is where we are.
Here are some of the plans:
1) I noticed I use the word storage a lot. Like every other sentence. Once goal is to purge and generally have less that needs storing. (Maternity clothes and baby stuff I’m looking at you making an exit in the spring/summer.) There is quite a bit being stored just because we’ve never had the time to really deal with it.
2) Front hall: A new bookshelf to replace the ladder shelf. The ladder isn’t really stable (it is bolted to the wall) and I fear Simon pulling it down one day. The shelf we are ordering is a little bigger and will allow for storage of my random school things that are used daily and currently move from surface to surface.
3) My desk area: A new desk that is bigger and more stable. The ladder style furniture is great for small spaces, but really makes me nervous with kidS. Also a couple of shelves for over the new desk. Possibly getting rid of the chair and using one of the dining chairs too.
3) Behind the couch: We are getting castors so that the top part of the toolbox can sit next to the bottom and double as a behind the couch table. Possibly doing some moving of what is stored near the electronics when the new hall shelf is purchased. (Rather than a tv we have a projector which is mounted on the ceiling. We get our tv through the computer with an antenna.)
4) Dining table, purple chair, and filing cabinet tend to move from the wall they are on to the wall next to the kitchen where the trash can is at the moment. (This is where the chair was three days ago) Placement depends on my mood for a change.
5) We have a dishwasher. This makes my kitchen small but awesome.
6) Seriously need some large and pretty storage for the sewing stuff under the china cabinet and the decoration stuff above.
7) Bathroom: This will stay a half bath until children are out of diapers. Right now I can’t beat the extra storage of hand-me down clothes and baby things in waiting.
8) Kids room: This is where the big changes come in. Purging and organizing the closet is key. It is getting time for another toy purge soon, we do a pretty good job of limiting but have some things that Simon has just outgrown. And the big one – BUNK BEDS. We have figured out an affordable way to build a small size bunk bed (27 x 63). Ikea sells a mattress in this dimension for their junior beds – they just don’t have a bunk. If we can get this up by Christmas, Simon will have a few months to transition from the lower to the upper bed. Then when new baby outgrows the bassinet in our room – baby will skip the crib and sleep on the lower bunk. The only place in the room for a twin bed is in front of the window, which I’m not comfortable with (especially for bunking) And we need the under bed storage for the car seat too much to use a stroller. (we are getting the Diono Radian which folds to 7.5 inches, because two car seats + no car = crazy).
So that is the house tour and the plan for two kids. I think we can do this. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.