Studio Apartment With A Toddler

One of my biggest pet peeves is people not being willing to make sacrifices in order to get ahead.

They will come up with every excuse in the book about why they can’t live somewhere that doesn’t have this, or they can’t drive a car that isn’t manufactured by so and so.

As someone that has caught the bus with an infant strapped to my chest, rode a bike to work with a trailer on the back of it that carried my child to daycare, and slept on an air mattress for months in my friends living room…I don’t want to hear it.

So while I am grateful that I even have a place to call my own at all, I’m being super real when I say that this shit is small as fuck!

In fact, watch my latest YouTube video where me and Nylah go through our morning routine before I go to work every day to see for yourself:

Here I am though, working with what I got and ready to give some advice to those of you who have to do the same.

I’ve put together a few must have's and hacks when it comes to life in a small space, with a small child.

Kitchen Shelving

My apartment is set up, literally upwards. I may not have a ton of space width wise but these ceilings are high! Ha! I utilize the living shit out of my wall space. Everything gets hung, and my shelving racks from Target are a must have. Especially because I only have one tiny cabinet that already houses my plates, bowls and cups. These racks are great for spices, vitamins, my electronics, cleaning supplies…everything really!


I have been wanting to get Nylah in the habit of sleeping on her own for quite some time now but the thought of trying to fit another bed in here gave me a headache. My bed barely makes the cut and it isn’t even a queen! I toyed around with the idea of daybeds for a while- I just didn’t like the thought of having to go down to a twin size bed for myself. When I saw these toddler sofa beds I fell in love. They are compact but super comfy and fold out far enough to comfortably sleep two or three kids Nylahs size! Plus, it gives her somewhere to sit and lounge during the day that isn’t as much of an eyesore as a full bed would have been.

You Need A Ninja

Ninja products are a staple in this household. I love my bullet- I make smoothies with it all of the time. I even use it occasionally to mince a vegetable or two.

The most important Ninja product in this house is the 4-in-1 cooking System. Why? Because I don’t have a kitchen , haha. I guess that qualifies my apartment as more of a Bachelor than a Studio, but I make it work. This thing allows you to sear, bake, roast, steam, sauté, simmer, slow cook - it replaces your stove top, oven, steamer & slow cooker. There isn’t anything I don’t make with this thing! It runs a little on the pricy side but if you’re just moving into your new place and need it, don’t be afraid to ask someone to purchase it for you as a housewarming gift like I did.

Ditch The Dresser

I don’t have the space for a dresser depth wise so this 16-cube shelving set with the cubed pop up boxes is the next best thing.

Again, it’s not a huge eyesore or clunky like a full sized dresser and when you want you can always switch up the colors of the cubes. This alongside a hanging rack is all I need to have just the right amount of storage for my clothes.

Keep in mind , I’m pretty minimal when it comes to clothing. This may not be the best choice for you if you have a ton of items.  

Those are just a few things that came to mind when I pondered how I have made things work in this small space with my babygirl. Do you have any small space living tips or tricks? Share them with me below in the comments!

Jessica Schrody5 Comments