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28/06/2013 at 08:31
Anyone live in a small space also? We can't afford to move to a 3 bed apartment with the cost of N's support worker so it looks like we're stuck in our two bed and we are bursting at the seams. We had a huge clear out before A was born and it helped for a while but now the clutter is building up again and we can't shut all the cupboard doors! So another clear out is needed, any tips for space saving? Particularly for children's bedroom and toys. N has inbuilt cupboards which are stuffed with spare duvets and A's clothes. He has a wardrobe And his bed has drawers underneath.
Is there some kind of slimline toy storage that ikea would do? A will eventually share with N so there will be even less space in his room. He has a box full of teddies, what do I do with these??
Any kitchen storage tips too and bathroom?
28/06/2013 at 08:54
J's bedroom is tiny, fortunately E has a walk in cupboard which houses most of their toys, books and dvd's.
We also have boxes that fit under the bed full of toys, J has 3 boxes under his bed, we have 2 under our bed and E has 3 under her bed. That's the only way we can manage all of the toys. They all go back upstairs on a night and different boxes come down the next day.
28/06/2013 at 10:09
I might see if I can find those vacuum pack things to put stuff under our bed, boxes wouldn't fit. Should probably evaluate what toys Nicky actually plays with and what can be thrown.
28/06/2013 at 10:47
We have 4 of us in a 2 bed house; it’s a squeeze but could be worse! We have a long hallway, lounge, kitchen/diner, en suite and bathroom as well.
Once DS2 was old enough to go in a bed that freed up space as they are in bunks. Storage is the key definitely! Under their bunk we have drawers with their bedlinen and the towels (we have no airing cupboard), we have Ikea Pax wardrobes www.ikea.com/.../S39899435 with sliding doors (less space taken up that with traditional wardrobe doors. You can design the inside yourself so we have all their clothes hanging up across the width or the wardrobe then the bottom half is all shelves and drawers. In the drawers we keep most of their toys (that fit) so we have one for puzzles, one for lego, one for dressing up clothes, one for train track etc It’s a bit easier as they get older as the toys get smaller. DS1 literally only plays with lego or his DS so its all DS2’s plastic crap still! He is slowly growing out of Happyland etc so I’m hoping that can go by the end of the year!
In the lounge we have a shelving unit, the bottom two shelves have all their books on. We also have 3 storage baskets in the lounge that stock on top of each other. There is more plastic tat in these!
Bedlinen for our bed and the en-suite towels are stored in an ottoman in our room. We desperately need more wardrobe space but we have knowhere else to put another wardrobe, so at the moment there is a big pile of clothes on a chair in our room!
28/06/2013 at 11:13
Have a huge sort out. Get rid of anything broken, minging or outgrown.
Sell it/ebay/gumtree/facebook/charity shop/ recycle it.
Then get vaccumm bags for the bedding and see if you can store it under beds rather than in cupboards. Then drawers or boxes under the bed.
28/06/2013 at 12:22
Definitely get the vacuum bags. I just had to take out everything stored in our airing cupboard to make room for the plumber to remove the old water tank. I used one of those bags to squeeze everything down and it was surprising how much it reduced it.
I have a big hamper style basket on top of our wardrobe and have used a vacuum bag to reduce everything down that its inside the hamper. That's created more space. You can use them to store clothes you don't need now like winter jumpers, etc. Then you can get them back out later in the year.
Also if you have things like DVDs and CDs in cases you can get rid of the cases and put them into 'albums' . This reduces the amount of space they take up.
28/06/2013 at 14:37
Good tips ladies, thank you. Definitely need to sort through DVDs and CDs then tackle wardrobes, toys and bedding - fun!
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