Small house living. It’s definitely got its perks (lower heating costs!) and its problems (clutter!) Trying to fit my growing family into our tiny 2-bedroom house is an ongoing project for us, but we’re always looking for new ways to streamline and organize, especially with baby gear. Here are a few of the ideas that have worked for us:
Think vertical. Maximize wall space with bookshelves, baskets, standing wall units, and built-in shelving wherever you can. Even hanging things from the ceiling (like plants or art) can save space.
Look down under. Cabinets, benches, and beds all have one thing in common: wasted space underneath! Make the most of that valuable storage space with baskets that can hold winter weather gear, magazines, and all the other things that cause unwanted clutter.
Prioritize and pack it away. Edit your belongings down to the things you really use each season, and store the rest. A storage unit can be the answer if you don’t have additional space at home. (And if you haven’t used it in over a year, don’t store it! Just let it go.)
Pull double duty. Items that serve more than one purpose are the real keepers in a small home. For example, instead of a coffee table, look for an ottoman with a lift-off lid and storage area inside.
Think twice, baby. When a new baby is on the way, it may seem like you need everything. But we all learn quickly that many of the items we think we need just aren’t really necessary (and they take up tons of space!) When it comes to items you really do need, look for compact versions. One great example is the Ingenuity ChairMate High Chair, with all the features of a full-size high chair in a convenient, portable chair-top design.
Ingenuity™ ChairMate™ High Chair – Emerson™
- Stain resistant and machine washable fabrics make spills and stains easy to clean up.
- Great adjustability: four height positions fit most table sizes
- The Smart Level Tray™ remains level in all positions and adjusts positions to grow with baby.
- EasyClean™ dishwasher-safe tray makes short work of messes.
- Aqua blue handles on sides of seat make adjustments easy.
- Built in drink holders.
- Converts to a booster seats for bigger kids (Suitable for children from 4 months up to 50 lbs.)
- Great for travel!
I couldn’t help but do a happy dance when I was able to put away our clunky high chair and fit our new Ingenuity chair right on top of one of our kitchen chairs.
Our baby girl is just barely a year old and about 20 pounds, so you can see she’s still got plenty of room before we convert it to a booster for her.
This chair has all the features we look for in a high chair, but I have to admit that my favorite part is the easy adjustability. If a baby product is too complex, I usually just don’t bother. See that aqua/blue handle? Just pull it, and you can change the seat’s position. Easy and user-friendly, perfect for sleep-deprived moms. After all, I’d much rather fuss over my baby than fuss with her baby gear.
The Ingenuity Chair Top High Chair in Emerson is available at Amazon.com and select retailers nationwide.
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