Having twins means double of everything. Two sets of clothes, two sets of toys, and of course, a mountain of food. All of this takes up space which means you have to start thinking about where to put it. Follow these solutions to stop your home (and you!) from being overwhelmed.
1. Think Smart
The first thing to do is get some smart storage in place. Under the bed, inside the bottom of a chair or table, shelving on the wall – these are all spaces that can become storage which aren’t currently being used. Get some smart furniture and add your own shelving so that you have more storage space available to begin with.
2. Categorize Everything
Your twins should be able to clean up after themselves before long, so make sure that everything has a home and the ‘right’ place to be put away. Toys can go in one area, summer clothes in another, winter clothes in yet another, and so on. This way, you know where everything is when you want it.
3. Create a Policy
A great policy to have to avoid overcrowding is a one-in one-out policy. This means that if your twins want to get a new toy, they have to get rid of an old one first. You might give it to charity, to another family member, or even sell it. What’s important is that you don’t take on new items when you’re already at capacity!
4. Hire Storage
When you have things you don’t want to part with just yet, but you are no longer using, storage might be the answer. You can find space for cheap through the sharing economy. Self-storage is in good supply on sharing community websites, so you will probably have a lot of options to choose from in your local area. This is a good option when you don’t need access to things daily but still want to keep them.
5. Enforce Sharing
Do your twins really need two of everything? If they’re the same size, then they can share clothes easily. They should also learn to share toys so that they grow up with a good sense of fairness and communication. This will get them started on their emotional and social development early, so you’re also doing them a favor! Make them share and they’ll soon stop asking for two of each item.
6. Ask Carefully
When thinking about birthdays, Christmases, and other days of celebration, your twins are probably both getting presents at the same time. Ask relatives and friends to buy carefully. Make sure that you don’t end up with things they already have or don’t need. Usable items are the best option as once they’re done, they don’t take up room anymore! Special foods, bath and shower items, cosmetics or toiletries, and so on fall into this category.
7. Use Everything
Make sure that you use every bit of space you have available. If you have an attic or a loft, or a basement, these can be filled with boxes that you can exchange seasonally. Their winter clothes can go away all summer – and in the winter, you might just find they need a new wardrobe anyway due to growth.
It’s a good idea to audit your twins’ things often – getting rid of clothes that no longer fit, or toys that they no longer enjoy playing with. If you’re planning on having more children, you might consider putting them into storage until they are needed again. Otherwise, sell everything or give it away so that someone new can enjoy it!
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Emma Lewis is a loving mother, a devoted wife and a part of the team supporting Spacer – a company helping you find storage space in Sydney whenever you need it. Emma is also a staunch supporter of the sharing economy and often mentions its benefits.