If you’ve been following me a while, especially during this pregnancy and my many preparations for baby, then you’ll already know that my husband and I are currently dwelling in a one bedroom apartment. Where we are blessed with square footage we lack in storage space, so when we found out we were expecting, creating a space for baby presented itself with quite a few considerations.
Adding a baby into the mix required us to not only be practical, but minimal when it came to acquiring the nursery essentials and although I’ve had my spurts of serious nesting, I’ve had to reign it in a bit so that we didn’t clutter our home with the unnecessary baby stuff…and we all know what those things are. However, even though I had to get creative within our home, I am pretty happy with how well Greyson’s woodland nursery came out.
Here’s my grand reveal of our nursery in a small space!
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To create a warm and inviting space for baby Greyson I had to first really take a look at the unused space we did have and somehow create useful storage where we didn’t. We are blessed with wall space and my first thought was hanging shelves to maximize that available space, but one safety aspect to placing things on walls is that you essentially can’t above where the baby will be sleeping. So, that ruled out any shelving I had planned on placing on one of the larger walls. Also, this fact is reinforced by mother nature and the true possibility of earthquakes here in CA.
So, instead of shelving I opted for the woodland theme with the decorations. I scoured the internet for a while before I was able to find these great birch tree wall decals from Amazon. I needed them in white, I only wanted to spend about $50 tops for the decals (surprisingly wall decals can be quite expensive), and I wanted them made in the USA. Luckily these decals were not only affordable, but they applied perfectly to my textured walls and took maybe about 20 minutes or so to put up. No tears and no frustration – win! I am so happy with how well they turned out and it just gave Greyson’s little corner the perfect woodland touch I was looking to achieve.
*I didn’t use all of the decals that came with my purchase. There are quite a few branches and birds that I chose to not use.
Another fun accent to Greyson’s wall above his crib are his name letters. Again, this was a surprisingly tough item to find, but I am thankful to Etsy shop GoingGaga for these custom made wooden letters. She placed holes in the backs of them so I could hang them with nails, but to save me time and effort I simply used about 2-3 Command poster strips to place them on the walls. So far they’ve been holding up perfectly and I have yet to have an issue with them falling or losing their adhesiveness to the walls.
Where will baby sleep? We opted for a Graco Pack ’n Play that is equipped with all of the essentials of a nursery included in one product. Our Pack ’n Play has a built in, but removable, changing table as well as infant napper where Greyson will most likely spend the most of his time sleeping/lounging besides the 4Moms Rockaroo swing. If we, or he, doesn’t like it, we always have the option of taking it out and he can sleep on the pad that can be lowered once he’s older.
And P.S…how adorable is this bird house night light? Another great Etsy find!
Why not a crib? Well, this comes under the minimalist category and being able to own a product that has multiple uses. Cribs also take up a lot of space and considering that we may be moving within the year, I wanted to wait to invest in actual nursery furniture like a crib/changing table set until we’re settled and Greyson has his own room.
Until then, I’ve set up a little command center for all of his diaper changing needs. We had an old Ikea side table that we once used in our bathroom in our previous apartment to hold our toiletries like extra towels and toilet paper. I have been struggling to find a use for it since moving and so for now it will be an extra storage piece next to Greyson’s crib. It’s perfect for placing the humidifier and all those extra diapers, wipes, etc.
Remember my Holiday Home Tour post? Well, this rustic card holder is staying up year round in our home and it has been perfect for holding all those baby cards we’ve been receiving. I love how adorable baby cards can be so I’ve really enjoyed displaying them in our home. All I did was swap out the Christmas mini clothespins and used painters tape to attach the wreath!
I shared a little sneak peek into my library/all things baby organizer in my previous nursery inspiration post, but the only real change here are the letters we kept from our woodland baby shower. They were used as decorations and, again, I used the Command poster strips to place them on the wall.
I love this cube storage organizer because it has provided us with so much storage space where we lacked in closet space. I just know that we’re going to acquire more baby/toddler things as Greyson grows up and it’s nice to have the storage to place it and keep it out of sight (and reach for that matter!) – especially since we’re sharing Greyson’s space with our living/dining room.
Here is a broader look of our apartment and you can see just where everything goes. Again, I am so thankful that we have square footage for a one bedroom apartment because I know this feat would be a lot more challenging in a smaller space. Also, being practical and minimal with our baby essentials has really helped my husband and I manage our space well, but make it welcoming for our little guy when he comes home for the first time.
living minimally & purposefully with baby
Being first-time parents doesn’t mean we have to overrun our homes with baby stuff – and I think it’s vital to separate those spaces even if you DO have a room for a nursery/child’s room. In my reading of Bringing Up Bébé, it’s only solidified the importance I feel in maintaining our living spaces and not allowing our living rooms to be taken over with toys, teepees, and other baby/child things. We are able to maintain a clean apartment and managing the amount that comes in with donations or things we can purge helps keep the balance. Living minimally, but with the essentials, has really given us the ability to have a place and purpose for everything…including baby.