Making the Most of a Small Space

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend! We had a surprise three-day-weekend, and it was glorious and much needed. Here in Western Pennsylvania, the wind chills were dipping the whole way down to -30 on Thursday and Friday, with Friday being the colder of the two days. Many schools around here closed because of it, mine included. I’ll never ever complain about an extra day with my boys! 🙂

Speaking of my boys…today on the blog I am going to be highlighting their shared nursery and toddler bedroom. If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you can probably recall that our living space, albeit cozy, is SMALL. I absolutely adore our little house, but well…it’s little, so we do our best to try and make the most of every square inch.

The upstairs of our house consists of the master bedroom and bathroom. That bathroom houses the only shower and bathtub in the house. Our washer and dryer are up there, too!

Downstairs, we have the boys’ room (which used to be an office and has no closets), a powder room, a small living room, and a kitchen. I love this house because of the history and love within the walls – my husband would do a much better job at explaining all of that to you. It’s cozy, warm, and welcoming…and while it was PERFECT when it was just the two of us, things are getting pretty tight now that we are adding to our family – and we’d love to add two more! So, we are currently forced to make things work while keeping in mind that we are blessed to have a roof over our heads! 🙂

Today I want to focus on the boys’ room, because maybe you are in a similar situation – having to have two young children share a small space. Once we found out Luca was a boy, we decided to keep the crib bedding from when Jonah was a baby, and order Jonah the coordinating twin bed set from Pottery Barn Kids! It just made sense.

Here is the view looking into the nursery/bedroom from the doorway:

Immediately to your right you see our diaper genie, and the end of Jonah’s twin bed. The dresser is full of Jonah’s clothes, and you can also see Luca’s crib and changing station.

Here is the view above Jonah’s bed. Kevin painted his name for him before he was born, so we decided to leave the letters above his bed while rearranging the room 🙂
Here is what Jonah’s bed looks like. We keep the bed rail on at all times, because Jonah (when he sleeps in his bed) is a mover and a shaker!
Like I mentioned before, this dresser has all of Jonah’s clothing in it. I still need one more frame to complete the trio beneath his shelf! You are probably asking yourself where Luca’s dresser is. Well, as inconvenient as it is, we emptied out our dresser upstairs and his clothes are up there in our bedroom. Kevin and I share one closet for all of our clothes. We also had to move the glider and bookshelf out of the nursery when we rearranged, because there was just no way to make either of them fit. The glider is in our bedroom upstairs, and the bookshelf has been moved into the living room near the boys’ play area.
Here is a peek at the side of the changing station. This is the boys’ hamper, where we put all of their dirty clothes. It fills up pretty fast these days! 🙂 Also, I love our changer, because there is some built in storage on the side. I typically use the bottom shelf for storing all of our bags of wipes.
The front of the changer has three drawers. We have the top drawer filled with diapers for both of the boys and a case of wipes. The middle drawer has some sleepers and onesies for Luca, and the bottom drawer is full of Jonah’s pajamas. We also have a diaper caddy that travels all around the house. In it, we keep diapers for both boys, wipes, Desitin, a brush and comb, A&D Ointment, a travel size baby lotion, and a nasal aspirator with saline spray.
We also have wooden letters that match Jonah’s for Luca, but when Kevin went to paint them, they bubbled up and the finish got ruined. We haven’t had a chance to sand them down and repaint them, but they will get up on the wall above his crib eventually 🙂 #secondchildsyndrome
We also have this cube shelving to help keep things organized. In the top left cube are all of the boys’ socks. To the right, you can see our swaddles. The middle cube is full of bibs and burp cloths, and the bottom cube has taken on the role of holding random things like diaper genie refills, thermometers, extra pacifiers, etc.
We even have organization on the back of the door for little things we don’t have room for anywhere else. We have a coat rack that hangs on the top of the door as well as a mesh organizer with lots of pockets for hats, mittens, and other little things.
Having no closet space for the boys can really be frustrating. We have nowhere to keep things that aren’t used every day (special jackets, shoes, snow suits, special keepsakes, etc.) so we also have a lot of thin Rubbermaid bins for those kinds of things. There is one under Jonah’s bed and one under Luca’s crib. We also have the storage space in our closet upstairs packed full with Rubbermaid bins.
You probably also noticed that we don’t keep toys in the boys’ room. It’s honestly not for any specific reason other than we just plain old don’t have room. A side of our living room has been completely devoted to toys and has sort have taken on the role of a play room, even though it isn’t a separate room. I will have to keep that area in mind for another highlight post, because even though it’s full of toys, it’s very organized.
If you are curious as to where the things in the boys’ bedroom came from, here is a list I’ve put together for you 🙂
Rug: RugsUSA
Crib and Changer in Espresso: Babies ‘R’ Us
Clock above the Diaper Genie: Target
Wooden Letters: Michael’s
Trio of Alligator Prints: The Princess and Pea Etsy Shop
Frames for Alligator Trio: Michael’s
Curtain Rods: Target
White Sheers: Walmart
Navy Curtains: Target (Not pictured) 
Wall Art: Amazon (The tree with leaves) and Home Depot (The jungle animals)
Picture Frames Below Shelf: Target
Shelf: Ikea
Green Lamp: Target
Chevron Tin Cup: Target $1 Bins!
Alligator Piggy Bank: Amazon
Orange Placemat: Target
Navy Print “I Prayed for this Child…”: The Educated Owl Etsy Shop
Alligator Madras Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids
Coat Rack: Amazon
Mesh Organizer: Amazon
Cube Storage and Cubes: Target
Pop-up Hamper: Walmart
Minky Changing Pad Cover: ModFox Etsy Shop
I also have a special surprise for all of my readers!
The other day I sat down and designed a printable for the boys’ room pulling in my love of chalkboards, chevron stripes, and Where the Wild Things Are, while tying in the alligator theme we sort of have going on in there. I’m having it printed this week to frame and hang in their room, and because I appreciate all of you so much – I’m offering it to you here for FREE!
Click here to download this printable!
{ Quote is from Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, chevron chalkboard digital paper is from here, and alligator graphics are from here }

53 thoughts on “Making the Most of a Small Space

  1. I love it. We only have one room so I've already started thinking of how to fit another baby in there (when its time) We have the same crib!!!

  2. You use your space so well! I love how you decorated the room too. It's so cute! We don't have kids yet, but I still love looking at baby stuff and that crib looks so functional and space saving. I wouldn't have thought to get one with a changing table attached.

  3. You've really utilised the space you have so well. It's so light even though you've lots of furniture in there. Great storage too.

  4. What an adorable room! I love how you've done it, its a great use of space and super cute while being quite functional! Very nice!

  5. You have taken a small space and made the most out of every inch. It's not only functional, but beautiful, too. I'm loving the changing station with the added storage. And that free printable is adorable. Thanks for a peek into your space.

  6. I absolutely love this room. You really made it work for two siblings, great use of space. Growig up I shared a bedroom with my two sisters and we loved it.

  7. I love this! What a fantastic use of space. When I was a single mom, I had a small walkup apartment with only one bedroom so we had to split it between my daughter and I. Though it was bigger than your boys' room, it was a constant struggle- I can totally understand and appreciate the effort it takes to make a room like this work! You did an incredible job, thanks so much for sharing it!

  8. Omg what a fabulous job you did with your space!!!! Before we bought our house we are I now we liv d in a smaller apt In a high rise building and once my daughter was born… Space was definitely tight. Just like you though we managed to pull off making a smaller space with lots of stuff look fab 😉

  9. Even though the space is small it's so well decorated! Storage is key in smaller spaces! I live in a small one bedroom and am about to go to a little bit bigger but still pretty small one bedroom condo…you definitely have to get creative haha. The room looks great!
    Ashley
    ashleygabrielle.com

  10. I love your decorations and your storage. You've done a great job organizing this small space. In fact, it doesn't really look that small. I love how you've utilized all of the areas. Good job!

  11. it's nott importànt how big tthe spàce is, its àlways looks amazing when its orgnizzed well.i love the selection of colours and the decoration items.totally beautifull

  12. You guys did a decent job! I love your decorating style even if it's a kids room. When we have a child, we're going to have to put "it" (lol) in my husbands Bike Room. I'm not sure he'll be so happy about that hehe.

  13. I love this- we have a similarly small home so if we are still living here when #2 comes along, I'll definitely want to reference this post. We're also short on closet space, so I have all my son's clothing in one dresser. You did a great job and I love the color scheme 🙂

  14. The room design of Jonah looked very simple and minimalistic. The ambiance I suppose is very calm and relaxing, ideal for a bedroom. I like how the things are organized and displayed on shelves. What's that blue shade painted on the wall? It's super nice!

  15. Such incredible design. I could have used this when my son was born and we had a very small room for him. Thank you for sharing.

  16. I've always lived in my parents spacious home, and even in college I only ever had 1 roommate and we had a rather large apartment. I'm moving out soon and have really been thinking about how I'll adjust to living in a much smaller space. I'll have to look into a few of the options you linked!

  17. This is a great post! Our kids have their own rooms now, but I am always wondering how we will have the girls share should we have another baby in this house!

  18. You had my attention – like a mystery following your thru to fruition and success – Congrats – when my son was around 7 yrs old, we had a large condo, but his room was very small, so we did the bed up high with his dresser and desk below – seems creativity comes with having children 🙂

  19. This is a great set-up. I'll be moving soon and will far less space than I do now so I will need ways to have what I need with less room. i'll be looking for furniture with multiple uses and storage compartments. thanks for these tips.

  20. I love this layout of the boy's room even though it's a small space. I'm trying to figure out what I want to do for the boys, I don't know if I want to keep the bed & crib or go with bunk beds. You can really feel the love that went into decorating this room. I love it!

  21. That is such a great use of space. We're fortunate enough that each child has their own bedroom, though our youngest doesn't use hers too much yet.

  22. That's fun that you design your own printables! That came out cute. The room looks nice too. Good job utilizing your space well. 🙂

  23. This looks like a great room. My kids had to share a room for years. It can be hard to come up with storage ideas when you have limited space to work with.

  24. Such cute rooms. I love the patchwork quilt on the bed. I think you have done a good job at utilizing small spaces. We have a good sized house and while no one shares a bedroom, we do share a lot of the same spaces. So we have to keep everything in its place.

  25. Making the most out of small spaces is definitely a skill. You did a great job making your little space look and feel bigger.

  26. I love, love, love this space. My son is in a small room, too and what you have done here is amazing. I can just tell how much love you put into this design. It's not about the size of the space, it's about the people in it!! Thanks for the space-saving tips!

  27. That room is fabulous! We've got our older two sharing a room with built in bunk beds but they've been requesting a change and their room isn't very big… I'll have to pin this for later!

  28. I love what you've done with this space! I have three kids in a tiny room too. We are trying to get our junk room cleaned out for my daughter, but…it's a junk room and it's taking a while to go through everything. We currently have bunk beds and a crib mattress on the floor. My youngest son's dresser is in my room and my older daughter changes in there for privacy. There's no room for toys other than some of their dress up clothes. It's tight, but they don't mind and having them all in the same room certainly makes bed time easier! I don't know if I could figure out how to put kids to bed if they were in different rooms!

  29. Kids don't mind not having extra space! 🙂 As long as they have a cozy bed. I know, because 5 of us were in one room when we were growing up, there were 2 bunk beds a crib, and a changing table in that room–I've since visited that old bedroom and I have no idea how my parents fit everything in!

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