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I was a lucky kid in many, many ways. One great thing about my childhood was that I lived in the same old farmhouse for 20 years. My parents never planned on moving, so they went ahead and made our growth chart on the inside door of the pantry. (Also, that’s what you did then!) As we got older, we added friends and additional family to the door and it was truly a piece of our family history. Well, you know it’s coming…we moved, and left the door and that history behind. (Cue my mom’s tears as she’s reading this.) … Continue reading
We live in a fairly old house so we were not blessed with very many closets. But, if I lived in a newer construction that had maybe just one closet to spare, I’d definitely choose to do something like this. Or, if I was not blessed with a 2nd bedroom and needed to be super creative with where my child slept. From beds, to nooks, to changing stations, there is no limit to what you can do these days. Cribs Source: blogs.babble.com via Emily on Pinterest Source: apartmenttherapy.com via Emily on Pinterest Other Uses Source: bhg.com via Emily on … Continue reading
We have great friends who have 2 young boys in a small 2 bedroom. Prior to having the boys, they had plenty of space for their home office – afterwards, not so much. Luckily, they did have a pantry…and vision. The built in’s along the wall include a file cabinet and supplies on the left, and additional pantry space on the right. CityBaby Living at it’s best. Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Bookmark in Browser Tell a friend
I don’t have a lot of spare, free space in my house. Nor do I have a lot of free walls. But I do have a lot of family pictures that I’d love to display – my family, my husband’s family, Peep, Peep, and oh, more pictures of Peep. What I do have is a refrigerator. So, why not turn some of those pictures into magnets? Enter StickyGram. This online company will turn your photos from Instagram into magnets for $14.99 and free shipping. You get a sheet of 9 – each are 50mm x 50mm which is approximately the … Continue reading
Many small spaces that our children live in (or us for that matter) don’t come with closets. While they’re small, this is simply an organizational challenge to hide all the stuff you don’t want everyone to see. Once they get bigger, you might actually want a closet to hang clothes in (novel idea!). I’ve come across a few that are marketed as dress up hangers, but I think they’d make great free standing closets. Source: pkolinoindustriali.com via Emily on Pinterest Source: potterybarnkids.com via Emily on Pinterest Source: rosenberryrooms.com via Emily on Pinterest Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about … Continue reading
Has your child outgrown the kitchen sink? Many city apartments come with just a stand up shower – so where does your child take that fun, and much needed bath? Luckily, there are options! Like this one from Prince Lionheart – it’s called the Flexi Bath Tub. You can fold it up and put it away when you don’t need it. This lightweight (3.34 lbs) and small footprint (9.4″ x 24.75 W x D) comes in a range of colors – Pink, Green, Clear, White, Purple and Blue. They say it works for kids from birth to age 4 although, … Continue reading
If you have very little space, it is possible to create a mini room within a room just for your baby or your growing child. These two options combine a bed, a dresser and more! Source: modernparentsmessykids.com via Emily on Pinterest As Peep is 4.5, this larger bed is very appealing. At 5′ x 8′ in size, it seems like a potentially magic place. Source: rosenberryrooms.com via Emily on Pinterest Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Bookmark in Browser Tell a friend
Leave it to City-Moms to create usable products. I love this storage unit called StollAway from MetroTots. The history of how Mary Ann Schwanewede came up with it: “Without thinking much of it she trekked to the baby gear store and asked for ‘a hook to store my folded stroller’ . The salesman looked at her blankly and said no such thing existed. She found this hard to believe; she couldn’t be the only one in this city of 8 million, many of whom are parents, to have this problem. Everywhere she looked in her downtown neighborhood she saw a parade of … Continue reading
Maybe I should be blaming Pinterst. Or maybe it’s because I’m new to blogging and suddenly parts of my house are “live” for everyone to see. But ever since I posted about Peep’s toy nook in our office, the lack of beauty and organization I showed is really bugging me! Now every time I walk into the room I cringe as I look at the piles of overflowing toys with no good place to put them! Peep’s toys have evolved and the organization has not. This nook is really just that and the storage can’t be taller than 30″. I … Continue reading
We don’t have a lot of extra room in this apartment. And what room we have has already been utilized for things like couches, and a table to eat at. So when it came time to find room for toys, we didn’t quite know what to do. Having been around enough kids to know they often prefer a shoe box to toys until they are much older, we bought a brown storage bin that could fit all of Peep’s toys until she was at least 1 year old. She loved dumping it out, finding things, and using other items around … Continue reading