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Get it Together Closet

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So when we were moving from a small studio to a two bedroom we were faced with a lot more space than we were used to. So we didn’t bother throwing things out when packing. We were only moving down the street and we just wanted to get it done. Everything went into boxes and when it came to unpacking, I quickly figured out that we were going to have a junk closet. We didn’t even unpack a lot of the boxes. We just threw them into the closest.  Then when we couldn’t cram anything else in there we started putting excess into John’s closet.

Fast forward to now. When we got the apartment, I elected to take the hallway closet. It had a lot of shelving and a decent amount of hanging space and I thought I could really make it work.

Well, blog friends I have a lot of clothes and shoes. Soon that hallway closet wasn’t enough. My closet would be full and I had laundry baskets full of clean clothes with no place to go. So I asked John very nicely if we could switch closets (his is a little bigger), but he asked me where all the extra junk that we were storing in his closet was going to go. The hallway closet would be the perfect size for all his clothes, but would not accommodate the extra stuff that just accumulates in my apartment.

It was time. I moved to organize and consolidate the junk closet.

Now I’m new to blogging and I didn’t realize how post-worthy this little adventure was until I was finished so I don’t have before pictures of the closet.

The first thing we needed to tackle in the closet situation was the fact that there was no light. Well, there was a light but it was unreachable. When my last neighbors took their doors they also took the pull strings for a bunch of the lights in the place too. So kind.

So we eventually after much consideration, moved the pull cord from the bedroom into the closet, and I made a new pull cord for the bedroom from some heavy duty thin rope.

Then I saw what we were working with.

A bunch of junk.

We started to make piles.

Things to keep. Things to sell. Things to return to their owners. Things to throw out.

Spoiler Alert: we didn’t keep a lot.

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The things I learned from this:

Take the time when you’re moving to really evaluate what you need and don’t need. To some extent we all hoard things.  Don’t be afraid to throw things out. And if you have multiples of things like say 20 Ethernet cords figure out how many is appropriate to keep, discard the broken ones and give the others away.

I was shocked at how many things I ‘borrowed’ from my mom or John’s mom that we never used. Exercise equipment, vacuums (neither of the two we borrowed worked for our space), routers, etc.
We gave it all back. It was taking up precious space.  And we weren’t using it.

Consolidating is your friend. I was able to get Christmas down to 2 boxes and a tree box.

Throwing stuff away feels good.  I didn’t feel bad about it like I did when we were moving. I hadn’t looked at these things in 8 months.

We can actually sell some of these things. John has welders tools that he’s never going to use again, but he can sell them used to someone else who is taking a welding class in Jax.

We were so inspired we got everything out of John’s closet that wasn’t clothes AND organized our tool cabinet and hallway medicine/towel cabinet.

So that brings me to our project for next weekend.

Ikea and I will meet again. Hopefully this time I won’t sit crying in the sofa section like last time… (I told you that place is overwhelming)

We are going to get some RAST dressers and give em the ole IKEA hack.  The dressers will be the last piece before I transfer closets. I should then FINALLY have space for everything and John will get a new set of drawers too.

I’m so excited to share the whole process with you. Sorry if this post was too long about organizing but I’m just so excited to have found space in my apartment for things.

Quick Tips: Keeping the Couch in Line

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John and I are gearing up for another big project this weekend, so this week is dedicated to sharing little tidbits about our apartment.

One of the final things left for our apartment is area rugs and curtains. I’m sort of kicking myself because I didn’t take advantage of a HUGE sale at rugsusa.com . It was an awesome sale, I missed out. I’m a little sad about it, but I’ll keep waiting and watching for another sale.

Well that being said we do not have a rug in our living room, and we got some new couches in December.

My life slowly became pushing the couch back where it belonged. After sitting on it, it would inevitably be too far back or tilted at an angle and it was getting SO frustrating. I was starting to get worried about our floors, they weren’t in the best shape when we moved in and I wanted to keep them as nice as possible.

I started researching options on google and amazon. The dura-grip non-slip pads were something like 20 dollars and it was a lot considering I was planning on getting a rug eventually anyway.

Enter my obsession with dollar store crafts and organizers.

So in the kitchen section I found these gripper pads.

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And you know what? They come in packs of 4 for a dollar and they look just like the things I saw on google and amazon for way more money.

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And the best part? They work AMAZING. The couch hasn’t moved an inch. They work so well that when John and I tried to slide the couch out of the way for the wall project we couldn’t! We had to pick it up and move the gripper pads out of the way so we could move it more easily.

Success! This is such a great option. They also sell full liner sheets like this for cabinets and I am definitely thinking about using those as a rug pad when we finally take the plunge and get an area rug.

 

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Home is where the Art is

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Adding art to your home.

I have always loved to decorate, whether it would be changing my room seasonally or decorating a new dorm room my first two years of college; I have always managed to find a way to give things my own personal style.

When John and I decided to move in together I had one pretty big request: That only one room would be covered in movie posters.

John lived in a very small studio when we started dating and it was covered from floor to ceiling in movie posters.  Here is a photo of the bed, but you can see the posters surrounding it:

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It’s great for renting, but it doesn’t exactly scream design or a girl lives here too.  Plus getting all those posters down unharmed was a huge undertaking. So when we moved into our 2 bedroom apartment I decided that only the study/craft/reading room would be the poster palace.

That leaves a lot of wall space for art and design. As firm as I was about having the posters in just one room, I knew our art was most likely going to be related to movies, TV, and theatre.

So one afternoon I was browsing pinterest (which turned into hours browsing pinterest) and I came across some art projects I thought I could handle. And then I got a really awesome idea. What if our art was quotes from our favorite movies, tv shows, books and comics?

Now this is an ongoing craft project.  We are nowhere near done, but I did have an idea to put very specific quotes in certain places. All the Jurassic Park quotes will be in the bathroom. (Those haven’t been created yet because the bathroom is the biggest project left in the apartment) The Scott Pilgrim quotes in the kitchen. And so on and so forth.

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So far it has been really fun to add personalized art to the place. It definitely makes it feel more like mine. Plus art is expensive y’all.

As we create more for the house we’ll post more pictures but for now I’ll add the photos of the ones we do have.

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The first is from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the second is from Batman Begins, and the third is from Clue.

Also I love lighting, but it is pricey! For our entertainment center I got 2 clamp desk lights on clearance from Target and voila! Cool gallery lighting on the cheap yo’.

I also love mirrors. They can get up there in price as well, but the door mirrors from Target and Walmart run about 5 dollars and they are really customizable. We added 3 over our bar area and it really looks awesome.

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Bonus in the above picture you can see the gross old color of my kitchen.

This weekend has a huge project in store for John and I! I can’t wait to post all the details!!!

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The Kitchen Chronicles

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My kitchen has been a labor of love for me. When we moved in it looked like this:

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How bleh bleh bleh! Yellow walls, a very outdated fridge, and not a lot of counter space, but a relatively big room!

And now I am happy to say it looks more like this:

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So I want to tell you a little about my favorite easy solutions to the space.

The most important thing to talk about is my landlord. You can see him in the before photo! I truly believe I live in a renters dream. My landlord encourages my projects and actually reimburses me and John for a lot of our materials like paint, tarps, brushes, etc. Yep, I know your jealous. He is the man.

So one would think that means carte blanche right? Wrong. He reimburses within reason. If I show up every two weeks with 200 dollars in receipts my crafting days and renting from Mr. Awesome would be over. So I try and find the thriftiest solutions always.

Originally I painted the kitchen brown.  I thought I would do this whole coffee  color with red accents. Well after a few months living in it I hated it. It did not match the other rooms, and it was sad. So sad that I don’t think I took any pictures of it when it was painted brown. Whoops. Shows how much I really did not like it.

So after my first trip to IKEA… (which was overwhelming by the way read more about that here: http://wp.me/p3CpzN-1l)
I had a great shelf for my kitchen but after a month had still not installed it. And before we did that I just wanted to re-do the whole darn thing.

First to go; the awful brown walls. We jumped over to Home Depot and got some white paint as well as 2 quarts of Chalkboard paint. Oh yeah.

Then we got the mother of all awesome:

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Some various cans of rust-oleum spray paint (my personal fave)

And 3 rolls of black vinyl contact paper.

Then I hopped over to Sherwin Williams for 2 quarts of an awesome red color. Fireworks if you’re interested

So the kitchen over haul had begun.

We started repainting the walls the wall with the window and the fridge wall were painted white. There is nothing a fresh coat of white paint can’t do.  I also painted the window sill black. I wanted to give it an awesome pop of color!

Then the wall with the back door was painted with the chalkboard paint.

Then the big project. I painted my cabinets.  You guessed it Red.

And slowly but surely my kitchen became a place I liked to be in again.

But the most offensive thing in my kitchen was my backsplash… or lack there of. I don’t know if you can see it from those before picture but it’s gross.

So contact paper to the rescue! That’s right. I have a contact paper backsplash. And it’s super easy to clean and totally renter friendly.  It is a measure and cut kinda job. Make sure you’ve got a credit card handy so you can smooth out any air bubbles. Pro-Tip: you can also use a pin to pop the bubbles and then you can use the credit card to smooth out the air.

Then it was on to decoration.  I wanted to have bright primary colors. A trip to the dollar store was in order. I got an awesome amount of towels, little containers, and frames all for the very low price of 1 dollar.

I then set out spraying a bunch of frames different primary colors and installing them on my wall. Pictures of that coming soon!

And finally after months ( and some pretty decent sized holes and anchors in the wall) I installed the IKEA shelf that I got for the room in the first place.

So that’s where my kitchen is today.  I really want to do something fabulous with the fridge. It is very old, and to be honest very ugly.

Any ideas?

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