Would you go nuts in a house this size with 2 kids?

January 13, 2009 7 Comments
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7 Comments to “Would you go nuts in a house this size with 2 kids?”
  1. no i think you’ll be fine you might just have fun with them i’m sure they would get anoying no matter how big your house was……

  2. kurina k says:

    haha simple..
    I grew up with 8 brothers and sisters in a house no bigger then that if not smaller..

    poor ya.. but we learnt to work and survive together.

  3. BabyOnBoard says:

    Teach them early that every time something new comes in, something old has to go, that includes clothing and toys. I would buy space saver vacuum bags for seasonal items and learn not to be a pack rat.

  4. risahath says:

    No matter how small of a house you have, the key is for everyone to have their own space. Even a child needs a space that belongs to only them. With a little creativity, you will make it work!

  5. Simplify your life by getting rid of things that just take up space & use bunk beds for the children. When you simplify & get rid of things you do not need, then it is easier to keep everything organized & clean.

  6. Oceana says:

    Hi DaniDane,

    Congratulations and best wishes on your expanding family! Since moving is not an option for your family, accepting and embracing your small space is your first step. Seeing your space as”cozy” and not “cramped” can help. Small spaces require serious organization to ensure that furniture and belongings fit comfortably. The keys to organizing a smaller living space are visibility and accessibility. Strive to place items so that they are easy to see and reach, so you know right where they are when you need them. Another reliable way to get the most out of your square footage is to consolidate belongings by selecting furniture that contains storage space. Put Function First. This means removing un-necessary clutter. There are places where practicality rules, and the kitchen is one of them.
    To feel more spacious, you can also think about having the walls in your house in a lighter shade if that is not already the case.
    Here;s more info from the container store:

    Make the Most of Tight Living Quarters
    July 5, 2007

    “…Identify what you need to store, and where. If possible, take an inventory of what you own. Whatever you can live without, donate to charity, sell at a garage sale or discard. Decide in advance where items should be stored, such as the bedroom, hall closet or off-site storage area.
    Determine what needs to be accessible. Out-of-season clothing and accessories can be placed on high shelves or stored under the bed. Items that are frequently used, such as toiletries and cleaning supplies should be stored in convenient locations. For example, the broom and mop can be stored on a wall-mounted rack in the pantry or closet instead of standing in the kitchen corner.

    Develop an organization routine. If you stay in the habit of putting things away immediately and not letting them stack up, you’ll be more content with living in a smaller space.

    The Container Store also provides suggestions to help make the following living areas seem more spacious:
    Bedroom. One of the most practical, but least utilized, spaces in the bedroom is under the bed. By using under-bed storage bags or boxes, you can easily store out-of-season clothing and blankets, or other seldom-used items.

    Closets. Most closet spaces are poorly planned, so don’t be limited by the standard hanging bar and shelf. Install additional rods or purchase stackable shelves or rolling carts to add more space.
    Back-of-doors. These areas often are the most forgotten storage space in a home. Over-the-door racks, hooks and bags are perfect for storing ironing boards, videocassettes or tapes, books, shoes, jewelry, hats, belts, scarves and other accessories.

    Pantry. Over-the-door racks also can be used in the kitchen pantry to store canned goods, spices and kitchen supplies. Make use of existing shelves by adding shelf expanders and cabinet organizers.
    Bathroom. Rolling carts or hand-held trays and baskets, as well as wall-mounted racks, can be used to hold personal toiletries. Over-the door racks also can be used to hang towels, jewelry, hair accessories or bathrobes.

    Living room. Entertainment systems are a practical way to combine the stereo, television and other equipment and accessories into one area. Look for a solution that features shelving or drawers above or below, to really maximize the vertical space. Another way to increase storage capacity is to purchase end tables or ottomans that double as storage areas.” (©2007 The Container Store® Inc.)

    Best of luck to you!

  7. Sharon W says:

    My best suggestion is to go vertical. Build up with shelving all the way to the ceiling.
    Beds should be stacked in bunk style as much as possible to free up floor space. Raise the daughters bed up as a loft bed, (kids love loft beds), then use the under bed area as a closet space/toy storage…. or play area with a nice rug on it, or a small table and chairs for the kids.
    Get the long flat storage boxes for toys and books that are designed to go under the bed. You can either put them under the bed or stack them in a corner/closet.
    Be extremely organized.
    Get the kids a chore chart and start forming good habits with them about keeping things picked up and clean. They can dust and vacuum, and do other things to help out around the house.

    Also, consider getting an outside storage shed, for either storage, or as a playhouse for the kids. Utilize your outside spaces as much as possible.
    A locking plastic shelving unit designed to stay outside may be a great place to keep cleaning supplies to free up cabinet space inside. (and is great for child proofing those dangerous chemicals away from the kids)

    Also, if you own the home your in, consider putting an addition onto the home. Do it slowly so you can control the cost in digestable amounts.

    Encourage the kids to seperate toys that they are no longer interested in and give them away to the needy… or have a yard sale where the kids keep the money and buy a ‘better’ toy with it.

    Use hooks, bags on hangers, long strings on doors to clip, hang, and keep things hidden in closets and off floors.

    Use plastic stacking drawers (all white in color so they match and look clean) in the kids room that are inexpensive but great for keeping things organized and seperated. Get rid of old dressers that are wayyyy too bulky and dont add to the clean look of the room.

    For school papers. Get a huge binder. Like a five inch binder. Inside the binder put a folder with pockets for each of the kids. Write the school year on it. Keep all important papers such as homework, papers you need to sign, and things that need ‘action’ in one side of their folder. In the other side, keep papers that need to be kept, such as awards, graded papers, art work, report cards, whatever. At the end of that school year… you simply take the folder out, store it in a file box… and keep it for later use. (Such as scrapbooking for each kid or just to keep for them in the old age. The kids will truly appreciate this when they are old. Just keep it very very simple.)
    You can also do another one to keep medical information, growth charts, immunization records, health cards, and insurance info.
    Each child should also have a mailbox cubby. This way you can stick important things that need to go to school with them each day. Just stack them up, one for each child.

    This will keep the paperwork nightmare from taking over your home.

    Also … do a binder for your personal information. A seperate folder for budgeting, bill paying, loan information for each loan, warrenties on appliances and things you have purchased, important reciepts that you want to hang onto, anything that you do not want to misplace and want to be right at your fingertips for easy viewing and working with. Keep this very organized. Keep a pencil box next to it with staplers, hole punch, staple remover, mechanical pencils, ink pens, address stamp, postage stamps, calculator…. anything you need for paying bills and keeping good records. Put a calander in the book with no days of the week… just 1-31 to keep track of what day of the month things happen every month. Such as when automatic withdrawls are taken from your account, when electric bill is due…. everything. Centrally locate everything that happens in your life in this binder/book. This will alleviate TONS of stress from your life.

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