Before we decided to try for a baby, we put our apartment up for sale. Just because we never thought we would be able to have a baby or toddler in this home. About three months later, we fell pregnant. That’s now over 2 years ago and we still live in the same apartment. And although I never thought it would be possible, we managed to live here with our toddler and it’s working out just fine.
Just to give you an idea of our house, it’s small. We have a living room with kitchen, seperate bathroom and toilet and one bedroom. It is a decent sized house though. We love our home and it is by no means a tiny house and definitely not too small. It just took some adjusting and minimising to make it work, which is why I started my minimalism and simplifying journey.
So yes, you can have kids in a small apartment. I’ll tell you a few of the things I did to make sure it was possible, and find out what we learned along the way.
Now, this seems obvious but it is just so true. We make sure not to have too many toys. We have a little cabinet for my son’s toys in the living room. If he gets new toys and it doesn’t fit, that means we have to get rid of something. This really helps to keep our toys regulated. We have a few bigger toys or toys he doesn’t play with yet in his wardrobe though.
Read my Why your child needs less toys post to find out why and how I downsize our toy collection.
Bed in bedroom/living room
When we bought a crib we knew it had to go in our bedroom for a while, but we never thought it would be this long. During the day he sleeps in his crib that’s at the end of our bed. When he goes to bed at night he goes into that bed as well. As soon as we want to go to bed ourselves, we transfer him to a crib in the living room. It’s not ideal, but he doesn’t know any better and falls asleep straight away.
Downsize your own stuff
In order to make room for the extra stuff the little one was going to bring, we had to make sure we downsized in our own things. We were not very good at this and we are still learning. My husband plays the piano, but we had an old model at home. This is the first thing that was sold. He never played at home so he wanted to sell it anyway, now was just a good timing to do so.
We gradually got rid of more and more items. In the beginning I wasn’t too enthusiastic about this. When we knew we were going to move, not only house but continents!, I decided to get a little more drastic in this. Everything we are not willing to pay for being shipped to the other side of the world, is going. And that’s a lot!
Anyway, the point I am trying to make here is, get rid of things. Look through your stuff and try to figure out if you could do without. Because let’s be honest, we usually can.
Go outside everyday
This is something I try to do every day. We have a very small balcony, so he cannot really play outside here. I just try to go out every day. Sometimes it is to get groceries, sometimes it is to go to a park. I just make sure there is enough opportunity for him to run around. On rainy days I make sure the house turns into a playground.
I think it is important for him to go outside and be in the fresh air, so that’s why I try to make it my priority.
So, these are a few of my tips for living in a small home. What do you do to make your small home work for your family? We are always looking for ways to improve our quality of living here. Let me know in the comments! I love to hear from you!