So, in case you were wondering….because some people have been…we intend to stay in this teeny tiny house even after the baby comes. That’s right, 500-some-square-feet, 2 adults, a dog, a baby and no dining room.
See, the thing is, we love it here. Tiny as it may be, our house is adorable. We have a vegetable garden and a yard and we can walk to the beach. Aside from its size, it’s the perfect place for a kid. And the truth is we love this neighborhood but we could never afford a bigger place here in Santa Monica. And having your own mini house beats living in an apartment.
When we found out we were expecting, it was one of the first conversations we had. Because, if we decided to move, it would be one more thing on our plate, and we decided to cross it off the list early. We are crafty and clean and we have made this tiny house work for us these last two years and we decided we can make it work for potentially two more, if not one more.
I’ve been doing some research on space saving baby goods and taking cues from Manhattan moms who have babies in 300 sq ft studios and turn closets into nurseries.
Currently our small second bedroom functions as an office and a closet. Because our house is so old, closet space is limited, so we built a free-standing gas pipe closet for me in the space. And because John is freelance and occasionally works from home, the office space is crucial. We currently have a long desk against one wall, that could accommodate John having two monitors (for editing) and me working beside him. But my own desk space isn’t necessary so we will downsize.
The Bloom Alma Mini Crib is a life saver for small spaces. Measuring at just 32 3/4” H x 37 1/4” W x 19 1/2” D its seriously tiny. And perfectly for us it fits exactly in the space along side mama’s closet along with a dresser turned changing table. Another bonus of the Alma mini is that it comes on wheels and is narrow enough to fit through doorways. So in the first few months while I am nursing, the crib will stay in our room, but later it can live in the new “office/closet/nursery”.
I’m actually pretty excited about staying here and starting our family here. This house represents a lot of good change for us and its really been a great home, so I am happy to have it continue and to build even more memories here. And although our child may not remember the place, I know there will be photographs and many a happy summer day spent picking strawberries from the garden and chasing the dog in the yard.
So to all our friends trying to get in line for the lease….back off suckers! We are making it work.