Anyone who knows me well knows that I love having a neat and tidy home. When I was single, my home used to show pretty close to a “House Beautiful” magazine cover every day. It was easy to make it look that way when I lived alone.  Well…that was before marriage and then we had kids.  50 is the New Mommy provided a tip for small space living with kids to Redfin for their blog this month.  That tip along with nine other great tips has been included as one of their top 10 tips!  

Now that we have kids, most days our home shows more like a trashed toy store at the end of a busy day.

Luckily, I have been able to find solutions for the massive amounts of toys and things that come with twins. Think 2 of everything!

This month, 50 is the New Mommy has been featured in a Redfin Blog  “Tips for Small Apartment Living with Kids“.  

Designate space and furniture for toy storage – Tip for Small Space Living with Kids

Storage Solutions in small spaces with kids!

As a twin mom of 3-year-old boy toddlers, toys can quickly take over every room. To keep the toys at bay (twins – think two of everything) we have designated areas and pieces of furniture for toy storage. For example, in our family room, we use a hinged, soft close, tufted fabric ottoman as a toy box and coffee table. Once the day is done, the toys are stored away in the ottoman and we simply place a cute tray on it to use as our coffee table. Perfect for drinks and the remote. – 50 is the New Mommy



My love of having a tidy and neat home hasn’t changed.  My expectations of how to get that neat and tidy home has.  I basically let the mess and crazy be until right before dinner time.  The goal is to pick everything up before dinner, bath, and bedtime.  At the end of the day, after bedtime, if I can come into the family room without tripping over a mound of toys, it’s been a successful day.  My goal in the evenings is to be able to sit, relax with a cup of tea or glass of wine and watch a show in my neat and tidy family room.  

More DIY Projects to share this month

My love of all things DIY or decorating is something I love to do. I also love sharing the before and afters of those DIY projects.  If you would like to see some of my DIY projects, check out my family heirloom project that turned out better than I expected!  I plan to post my primary bedroom makeover later this week and also share my ideas and low-cost things you can do to uplevel your home living space without doing a complete remodel!  I’m super excited to share those ideas with you. They are things that I have already done or are in the process of doing at our home too!  I’ll even share some before and after photos for you!  Stay tuned!

I hope the tips for small space living with kids are helpful for you.  If you have a great organization or storage tip, you’d like to share, please comment below.  I love hearing tips from other parents on how they manage the mountains of toys and other stuff that come along with kids these days!