Over the weekend, Dave and I decided to transform Maddox's bedroom corner into something much more cozier. The crib was bulky and useless for a little man who never slept in it. So, instead of turning it into a toddler bed, we took it down all together and stored it away. We kept the mattress and purchased a comfortable cover with some plush to it, a soft blanket, and a couple pillows for decoration.
We live in a small yet spacious one-bedroom apartment and organization is the key to staying sane. The way we do it is by practicing minimalism and keeping inspired for our son by the organization strategies of Montessori. I'm always going through and chucking out the things we don't need or things that don't give us pleasure. Everything has its place and it allows us to never be overrun with too much.
Montessori usually skips the crib altogether and a floor bed is used since infancy. This helps teach children independence. It allows them to get up and out on their own, have their own space, and it's at their height - not too tall and intimidating or too small. Plus - it looks adorable.
Once we move out into a larger living space, I definitely want to get him this Kura bed from Ikea. I love the versatility of it. One can be a little play space while the other can be the actual bed.
We also purchased these spice racks from Ikea ($4!) and turned them into bookshelves. Two in the bedroom, two in the living room. They're amazing. Before, he had a bookshelf that only showed the spines which made it difficult to figure out which book was which. Now, he's able to simply look at the covers and know what each book is.
I'm seriously in love with this simple, sleeping space.