Sophie's Bright Closet Room

Smaller Cooler 2011 Entry #47

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Name: Sophie (2.5)
Location: San Francisco, CA
Division: Single Room
Room Size: 30 square feet

Tip for Living Small with Kids: To keep things tidy in our apartment we keep pieces of Sophie in every room. In the kitchen she has a low cabinet for her kitchen toys, in the living room she has two boxes full of toys that blend with the room aesthetic. Her hanging clothes share a closet with the vacuum & towels, and her folded clothes are in the bottom drawer of my dresser. (continued below...)

We find that by dispersing it throughout the house the way we do with our own things, it prevents us from having clutter anywhere and it allows her to enjoy the entire home with us and "do what we do", rather than having to go to her room to do all her playing while we're interacting in the common spaces.

Also, the obvious: purge. There's no need to have clothes in her drawer that don't fit. Put them in matching bins and label them as you go to prevent build-up.

Biggest Design Challenge in this Room: The biggest challenge was striking the right balance between having plenty of visual interest for Sophie, maintaining a bright, cheerful vibe without overdoing it in such a small room. White curtains and bedding and walls keep things toned down. I had several more pieces to add to the walls and shelves, but once I started putting it all together it was looking like a crayon box exploded in there, so I resisted. It's challenging to not let it get excessive. We want it to be a relaxing space for her to play and enjoy every aspect of the room.

*Please note: the windows are locked at the top far beyond her reach & the door stays open while she sleeps & plays in there for plenty of air circulation.

Favorite Thing About This Room: We love how fresh, airy and uncluttered her space is regardless of the size. I also think it's adorable how much she loves her room. When anyone comes over, she wants to show them "Sophie's room" before anything else and wants them to sit on her bed and play with her toys and enjoy her space.

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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