Living in a tiny cape house with a toddler, a dog, and a baby on the way can be quite the challenge. We have a cape with no garage, and only one level of living space- two bedrooms, our master which is a nice size, and Dainiel, our two year old’s room which is the size of a small office space. We are having another son in July, and have rearranged his room to make it work, but it’s tight.
Our upstairs has a small, one bedroom apartment which we rent out, and our basement is our storage, since we don’t have a garage or any other place to store baby items, tools, bikes, holiday decor, etc. The basement has one are that we’d like to redo eventually as a playroom, but we haven’t gotten there yet.
Anyway, keeping a small home clean and feeling clutter free with the amount of toys Daniel gets for holidays and his birthday just seems impossible sometimes… but I hate clutter!
Every toy needs to have a place and to be honest, we have taken a toy box or two and put them in the basement. Sometimes too many toys for him to play with at once isn’t good because he throws them all over instead of actually playing with them. We rotate them and he enjoys playing with them more.
I find that if I do a little each day- vacuum, dishes, laundry, dusting, etc. it doesn’t get so overwhelming, but sometimes life gets in the way and a week will go by before anything gets done, and then I turn into crazy momma cleaning the house on the weekend- the time I am wanting to really just spend with my family.
If I make the bed each day, gather the laundry, straighten the toys and make sure no dishes are in the sink, I feel successful. Tired nonetheless, but good about it.