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12 Hacks to Make Room for a Nursery in a Small Home

12 Hacks to Make Room for a Nursery in a Small Home

Welcoming a brand new baby into your life and home is one of the most exciting experiences you’ll ever know. But it can be extremely stressful getting ready for the baby, especially if you live in a tiny space with just one bedroom, and you don’t have the means (or desire) to move. That’s where these 12 useful nursery hacks come in handy!

1. Maximize Hidden Storage

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    image from Brave New Home

    If you live in a one-bedroom apartment, your nursery will most likely need to be in the corner of your bedroom. The space underneath your bed will be your greatest asset, and you might also utilize the space under your dresser or the inside compartment of a chair. Use these hidden spaces to store clothing, extra diapers, and more.

    2. Use Fold-Down Technology

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      image from Decorpad

      If you aren’t sure what this looks like, just research tiny homes and you’ll get a pretty good idea. Essentially, you can use fold-down technology to store the crib and changing station against the wall when you’re not using them, and simply pull them back down when it’s time for baby to go to sleep or be changed.

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      3. Portable Nursing Caddy

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        image from From Faye

        You definitely need a place to store all of your nursing supplies so that you aren’t leaving nursing bras or nipple cream out in the open. A portable caddy that you can hang on the side of your crib or changing station is the perfect solution!

        4. Forgo the Closet

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          image from Emily May

          You can do without a closet for the baby. Just use a nice, compact dresser and/or changing table to store the baby’s things. You can worry about the closet when your baby gets a little older.

          5. Use Vertical Storage

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            image from Brandi Korte

            You can always find more space when you look up. Stack the baby’s accessories high on one wall of your bedroom using shelving. Just keep a stepstool nearby when you need to reach the extra diapers on the top shelf. Make sure you put the baby down first, please!

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            6. Find Collapsible Amenities

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              image from amsd2dth

              A pack-and-play probably isn’t your first choice when it comes to your baby’s sleeping arrangements, but it will help you find the space you need. Not all collapsible cribs are hideous–don’t worry. You can find a selection of nice cribs and changing stations to keep your room clutter-free.

              7. Utilize Wall Space

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                image from Travis Isaacs

                Instead of using a cubby storage shelf on the ground, build it high on the wall. You can store everything you’ll need for a new baby in a simple 12-cubby shelving unit above your baby’s crib, and it won’t take up any space on the ground.

                8. Do Double-Duty on Furniture

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                  image from M Sundstrom

                  This might be surprising but your crib, dresser, and changing table could all be the same piece of furniture if you play your cards right. It will soon become your favorite piece of furniture for it’s versatility alone.

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                  9. Hanging Storage

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                    image from Apartment Therapy

                    With just a couple of towel rods and some hanging plant baskets, you can store everything the baby needs. Simply attach the rod to the wall, hang the baskets, and fill with toys, books, clothing, diapers, and more.

                    10. Peg Board Changing Station

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                      image from greeneyedmom

                      Another great way to utilize wall space above the changing table is to create a pegboard changing station. Attach a few baskets to the pegboard and fill them with diapers, wipes, ointments, and more. Don’t forget to add a cute decoration to match the pegboard to your room’s theme.

                      11. Optimize Closet Space

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                        image from Apartment Therapy

                        If you’re blessed with a large closet, use it to make room for the baby. Push your clothing aside and store the baby’s things in there. In fact, if you have enough room and a small crib, you could turn a portion of the closet into your baby’s entire room.

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                        12. Suspended Toy Display

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                          image from DIY Inspired

                          Finally, don’t waste ground space to store your kid’s toys. Use plant hangers to stock stuffed animals and blocks and use suspended magazine racks to hold books. It’s both an extremely cute and clever way to use your limited space!

                          Featured photo credit: Toddler Room Play Kitchen Kindergarden/Brendacfeyc via pixabay.com

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                          Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                          How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                          How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                          Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                          If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                          1. Breathe

                          The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                          • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                          • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                          • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                          Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                          2. Loosen up

                          After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                          Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                          3. Chew slowly

                          Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                          Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                          Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                          4. Let go

                          Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                          The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                          It’s not. Promise.

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                          Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                          Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                          21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                          5. Enjoy the journey

                          Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                          Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                          6. Look at the big picture

                          The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                          Will this matter to me…

                          • Next week?
                          • Next month?
                          • Next year?
                          • In 10 years?

                          Hint: No, it won’t.

                          I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                          Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                          7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                          You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                          Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                          8. Practice patience every day

                          Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                          • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                          • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                          • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                          Final thoughts

                          Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                          Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                          Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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