The bedroom and nursery

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The bedroom takes up half of the apartment's 265 square feet, and it also serves as the nursery. "Everything we have lives in a very specific zone," Maxwell says.

Maxwell and Sara's platform bed is surrounded by custom-made compartments lit from within. Sara's folding clothes fit in the cabinets on her side, and Maxwell's are on his. Baby Ursula even has space reserved for her changing table and bassinet in different corners of the room.

Since space is sparse, Maxwell has a rule he lives by. "You want to organize your space so you fit in 90 percent of everything and have 10 percent open," he says. "If you have openness, the world will bring more to you."