I’ve mentioned before how little newborn babies actually need and that is is possible to live in a very small space with a baby! We did it pretty easily with our first so preparing for our second in a “regular” sized house posed some challenges (er, opportunities) we never had before.
The new baby has his very own room!
Since we never decorated a nursery with our first (he just slept in a pack-n-play in the hallway), we have first hand knowledge that you don’t have to spend gobs of money on a room. Babies don’t really spend much time in there anyway, right? Of course, baby nurseries are adorable and decorating a room can be such a fun way to pass the time waiting for baby to arrive.
Nevertheless, my husband and I didn’t focus too much on decorating a room for the new little guy. In fact, we waited until 2 weeks before the due date to start getting things together! Probably not smart…but thankfully it worked for us :)
Preparing the baby room.
I pulled out bins of clothes, bottles, bibs, burpclothes, etc. from our first and finally cleaned them.
It was fantastic to have them neatly organized so I could pull out only what we needed.
It was even more thrilling to have a closet to hang the clothes!!
What we didn’t have, though, was a dresser. Or, actually anything to put items that don’t hang in the closet. So, when I saw the pictures of how Andrea remodeled their baby closet I knew I just had to copy it…don’t worry, I told her I was copying it :) It’s just perfect for small spaces, or thrifty people, or those who like organization, or…just about anyone!
How we doubled (tripled?) closet space in the baby room.
Since baby/children’s clothes take up such a small part of the closet when hanging, I thought Andrea’s use of shelving in the bottom of the closet was brilliant. So, I asked my husband to do the same. He installed two shelves that span the length of the closet but the two shelves actually added three rows of storage. They are perfect for holding baskets and boxes to keep loose items contained.
The top row of boxes contain clothing the next few sizes up. I could have left them in the storage containers in the attic. But, I figure my hands will be full with two little ones pretty soon so I’m making it as easy as possible for the first year!
Clothes up to 6 months are hanging on hangers and the green storage contraption is holding all kinds of stuffed animals. I don’t know about you, but I think a couple of stuffed animals are enough for any child. But, alas, we have much more than that…but at least they are contained!
Underneath the clothes are baskets full of swaddling blankets, regular blankets, socks, shoes, and bibs.
The next row hs toys and bath supplies. I thought it was the perfect height for my “big helper” to be able to grab something for me when needed. Either that, or it will be a complete mess…only time will tell!
Finally, the boxes on the floor contain hundreds (!!!) of diapers! We had a amazing group of friends provide us with a diaper pounding and we are thrilled! Even though I tend to cloth diaper at home, we are at church quite a bit and the workers prefer disposable diapers. So, those will help our budget tremendously and I’m extremely thankful!
So, that’s the way we doubled (and possibly tripled) the closet space in the new baby’s room. What about you? How do you increase storage space in your closets?