How to maximize small spaces when adding to the family
When we found out we were having a baby, we went through what most couples do when they are increasing to a family of four and have a smaller space. We asked ourselves if it was time to upgrade to a bigger home.
Currently we live in a three-bedroom condo in West Hollywood. However, the third room is reserved for my husband’s office and a space for guests to stay when they visit. Since we are both entrepreneurs in the early stages of growth, we decided it wasn’t the best time to move.
So, I decided to get creative with the space we have and share the process with other mamas that struggle with a similar dilemma. My hope is that I can demonstrate how much fun you can have without going beyond your budget and still feel good about bringing your baby home.
After going through this small transformation in our home, I wanted to share my top tips on how to maximize small space when adding to the family.
Create zones in larger rooms
We decided to leverage the zone concept in both our large Master Bedroom and Aiden’s room. What this basically means is that we have dedicated areas in the room for different activities in order to maximize the space.
It was a perfect opportunity to transition Aiden to a more toddler appropriate designed room while still allowing space for the crib until he became comfortable with a toddler bed.
Since his room is large, we were able to have three zones in his room: a sleeping area, a reading area and a play area.
In terms of decorations, if you have been following me for a while you may have noticed that our son is a HUGE fan of cars, so it was a only logical to choose a car theme for his room.
We are grateful for Delta Children because they sponsored Aiden’s new Disney Car bed, a beautiful mattress and a mattress cover protector. Which obviously created a very happy toddler boy.
In our Master bedroom we re-arranged furniture to create a nursery zone on one side of the room. Thankfully my hubby is not afraid to have pink in the house, because after all, it is my fave color. Plus, when we found out we were having a girl after my miscarriage, A.K.A. a rainbow baby, I thought t would be perfect to have a magical pink and white space with Rainbow and Unicorn decorations. Of course, since our house is predominantly neutral colors (grays, whites and natural wood) the blush pink gives the room a pop of color without being overly feminine.
One of my most cherished decorations in the nursery zone of our bedroom is the heart shaped pink altar my husband designed and 3D printed. This sacred heart holds all the thoughtful gifts and blessings given to our little girl during our baby ceremony.
I also really love the Dream Catcher above the baby bassinet, another collaborative design by the ladies who attended our baby ceremony.
There is also a cozy nursing corner which happens to also be my meditation nook in the mornings.
We haven’t received all the decorations for the room yet but once we do, I will share more on my social pages.
Downsize to maximize
In order to maximize the space we have without feeling crammed, and because I believe in more of a minimalist style, it was a great opportunity to edit and remove what we didn’t need anymore. Personally, I actually really enjoy downsizing. It creates a lighter feeling in our environment. Plus it means there is less to clean up (moms you know what i’m talking about).
In addition, downsizing is a great way to give to charitable organizations so that other people can benefit from your clean up. I like to donate to the Salvation Army or other local clothing consignment shops like Crossroads Trading or Buffalo Exchange.
Multiple purpose furniture
Another tip is to buy or leverage existing furniture which can offer you multiple purposes. For example, we used the dresser in the Master bedroom for the baby changing station. In Aiden’s room we moved the storage bench from our bedroom to store his stuffed animals and blankets and as another sitting option is his room.
When you are able to double up on uses for certain furniture it not only saves space but also really optimizes the value of the item.
Floor to ceiling storage
One of the biggest improvements to our living area was purchasing a floor to ceiling TV media center, from Ikea. Not only does it create more storage space, it really opened up the room. And by bringing this unit into our home, we were able to transfer the book shelf we were previously using in our living area into Aiden’s room to hold all his books and toys. Prior to having this dedicated space for toys and book they were basically spread out in random placed all over the house. So for me, this small move was a game changer. So nice to have one area for all the kids stuff!
Although there were many things I was excited about while redecorating, there was one thing I discovered which I was not expecting when I started the process. The energy in our home became much better - more calming and personal. As a result, I actually felt that the activity healed me, despite how hectic it was to accomplish during my third trimester of pregnancy.
I believe one of the reasons for the healing energy was the fact that I had been avoiding decorating our home exactly the way I wanted because in my head I knew it was a temporary living arrangement. I am sure many of you are nodding your head while reading this because I know too many of us are guilty of this. And the effect is not really enjoying our home, which impacts the energy levels in our home.
Once I was able to really add my touch to every room in the house, even with small budget friendly improvements, I found myself not wanting to leave home and even more excited about having guests over.
With only one week until the due date, I am feeling excited about our redesigned space. And I truly hope that these tips not only inspired you to get creative if you live in a small space but also to not feel pressure to upgrade when you are not quite ready financially. I believe the most important thing when you are bringing home a new family member is to have a space which is filled with love and good energy. For that is absolutely priceless.
P.S. Be sure to let me know what other tips you have for maximizing small spaces by leaving a comment below.
Nursery / Master Bedroom
Unicorn Basket - HomeGoods
Bassinet - Delta Children
Dresser / changing table - Ikea
Nursing chair - Buy Buy Baby
Heart collage picture - Minted
Canvas prints on wall - Shutterfly
Blush pink throw & decorative pillows on bed - World Market
DIY Dreamcatcher - Etsy