After I finally managed to make use of the giant storage basket, this is the spot where I put all the bags of stuff to get rid of until I did so today. This is the spot that represents all the possibilities that come with renewal and reorganization. Maybe it’s where I can finally get a file box for all my paperwork like I’ve always wanted. Maybe it’s the future home of my knitting supplies which currently live in bags awkwardly shoved between my desk and bookshelf. Maybe I will leave it empty as a reminder of all the work I’ve done improving my living space, a little bit of floor to enjoy. Maybe —
Or I guess it can be yours. Like everything else in my apartment.
As I’ve been working on Project Unfuck My Life, one thing I’ve come to appreciate is the importance of good storage. If you live in a tiny studio apartment like mine, your options are basically less stuff or better organized stuff in order to make the most of what very limited storage space you have. I’ve been getting rid of a lot — it’s all going on the curb or to Goodwill tomorrow — but if you’ve been reading my posts you’ll also have noticed my repeated mention of baskets. They’re cheap — you can find them in many shapes and sizes at the dollar store, or you can scale up a bit and get nice-looking wooden or cloth ones at the likes of Target, Michael’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc — and they’re just really useful. Not only do they contain a pile of stuff so it doesn’t spill all over the place, I find them far more visually pleasing than the pile of stuff itself. Plus they allow you to better utilize vertical space, which is more important when you have a tiny 350 sq ft apartment footprint to work with.
A bunch of basket example pictures, including some before-and-afters, after the cut.
I’m sure I’m not alone in the “Wow, the holidays were crazy and my house has been a mess ever since!” category, right? At least I hope not!
Pre-holiday madness + post-holiday madness + I just want to relax = A messy house. For the last month (or more) I’ve been seriously slacking off. But today, with a helpful reminder from UfYH, I decided to do something about it.
I started with the guest room. That poor little room, crammed full of stuff, mostly empty boxes. It was so packed my brother had to stay with my parents over the holidays, and he always stays with me. Sorry, bro. The dining room still had a lot of collateral damage as well, so I took care of that too.
Obligatory cat pic: Wait, you’re recycling these? I haven’t even climbed in them yet!
After about three 20/10s (did some work in the kitchen and living room as well) I managed to de-clutter these two rooms.
Yay for getting back on track! It feels good, you guys should totally try it.
So I had to cancel my plans for the weekend because I’m too busy having the flu.
Got sick of being sick so I decided to get to work.
This was my makeup collection last week. I made a post about it in hopes of shaming myself into action.
And then today I got to work.
Brace yourselves. This is magnificent. With fancy collage format and everything. Because that’s how I roll.
Isn’t it beautiful?
*wipes away tear*
I love my new acrylic drawer thing. Fits nearly everything- there’s 6 eye palettes and there have to be over 50 pencil things and it all sits nicely in this 10x7x7-ish cube and it cost me $35 with shipping. It’s see through so I don’t forget what makeup I own. I tend to do that if I put it all out of sight.
I also have a helmer from ikea for my np stash which has plenty of space left over for the stuff I use less frequently.
So this is me every time I walk by my sink:
The flu might have something to do with the vomit part, but there’s shock and awe too.
As a final recap, this is what I started out with back in May:
It got better and worse in varying degrees over the months, but it wasn’t until the run-up to Christmas that I decided I needed to concentrate on it, once and for all. It’s the warmest room in the house, and I thought it would be nice to hang out in here with the kids for most of Christmas day, watching movies and such. (Presents and breakfast will be done in the living room, as per family tradition, and dinner will be done in the kitchen, but the rest of the day we can hang out here.)
Over the course of 4 days, we (myself, plus the 3 kids) turned the computer room from (roughly) what you see above to this:
Cleaning out the vacuum’s filter helped a lot, but there was also a blockage that I wasn’t able to find; B did, so it’s working now! \o/
That’s B’s desk on the left there. It’s still a little messier than I personally would like it, but it’s HIS desk, so HE can do it if he wants to.
We didn’t use 20/10s (mainly because my 2 youngest spend more time standing around looking lost than actually doing anything; in 20 minutes they wouldn’t get anything done) but we did concentrate on one area of the room at a time. We worked on it this way:
- started with the floor in front of the dresser
- then I did the corner to the left (and my desk) on my own
- then we worked on the corner to the right
- then I did the top of the dresser on my own
- then the couch and the corner by the door.
I had told B my plans for the room re: Christmas, so he did the opposite wall (where the radiator is) on his own, since it was mostly his stuff anyway (and still is, that’s a bunch of his tools up there, but at least it’s neat and organized!).
One unfucked computer room, all ready for Christmas!
So, I discovered the UFYH page last night and did some reading of the tips etc. This morning I woke up and knew I needed to keep busy (day one of quitting smoking). I decided, why not use some of these tips I learned last night to get some packing and cleaning done. Oh. My. God. I have spent about 6 or 7 hours working on this today, with 15 minute breaks every hour.
It’s a wreck! It was so messy that just walking in there stressed me out, forget trying to get anything done. Oh, but wait until you see this… Not seen in the following pictures are a gigantic bag of trash and an even bigger bag of clothes to be donated.