Now that we have another baby on the way, I have started obsessing over solving the puzzle that is our tiny space. I actually like being in a small but efficient space, I lived in a one bedroom cottage with my mother until I was ten years old and it couldn't have been more perfect. It does require some planning and creativity, but that's a challenge I can embrace.
We're working with two modest bedrooms plus Little Smith's nursery, which really is more of a closet. Of course it's all relative and there are many families that are far larger fitting nicely into smaller apartments. In our case we have lots of hobbies (gardening and cooking and canning, skiing and snowboarding, painting and photography... ), it all adds up to tons of stuff so we aren't quite as compact a family as I'd really like.
Our plan is to squeeze our office/ studio (currently in the second bedroom) into Little Smith's closet sized nursery and the kids will share a room. I know that sharing a room, especially between babies and toddlers, can be a headache- but having been an only child, I'm clinging to delusions of happy evening babbles... and there really isn't much choice! We will co-sleep for a while, and depending on the temperament of our new little one, (s)he can sleep in a travel bed in the old nursery turned office until night wakings are less frequent.
I'm sure it won't work out just as I've planned it, but the planning calms me down and gives me the illusion of some control- I like that :) I'm excited thinking about this new shared space for my babies, I wish that we had the budget and time for built-in's because I have so many ideas... but we're going to have to settle for paint and well placed furniture, plus a couple of DIY projects I have up my sleeve.
Now if only there was a decent closet or I didn't hate the look of all clothing storage. Toys and books are so much more fun, do kids really need clothes? If anyone has any fun ideas for clothing storage in tight spaces send them my way... along with stories of kids blissfully sharing rooms and never disrupting one another's sleep. A girl's got to dream!