There are many, many wonderful things about living in the city. We're close to museums and parks. We can hop on the bus or the monorail and be in the heart of downtown in less than 10 minutes. No dealing with traffic or expensive downtown parking. We can walk to baseball games and soccer games and the waterfront. There's always something fun and exciting going on nearby.
I love living in the city. I moved here when Daniel and I got engaged and for the first time in my life I felt like I had really truly found my place. Fortunately, Daniel loves it too, so we were both happy to settle into life in our 900-square-foot condo on the edge of downtown Seattle. And then we had a baby. And stuff started piling up and we spent an inordinately large amount of time rearranging closets to fit in one more thing. There isn't a single piece of furniture in our house that doesn't have something else hidden behind it or in it or underneath it. In the city you gotta do what you gotta do.
And then we had a second child and suddenly had even more stuff. The most difficult of the new stuff to deal with was the large double stroller. The one that doesn't stand upright, so had to be stored lying down and leaning against a wall (disclaimer: I LOVE my double stroller, it's just a pain to store). We also had held onto our single stroller for the times when we only had one kid with us or just needed a single stroller. Here's how we dealt with the single stroller storage issue:
Yes, that's our guestroom shower that we are storing the stroller in. Along with the infant bathtub and the as-yet unused toddler potty.
The double stroller just kept being a pain and taking up space until I heard about the StrollAway storage system. I was totally intrigued and emailed the company and asked if I could do a review and they kindly agreed. And it arrived and I hung up the stroller and practically heard angels singing a chorus of hallelujahs. We had a solution!
I love love love this storage idea. It just hangs over the back of the door, no installation or screwing in needed. The StrollAway is designed to fit on different size doors and has a removable spacer in it if your door is a little thicker than usual. If your stroller is large, you will need to find a door that has space behind it. For us, due to the layout of our condo, we were pretty much limited to hanging it either on our front door or our bedroom door, but it would have worked fine for us to use either. When you're not using the StrollAway, the arms fold flush to the door, so it's out of the way. The StrollAway is very sturdy, made of steel, so it can easily hold the weight of your stroller. It's designed to fit most stroller models.
The StrollAway on the back of our bedroom door. With our cat Jenny lurking in the bottom right-hand corner of the second photo. As you can see, the stroller hangs nicely there and still leaves us space to walk past to our bathroom, even when the door isn't shut all the way.
I am only a little over 5 feet tall, but have had no problem lifting my double stroller up to hang it on the hooks. The hooks are nice and thick and easy to catch with the stroller bar. It's easy to get the stroller down too- just lift and we're on our way. This is an especially great product for those of us living in small spaces, but would be wonderful for anyone who just wants to put the stroller out of the way, like grandparents who only use their strollers on occasion, or for those who are hanging on to a single stroller that is rarely used. Just hang it up and it's out of the way!
The MetroTots website has a list of places where you can buy the StrollAway. I also found it on Amazon.com. and BabiesRUs.com. It retails for $40, a small price to pay for getting your floorspace back!
Disclaimer: I was sent this product to review. The opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.