A Baby in the Closet!?

>> Monday, January 14, 2013

All the cool kids are doing it...
Ashley and Aron from Hither and Tither
Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day!
and then x2....

And a couple of years ago during a quick trip to NYC I met Jenny from Little Green Notebook and somehow we started talking about apartment sizes. She joked that her youngest daughter slept in a closet. 

Later that year she did a blog post with her floor plan and there was her closet third bedroom just as she described.

And so I was simply following in very illustrious footsteps when I decided this weekend that the newest addition to our family will be residing in the closet. You see, after this post, Remi's fairly good sleeping habits went to the crapper. It. was. terrible. One night when Bryan was on call I contemplated calling the cops to complain about the noise in my own apartment. You want to know the best thing about the trundle bed from my last post? I can roll the bottom bed all the way over to the little stinker's crib and lie down next to him without getting him out of bed, because lying on the floor with one arm in a crib stinks, but lying on the floor 7 months pregnant with one arm in a crib really stinks.

Two weeks ago the mini crib came and we let it sit in our mail room for a week. I really had no idea where I was going to put it. And then in a moment of exhausted delirium genius I got out the tape measure just to see if I were able to re-locate my husband's side of our closet to another area of the house, would the mini crib fit? And you know what, it did!

It fit like it was meant to be. And to be fair, we split my side of the closet 50/50. At this point my wardrobe is down to three dresses and two pair of leggings anyway. And at first I just wanted to put the crib in there and be done with it. But once we set it up, it was so cute. The designer in me came out and now I have all kinds of big plans for that TINY 4'-8" x 2'-2" space. One of the images I keep coming back to is this one from Cottage Living.
Adorable right? And not much larger than the space I am working with. I don't think I have ever been more excited about 9 sf in my life (the nesting has started much earlier this time). But even more than that, I am excited to have separate spaces, with separate doors, for both of my babies to sleep. One day they can share a room. Maybe one day we will live in a bigger house. But one day is most certainly not 8 weeks from today!

Plus, I've heard even if they share rooms at this age, getting two under two to nap in the same room is nearly impossible. And this mama takes nap time very seriously.

Stay tuned for more details on my nursery in a closet!


Honeybee Ministries January 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM  

This is so inspiring! We may need to stay in the condo for a while after baby comes and I keep thinking....how are we going to do this? I guess where there's a will there's a way. Love your cute solution!

Rachael January 14, 2013 at 10:49 PM  

Super smart! I've had three of our four kids in our master closet and it works so well! Kids sharing rooms is awesome...but only when they're bigger. Here's a link to our daughter Eleanor's current closet/nursery: http://myolsonfamily.blogspot.com/2012/08/eleanors-room.html

Kim Heuer,  January 14, 2013 at 11:28 PM  

poor Nate Heuer is probably going to be in the closet until he's 10. Will said the other day, "Nate sure does have a lot of clothes in his room!" Room? what? oh, right....his "room"...yep, there are a lot of clothes in there!

Dina @ Honey + Fitz January 15, 2013 at 8:04 AM  

I love it and that image from Cotta Living has always been a favorite. You'll make it te cutest 9 sq ft ever, I know it!

karen brown January 15, 2013 at 9:18 AM  

Have you seen this closet turned nursery? I think it's pretty brilliant too! http://leftonamelia.com/design/summer-of-sonny/

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Emily January 15, 2013 at 10:03 AM  

I LOVE your inspiration here and what a good idea! Cannot wait for baby sabbe #2 to arrive!

LindsB January 15, 2013 at 10:33 AM  

I love this idea and I think its going to be perfection after you are finished with it- you always have the best ideas! xxoo

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss January 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM  

I cannot wait to see more. That last image is one of my favorites!!

WanderingLili January 15, 2013 at 12:08 PM  

Hey Girl! Whatever works! Although the first week really sucked with them sharing a room, our girls figured it out so if at some point in the next year or so you decide you need your closet back, they WILL figure it out. Can't wait to see pics.

Oh and is that a double decker bed in one of those pictures? I keep telling the Hub that we need to get the "Bomb" Bunk beds from Despicable Me! =) So Fun!

em January 15, 2013 at 9:06 PM  

If it makes you feel better, I had to give up and move Hazel back to her crib after buying a new toddler bed and then buy a new crib for the baby. At least I got a cute new gray crib:) And, nap time has not been the same since we moved our kids into one room...maybe I need to find a closet for the baby and move Hazel back into the nursery!

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