Name: Alex (2)
Room Size: 75 square feet
Tip for Living Small with Kids: I would say my best advice for living in a small space with munchkins is to be flexible! I find storage for his things in different spots throughout our apartment. He has toys in the living room, toys mixed in with our books, and even some toys in our bedroom. I love the color and fun that they add to our space. We don't have room for the big toys-- no trampolines and tents and big wheels, but we are lucky to have nearby grandparents in the 'burbs and he plays with those things when we visit.
Biggest Design Challenge in this Room: Our apartment is a long, rectangular one bedroom, just over 1000 square feet. For a while we had Alex in a curtained off part of the living room, but we decided that he needed his own space with a door. We built a tiny room in a corner of the living room. I made sure it was just big enough for one twin bed and one crib. Because of the layout of the apartment I wasn't able to give him an exterior window. So we used transoms and sidelites to allow some natural light to filter into his space.
Favorite Thing About This Room: I wanted Alex's room to be very graphic and cool (think yellow, gray and black), but also kind of crazy and fun (multi-colored walls! toys everywhere!) At first these two goals were at odds with each other, but I feel like in the end I achieved exactly the feeling I wanted. We just transitioned Alex into his big boy bed, so the crib is still up as back up. But now I know for sure that when baby number 2 comes someday, we'll have a spot for another munchkin.
Thanks for your entry Jessica and good luck!