15 Tips for Small-Space Living With Baby
Keep only what you are using daily right now on the easiest-to-reach shelves, and stow the rest out of the way. Underbed boxes and high shelves over doorways or in closets are great places for this. Clearly label the stowed stuff (and sort it by age if possible) to make it easy to find the next size up when you need it.
Even if you already have all the gear, don’t feel like you have to live with something that isn’t working out. You may be able to return or exchange it at the store or through the manufacturer even after using it, and you can always sell or swap items on Craigslist.
One simple way to get the storage benefits while still maintaining a serene feel is to hang full-length curtains from the ceiling in front of the shelving — just slide them closed, and all of that messy storage will disappear.
5. Stack suitcases as storage. Small vintage suitcases and trunks are perfect for containing clothes that baby hasn’t grown into yet.
Use sturdy wall hooks to get that big jogging stroller, or even the bouncy seat or swing, out of the way. For safety, try this out in a room where baby doesn’t hang out, like the front hall.