Preparations are underway for the new little guy’s arrival in February. Rather than create a new nursery for him, we decided that it’s perfect timing to move Littleman into a new, big boy room. Unfortunately, that room is busy being used for other purposes.
To give some context, we live in small, three-bedroom semi-detached house in Toronto. Built in the 1940s, there is very little storage. When we bought the house in 2009, we pretty much gutted it and did a huge interior renovation (D did a lot of the work himself). We tried our best to incorporate storage wherever possible, but there wasn’t a lot we could with the space that we had.
So, our “spare bedroom” became the space where we stored anything and everything. It was also where D’s clothes resided. I took over the master bedroom closet and filled the dresser in there, so D hung his clothes in the spare room closet and put his dresser in that room. Other things that managed to take up residence in the spare room included bags of outgrown baby clothes, my off-season wardrobe, piles of books, random electronics (an old PVR, etc). Basically, it became our dumping ground.
When we found out we were expecting again, I knew that I wanted to make Littleman’s move to a big boy room a big deal for him. I didn’t want him to feel like he was being kicked out of his room. The plan was to have his new room finished well before the baby arrived. Then time started creeping up on us and we realized we’d better get to work!
The first step in Operation Big Boy Room was to find a place for all the clothes. My mom came over and helped me put a bunch of Littleman’s larger-sized baby clothes into a big bin. We took those up to the farm (thank goodness we have lots of space up there to store stuff!!) I figure it will be a while before the new baby needs those things. Then, D and I went through our clothes and managed to take a ton of stuff to Goodwill. Finally, I took a couple of days off work so that the two of us could finish building our new Ikea wardrobe in the master bedroom. My dresser got the boot and we filled one wall of the bedroom with a Pax system.
D is a very handy guy and we have built a ton of Ikea stuff in our time, but holy crap. This was a lot of work. It didn’t help that, at six months pregnant, I’m just not very helpful at carrying heavy packages or maneuvering large furniture parts within a small room. After two full days of hard work, we managed to get the thing (including two massive mirrored sliding doors!) all assembled.
Next up? Putting the clothes into the wardrobe and clearing the rest of the junk out of the spare room. Then we can move on to the fun part: decorating!