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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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                          Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                          Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                          In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

                          And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

                          Why is goal setting important?

                          1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

                          Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

                          For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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                          Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

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                          So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

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                          The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

                          The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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                          We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

                          What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

                          3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

                          We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

                          Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

                          But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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                          What you truly want and need

                          Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

                          Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

                          Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

                          When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

                          Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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                          Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

                          Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

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                          It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

                          Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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