Smaller home with kids-how does it work for you?

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

We have 2 kids, and a cat and dog- so 6 living things in our house!  We live in a 3 bedroom townhouse with a small fenced in yard. I often think people have ridiculously big houses- you really don’t need that much space to have kids. But I will say, I am big on weeding out old toys/clothes and not having clutter around. Also, I do a lot of outdoor things- going to the park, little hikes etc.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Laurenplusalex:  I guess this depends what you mean by a smaller home. If you want to have 3 children a 2 bedroom won’t work etc.. We have bought a 3 bedroom home that needs fixing up. Plus side our yard is pretty damn big, but we aren’t looking to have children for a while so we figured we will fix it up hopefully before then. The fixing bit is how we could afford it… I know children who were raised in a block of flats who turned out perfectly fine as the grounds of the flat were safe for them to play on. I have friend who were raised in smaller homes and it just meant the rooms were smaller and that the yard didn’t allow them to play games which called for more space but we would go to the park for that then. I think it can work as long as you aren’t cramming too many people into the space, like 3 children in one room for instance

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The smaller your home, the more stuff you have to get rid of, so as not to have clutter.  I was raised in a house that was about 1700 sq feet, tops.  It was small but livable.  Only 2 kids, so we each had a BR.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We survived on 1.5 baths and 3 small BRs.  We also had a storage shed in the back.  But, really, the key is just not having much stuff……

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Laurenplusalex:  I honestly don’t see a problem with a child in a 2 bedroom.. I guess you could get away with 2 in there for a while but especially if one is a boy and one is a girl there comes an age where they need their own space. I honestly understand why you want a smaller place, trust me between the roof and garden at our place right now I totally get it. <br />We chose to get a border collie though and there was no way I could leave her alone at home during the day in a small yard so for us the yard was a non-negotiable, we didn’t mind a smaller house as long as the yard was reasonably sized. But like I said a single kid in a 2 bedroom is totally do-able.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

the house my mom moved into after my parents divorced was a small cape cod style house. my mom lived there with my brother and i was home when not at college and lived there a few years after.  i felt that it was small for the 3 of us.  but the previous family lived there with 4 children. we were always baffled how they did it.

the house has built in storage everywhere you could imagine.  the man who lived there before knew how to use space.  so organization is probably key to keeping things manageable.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  ajillity81.
Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

It was DS and I in a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 900 sq ft townhouse and we did just fine. But I have to say that when Mr. LK started spending weekends at our house, it started feeling really cramped really quickly. Could we have done it long term? Probably. Are we happier with more elbow room? You betcha. Having 2 bathrooms is essential for me now. I refuse to share a bathroom with a teenage boy. Refuse.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Laurenplusalex:  we live in a 3bedroom house that’s 1500 sq ft. We have 1 baby and I won’t lie it’s tight! We could swing another baby in there if we had to though. We don’t have a basement or a garage and if we did things would be much improved! We generally like to keep our baby gear count as low (and compact) as possible. I would love a play room but luckily our living room is huge so we designated a section of it as the play area. Kind of an eye sore, but that’s what having kids is about!

My husband is a huge pack rat. If he got rid of all the stuff he doesn’t use it would make a world of difference. 

It can be done though! I wouldn’t worry too much about it. We want 4 kids though so we definitely will be moving sometime soon.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I don’t have children, but I am a nanny with obsessive compulsive tendencies. I also live in a tiny house about 800 square feet.

My first tip would be to stay organized. Everything has a place, and everything in its place, always.

Once something new comes in the house, something has to go. That goes for toys, games, shoes etc. Otherwise, one can drown in “stuff”!

One great tip is to hold on to items with duel purposes. For example, instead of a normal twin bed for a young child, a bed with built in storage can take advantage of some often overlooked space. This can also be applied to the kitchen, where I find I need the most help. I do not need an apple corer, so I got rid of it as it only served one purpose.

Also, take advantage of vertical space! The nursery of a child I babysit has a shelf that runs the entire perimeter of the room. This is great for the keepsake items Mom wants to keep but Baby is too young to appreciate. 

I also downsized my wardrobe a bit. For the colder months, I no longer have tons of sweaters and long sleeved shirts. I purchased three neutral cardigans and I wear them over my summer tank tops.

Through my years as a nanny, I have noticed babies/children have a lot of “stuff”. One does not need all the newest gadgets. A bowl with warm water works just as well as a bottle warmer. A wipe warmer is basically useless. A diaper genie does nothing to combat the smell of soiled diapers.

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