Smaller Cooler 2009: Ethan & Oliver's Shared Space

Name/Age: Ethan (6) and Oliver (2 months)
Location: Irvine, California
Family: Ethan, Oliver, their mom Linda and their dad
Room Size: 120 square feet
Division:Big Kid

Tip for Living Small with Kids: Having a small home is awesome for having small kids- there aren't very many places they can be and are always fairly near by. I can also hear everything they're doing! We keep a diaper box (plastic tote with diapers, wipes, etc) in our room and the boys' room, that way we can change a diaper without having to go to the changing pad every time. Kids don't really need tons of space, but as they get older, they do want to have a place for all their special stuff. We put up a shelf for our 6 yr old to display his favorite toys. You have to build up in a small space!

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in putting together this room? The biggest challenge was fitting the crib into a room that already had a bed, dresser, toy storage, bookcase, etc. We actually moved the big dresser into the closet, and kept the small dresser in the room. When the baby outgrows the crib, we will get a bunkbed, and that will open up more space. It took some moving around of furniture to finally get the best arrangement. Sometimes you just need to actually move stuff around in order to find what will work.

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