There’s nothing like the panic that happens when your family starts to expand and you are still living in the one bedroom apartment that you bought when you first got married. It’s not just the nursery space that is so far a figment of your imagination, it’s the small kitchen that doesn’t have the counter space for a steriliser set. It’s the bathroom that doesn’t have a proper bath, just a cubicle shower. It’s the living room that has barely enough space to swing a cat, but you didn’t notice this at first; you didn’t need to notice.
The truth be told is that you can stop panicking. You can stop worrying about living room furniture for small spaces because there are always ways that you can downsize what you’ve got to make room for a baby on the way. You don’t need to start stocking up a nursery and packing it full of the baby paraphernalia that you see on the commercials. You don’t need to start house-hunting for a bigger space just yet, especially when you have the five tips below for living in a smaller space when you’ve got children on the way.
- Go Up. When you need to figure out options for nappy storage don’t add more chests and units, go vertical with your storage. Floor to ceiling shelves that are fixed to the wall and don’t take up any more floor space are the perfect option for you. You could even check out tables like this one that fix to the wall and don’t take up much room on the floor, either.
- Multi-Purpose. You may well have the space for a cot in your bedroom, but why not invest in a pack’n’play instead? This multi-use item has a bassinet, a play space and a changing table all in one. Not only do you get to have the change table and the bassinet, you have somewhere your baby can play as they get older.
- Store. If you don’t need it, leave it in the attic or under the bed in the vacuum-sealed bags. You don’t need your whole stock of diapers in the way, so don’t get them out until you need them.
- Declutter. Take your home and skim it right down. If you haven’t used it in six months, get rid of it. Sell it, trash it or give it to charity. You need the space more than you need the stuff.
- No Toys. If you’ve got a tiny baby, you don’t need a whole stock of toys littering the apartment. Say no to more toys and wait until you’ve got a bigger place before you go nuts in the store.
Living in a home that is not big enough for more than two of you isn’t always easy, but you make it work until such a time you can afford that bigger place.
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