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Display Name: kmac15
Member Since: 3/19/08

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When we were building our bookshelves, my husband wandered past a construction site that was taking down its scaffolding. Having been taken aback by the prices I was coming up with for this type of aged lumber, he offered the guys $10 for a few boards. Presto. He cleaned them up and I've got my nice, sturdy, weathered bookshelves.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | CHI Good Questions: Repurposed Lumber Source?
6/26/08 08:44 AM

I think you get used to a lot of these things in Manhattan...

I BOUGHT a 650 sq ft 1BR duplex apt with * no air conditioning (I now have a window unit) * no independent control over heat *basement bedroom with one very small window (currently occupied by one very small air conditioner) * limited light from rear-facing living room windows that face another building * bars on the LR windows (when I bought it, anyhow) * no windows in kitchen or bathrooms *one 2" wide closet in bedroom and *no tub. the bathrooms are small enough that sitting sidesaddle on the toilets is probably necessary for some people. We're exceedingly uptight about keeping the apt clean but the occasional pest (ants, other bugs, spiders, the occasional mouse) does wander in - I can't imagine living in a really old apartment building and avoiding it.

But it's an adorable, great apartment in a lot of other respects - exposed brick, built-in bookshelves, pretty (shared) garden, gorgeous historical block, nearby amenities, big (if dark) bedroom.... you just learn to deal in prewar city buildings. (My building is actually pre-Civil War, which explains some of the shortcomings.) We've made it work with two adults, a baby and a dog for some time now.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | AT on... Apartment Deal Breakers
6/26/08 08:40 AM

He's my little guy - and he really IS a jolly good fellow. I won the Happy Baby Lottery. :)
Thanks, AT!

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Happy Birthday, Brendan!
5/30/08 09:26 PM

what about a green that matches the great paint color? it adds texture/shine/durability but doesn't compete with the choices you've already made or add another color to the mix.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF Good Questions: What Color Tile for Our Backsplash?
5/20/08 06:37 AM

The story goes like this: sentimentalist/collector meets cute fireman who only keeps what he absolutely needs. Said couple moves into cute, historic but tiny 1BR. He doesn't understand why I need so many quilts and how perfect those pagoda lamps will be someday; I rue his lack of vision. Conflict ensues. Enter one small baby and one big dog and the apartment begins to strain at the seams....

Apartment Therapy New York | Thursday Giveaway: 3 Hrs of Organizing with The Clutter Cowgirl
3/27/08 11:19 AM

We have 650 sq ft and we have essentials only.

-- I got the Stokke crib - my one splurge, because it takes up so much less space. No pack & play necessary unless they're going to be sleeping away a lot, and even then only once they can roll over. For the first few months when they're not mobile, they can sleep in the middle of a bed during visits to grandparents and friends.
-- No highchair. I used the stroller to feed him for the first 7-8 months; after he was able to really sit up on his own I got a booster seat for one of my existing chairs. No extra sq footage used.
-- No changing table. Agree with all the people above, use the bed, couch, whatever. One changing pad and we're all set for that.
-- No glider. Anyone who suggested this was necessary can't understand living in 650 sq ft. I sat on the bed or the couch, whichever felt more comfortable at that moment. Sometimes now that he's older I wish for a rocker, mainly on those nights where he just can't sleep, but to do that I'd have to give up a piece of furniture. I've managed just fine without it.
-- No diaper stations, blah blah, etc. Space eaters. I have two small bins,each with a stack of diapers and wipes, one on a shelf with his clothes and another in a little bin under the sink. Three of those small galvanized bins from Ikea have done a great job of corralling all the miscellany -- A&D ointment, comb and brush, pacifier clips, baby lotion, infant Mylicon (truly a lifesaver as noted above), etc. in the various appropriate spots.
-- No big baby tub. He bathed in the sink for a while then I got a collapsible tub that hangs on our shower door (no bathtub in our apt.) when not in use, taking up zero space.

We use a narrow but tall set of Ikea shelves for all of his clothes, toys, diapers, books, etc - everything. I'm jealous of the person who advised lots of baby hangers - they clearly have more closet space than I do - but most things can really just be folded.

I did dedicate some space to an exersaucer and a jumpy seat. The jumpy seat was invaluable in getting my once-lazy boy to strengthen his legs, then I gave that away and kept the exersaucer. It keeps him engaged and busy, and sometimes those 20-30 minutes where he's safe and not bored are sorely needed.

One random but strong recommendation: Carter's makes felt "lap pads" that are, I guess, intended to go between the baby and your lap to keep you dry if he/she has an accident. That seemed silly to me and they went in the return pile, until my underweight little guy started wetting himself - undershirt, pjs, sheets, mattress - every time he piddled because even the preemie diapers were a little big. I put one of those under him each time he went to sleep - I still had to change him, but I ended up not needing to change all of his bedding each time. That was a big help. They can also sub for burp cloths when you get to that stage and I used them under his bottom in the sink during baths to keep him from slipping.

One last tip, and it may sound cold-hearted: any toys, clothes, whatever that you get and don't want or need have to GO. Be ruthless. Return what you can and use the credits as you go along for diapers, formula or some other necessity. Anything that can't go back should be donated - there are plenty of kids who need it. I'm a sentimentalist in general, but that goes out the window when you're introducing another person - a little person but one with lots of gear - into a small space.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Questions: What Do We Really Need?
3/27/08 11:13 AM

I have a tiny apartment with an equally tiny shower stall and no tub.

I bathed my baby (now 9m) in the pedestal sink (with a towel or receiving blanket underneath for softness and so he didn't slip) until he was a few months old and now I have a collapsable tub. Yes, cleaning it is an extra step, but a pretty minor one and I never thought of it as that much of a pain. (Though I agree with the previous poster - the removable showerhead is key here.) I let it fill while I'm getting him undressed and I rinse it out when I'm done -- then it hangs on the shower door with it's own little strap, taking up zero space.

I don't even bother to fold it in half as shown in the picture, but I do fold the legs down.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Question: We're Remodeling - Do Kids Need Bathtubs?
3/19/08 08:37 PM