I have a torpedo belly!
Our shared baby and toddler room is coming along. The latest adventure has been trying to find the best way to fit a crib and toddler bed in a 9x11 room. I measured, remeasured, and then measured again, and finally just had my husband move the furniture around a dozen times until we found the best arrangement. Don't worry about him, he loves to move furniture. At least, that's what I told him.
Here's arrangement #1:
Oh yes I did. I cleaned just for you. Made the bed and everything. Not....
This one was just meh. Didn't love it, didn't hate it. It just didn't feel right. Baby Cinderella tried out the crib and said it didn't work for her in that corner. I agreed.
So then we tried moving the crib and toddler bed a little. The twirling two year old really helped us sort out our thoughts. :)
Behold, furniture arrangement #2:
I liked this arrangement for a while. I especially liked that we managed to get the rocker back into the room. We lived with it this way for a day or so and I thought it might be the winner. But then I was over it, and we moved things around yet again.
At first, this arrangement felt too long and narrow to me. The room is rectangular, and so my usual approach would be to put the longest piece of furniture against the shortest wall to create more of a square feeling, but every time I tried that kind of arrangement (which was just downright confusing, since the bed, crib, and dresser are all very close in dimensions), it made for the beds being really close together and I was afraid V would not be able to resist the temptation to socialize with Baby after lights out. We managed to eliminate that problem with this arrangement. So we kept it like this for a while, and meanwhile I tackled the closet.
I didn't think to take a before picture of the closet until I'd already emptied everything, but here's what the room looked like after I pulled everything out, so you know it was bad.
Since we have like, two and a half small closets in this entire house, it's just pitiful that this is all the better use I'd been making of such valuable real estate. The closet is small, just a little deeper on each side than the door that covers it, and I had it stuffed full of a lot of random crap. But....
Tah-dah! Here's the after!
The closet probably goes out about another ten inches on each side of the doorway, so there really is a little more hanging space than you see here. I've just found that other than dresses, I really don't hang much clothing for V. It works better for me to keep most things in drawers. The girls will be sharing the big dresser, and I thought we could probably use some extra drawer space, so we picked up the little plastic drawers at Target. They hold undies, swim suits, and pj's quite nicely and are still handy when a little princess is getting dressed at the changing table. The white baskets hold shoes, one basket for each girl. The white shelving unit is something my dad built for me years ago and was being used in my laundry area in the basement, but we decided it could be put to better use in the closet, and it is the perfect fit. The pink organizing bins are also from Target and hold all our random baby essentials that would otherwise be a mess on the open shelves without something to contain them. We still have empty space in this closet! I'm amazed. Organizing makes me so so happy. Why don't I do it more often...
A lot of things that had been in the closet, had to find a new home. But thankfully, that's what basements are for.
After we got the room and closet more organized, and added a new rug (also from Target), I started really liking the arrangement of furniture. So this is where we're at with things right now.
It's not a perfect set-up, but it is working well for us so far. And we can always move things around later. I mean, my husband does love rearranging furniture after all. :)
I still need to get the crib made up with the crib skirt, sheets, and such, but all those things are ready to go from V's babyhood. The quilt top is hanging there on the end of the crib, but it still has to be assembled with the batting and fabric backing and then... quilted! The hardest part, in my opinion. I keep putting it off. But I've done most everything else on my list, so I really just need to tackle that project and get it over with.
What do you think of the changes we've made so far? I love how cozy the rug makes things. V has spent more time playing in here already, so I think the room is meeting with her approval as well.