I know we haven't even started collecting 'stuff', but what we have so far... I don't know where it's all going to go! We've been generously given many 'big' things we need, and I'm so thankful for them What I didn't think about beforehand was- where are we going to put it all??
So far, we've gotten hand-me-downs:
- exersaucer bouncy activity center thing
- bouncy chair
- travel bed
- side-of-the-crib diaper organizer
- garbage bag full of clothes
- garbage bag full of receiving blankets
- boppy covers
- infant car seat & base
The baby's room has a crib, dresser/changing table, and glider- and anything more than that on the floor makes it impossible to walk through the room. So, nothing else can go in there, except what stores underneath the crib. Right now, the exersaucer thing and the packed-up pack-n-play are sitting in the middle of the floor in the room, making it pretty much impassable. The swing is half-assembled in the middle of the living room. (And we don't have modern furniture and bright colors in our house- it's pretty much all subdued & wood & country, so the bright, primary colored toys don't exactly camouflage well.) Almost everything else in that list is still sitting in Josh's car. :)
And, I know this is just the beginning. Most of the Stuff left is smaller and easier to store (I think?!), I think, but the sheer volume of it is a bit overwhelming for our little house. I know much of the stuff on the above list isn't necessary, but I figured we'd at least give it a try to see what Baby Boy likes before getting rid of it.
My question for you: What are your storage tricks? Where did you put all the big "baby stuff"? Does it take over the living room? Your bedroom? Or do you just keep it in the attic or garage until needed? Because middle-of-the-floor isn't working for me right now.