Thriving in Small Places: the Nursery

Just before sitting down to continue this series, as I got Rosalind ready for her nap, she asked “Why don’t we have a little house?” She pressed her fingers together to make an ant’s sized home, then spread her arms wide, “We have a bi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-g house. Right?”

Yes, it is a big house.

Compared to what we need, our home is big. Compared to 90% of the world, our home is big. Compared to the homes that many are grateful for, ours is a mansion.

Some days children have as much to teach us as we them, don’t they?

Now that we have established the fact that my title is false, this is how our big nursery works for us.

Keep the floor space clear: Avoid big bulky toys and focus on a simple selection of toys that store well and keep children entertained for hours. Duplos, dress up clothes and puzzles slide under the bed or fit in a toy chest easily. This leaves most of the room open for actually playing.

Stick with a simple wardrobe: Determine what you need to keep your children in clean clothes and then don’t stuff the closet and dresser with extra. A simple selection of quality outfits you (and the munchkins) like makes getting them dressed easy, keeps the clothes manageable and doesn’t take up much room!

Go outside: It’s more fun and healthy than staying cooped up inside. A game of tag or afternoon at the park doesn’t take an inch of space in a small (or bi-i-i-i-i-i-g) bedroom.

Stick with a neutral theme: At least if it’s a “nursery.” Trains, teddy bears or plaids in neutral colors work well for sons and daughters. Rosalind’s room was green and pink until William came along. Simply moving the pink to just around her bed and adding in chocolate as an alternate accent made it much more boy friendly (not that he really cares yet!)

What do you do to make the nursery more practical?

Part of Frugal Friday at Life as Mom

Photo by Eva Schuster

P.S. This weekend I’m finishing the switch from “girl’s room” to nursery, and will have before and after pictures up next week!

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  1. says

    I found you over at Frugal Friday and was a little disappointed that there were no pictures of the nursery! I am also living in a really small space and always looking for more ideas on how to live in small places (we’ve been here all of a month and our kids are still small).
    Can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog, especially this series.

  2. anna says

    I’m actually in the middle of finishing up the switch from “girl room” to nursery this weekend and will post pics next week of the change. Sorry, I should have added some to this post! 🙂

    …sounds like we’re in similar housing situations! In many ways, it makes keeping tracking of little ones easier having it be so small, don’t you think? (as long as they don’t get stir crazy on rainy days!)

  3. says

    We haven’t had a rainy day yet in this new place. We’ll see what happen then.
    I can’t wait to see pics of the new place.
    Similar housing situations, but not exact. My kitchen is bigger than yours, but its combined with our dining room/living room. And our second bedroom is pretty much a closet ( 8 feet by 6 feet, approximately).

    • anna says

      Lol! If you’ve been there over a month and it hasn’t rained yet, you must be in a different part of the country than I am. We’ve had torrents of rain here!

      6×8, wow! That is small! How are you managing it? Do your children sleep in it?

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