Since January, we’ve been doing our best to make space for the baby in our small, 500-square-foot studio apartment. Our first step has been to rent a storage unit across town. We’ve been clearing out books and magazines, Christmas ornaments and SCUBA gear, clothes we rarely wear and travel books that will probably be useless by the time we pull them out again (probably should have been more ruthless with a few of those)–and we even put away our winter coats and boots a little earlier this year. The challenge has been to keep the newly cleared spaces clear; it’s so tempting to fill them back-in as sort of a catch-all cleaning maneuver.
We have the mini-crib that will go where Aron’s clothes used to be, and our bookshelves will become storage for baby clothes, diapers, and the like. It’s going to take some discipline, but I’m sure we’re going to do just fine. Still, I’ll take any space-saving tips you can offer for life in a studio with a baby!
(To judge how much we could fit in our storage unit, we taped out the footprint in the apartment and started stacking. It’s like a life-sized game of Tetris!)