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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 March 13, 2019

                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                          3. Upgrade yourself

                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                          4. Talk to a friend.

                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                          8. Have a quick nap.

                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                          10. Find some competition.

                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                          11. Go exercise.

                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                          12. Take a good break.

                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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                          Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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