On Updating Our Apartment

In anticipation for our newest addition, we moved some things around to make more space, or for a more efficient use of space. I started in the kids room. Once we found out we were expecting a boy, I started going through all the baby clothes I had kept from Henry and Cora. I set aside a few piles of stuff to pass on to friends and family when they have little girls, and pretty much got rid of the rest of the stuff. Then I went about cleaning, assessing and organizing the boy stuff to decide what we would keep for the little guy. We also got a fair amount of hand me downs from friends, and some gifts from others to fill int he rest of the gaps.

Initially the closet int he kids room was kind of split up into 2 parts – one side was the kids clothes and the other side was storage. Going through and getting rid of baby clothes cleared out the storage side, so that became Grey’s area for clothing storage. And here is a picture of it all set up:

2013-09-19 13.14.01Right now the newborn sized clothes, blankets and burp clothes are in our bedroom. We will get to that later. In the picture, the hanging organizer holds all the 0-3 month stuff we have, plus the hanging item to the right. The white wire drawers to the left have all the 3-6 month stuff, plus coats, jackets, hats, socks and shoes. On top of the drawers is a green bin that has all the clothes Henry has out grown in the last couple months that could still work as hand me downs with the time comes. I try not to keep anything too dirty or ruined, even if it has sentimental value for me. I know that by the time Grey is in these sizes, we will be buying him new stuff to fill in the gaps. On the shelf up top is a storage box full of feeding stuff we were given (bottles, steamers, etc). Plus the infant car seat and the music table.

Here is the other side of the closet:

2013-09-19 13.18.39Cora’s stuff is hanging on the right and in the right drawers. Henry’s stuff is on the left and in the left drawers. The 2 green boxes on top of the drawers house clothes Cora is outgrowing. There is also a hanging organizer to the right that you cannot see which holds baby and toddler blankets and bedding. On the shelf above the kids stuff are more boy clothes organized by size for when Grey reaches that point. Right now it is all in cardboard storage boxes because it isn’t likely to be permanent storage (we try to keep permanent storage in see through containers). The plan is to throw the box away as soon as we reach those sizes because these boxes are older and starting to show major wear. ALso, each kid has their own see through sweater box in which I keep their “memorabilia”. This includes stuff from the hospital when they were born, their “coming home outfits” and other odds and ends that have whatever meaning to me from their life times. My goal is to limit one box for each kid and I plan to continue to comb through the boxes as time goes on and get rid of the stuff that loses sentimental value over that time. Also the hamper – full of stuffed animals. Cora dumps this out, usually on her bed or Henry’s, on a daily basis.

Here is the rest of the room:

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Henry’s bed

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Cora’s Bed

I did a major toy overhaul when we returned home in July. I threw out broken or messed up toys, donated a bunch of stuff to Henry’s school and sold a couple items through the classifieds I used in the Mother’s Club.  We moved all the toys with the exception of the play kitchen into the kids’ bedroom. We noticed that their preference was definitely to use the living room and dining room for running and the toys were just getting in the way. I am still in the process of figuring out a better solution for the kids books, but otherwise, all the toys fit int he wardrobes or the clear bins in the bedroom. By doing this, I also became more aware of what toys we had and got back into rotating toys to make sure the kids were playing with everything.

Overall the kids’ room is a bit of a mish mash, which i don’t like.  But I also know that at this point, the decor and everything isn’t really important. What is important is that the kids have a space where they feel happy and comfortable. And this is working toward that goal for us.

We set up a little space in our bedroom for Grey. He is in the corner and the dresser directly next to the pack and play houses the stuff we are going to need when he gets here. I am also going to move the jewelry box to the tall dresser and use that as a changing table when the time comes.

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Bryan cut the letters for his name from black matte acrylic. When we do things with acrylic we usually use the shiny stuff, but I really like how this turned out. The picture frames hold some scrapbook paper until we have photos we want to put up here. I also redid the photos and frames in our bedroom and bathroom.   When we were home in July we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to take some family pictures with both of our extended families. So once we got all those in, I printed some up and did a new little photo gallery above the dressers. All of the photos are from these sessions, with the exception of one from our wedding and the collage frame of Rachel. This includes the frames on the dresser.  In addition, I put even more family photos up in our bathroom, but I didn’t take a picture of it to share here.

2013-09-19 13.20.07Bryan and I also collaborated on the empty frame all the way to the right. I wanted something to hang my more delicate necklaces on so they didn’t get tangles int he jewelry box. This was what we came up with. Bryan laser cut the square frame out of wood, I spray painted it and he added some nails. I like how it looks like it is part of the photo wall. And that I get to see some of my most favorite and treasured necklaces all the time.

We also moved the tall dresser to the opposite wall (it used to sit where the pack n play is now).

2013-09-19 13.20.17Right now this dresser kind of houses some random things I didn’t know where else to put. That large frame is a hand painted drawing of my dad’s older sister. She passed away when she was 18 months, but I kind of inherited the print when my grand mother passed away. I think it looks remarkable like Cora. At least int he blonde hair and the chubby cheeks. And the tiny pink frame is my kindergarten picture. My mom had it sitting on her dresser my entire life. So it will likely always be on a dresser somewhere in our house just because. And a random photo my my dad, brother and me because it didn’t really go anywhere else.

The last thing on my list for this room is I want to change the bedding. We don’t have a huge budget right now, so it is going to require some forethought and creative planning or it might not even get done depending on when this baby decided to show up. And so concludes the “where are you going to put a third kid” saga.  What do you think of our choices?  We have shared rooms with our children as infants, but only until they were about 6 months old. Have you shared for longer? Any advice?