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Beating the Summer Heat

Hey people!  So this summer has been ridiculous at times.  I’ve had this post saved for months and I know I’m a bit late but it’s helpful nonetheless.

How to get the most out of your fan (even ceiling fan). CLEAN YOUR FAN!.  Trust me.  It takes about 30 minutes if your mindful of what you’re doing.  The standing fans have lil clasps you can just undo and simply take off the the pieces that need to be cleaned.  Some parts of the fan may need to be cleaned with a paper towel or rag (I highly recommend wetting whichever you decide to use in order to keep the dust from flying everywhere).

I usually clean my fan (and AC filter) in the middle of summer and then once again before I pack it away for the winter.  This way when the summer heat starts back up again next year.  I’m ready to go.  How you store your cooling devices is also very important!  Be sure to put it in a plastic bag or the box it originally came in to protect it from collecting dust over the winter months.

Cleaning your fan/ac will help them live longer, work better, and keep them from driving up your energy bill!

I can’t wait for fall to begin!

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Clean House Progress!

Here is a mini update as to what is going on right now.  I have a bunch of small to do’s and then I have those basic to do’s that never seem to go away.  Like, do the dishes, swiffer the apartment, clean the bathroom, etc etc.  I think once things start finding their place, it’ll be easier to get into routine of just basic clean up.  But for now it’s all a pain!

I do however love seeing progress!  The kitchen table is less crowded, the coffee table is ALMOST clear and most of my clothes have a home.

I did buy a hanging shelf for my entrance way close to hold my dresses, but once I finished putting everything in it buckled and bent the top board.  I’m not loving it so much.  So for now, that is a temporary solution that will need to be addressed in the solution.

I’ve decided to hold off on some key items until after I decide to move or not.  My lease ends at the end of November and if I am going to move, I’d rather just buy “new” stuff for when I get to the next place.  I’m trying to make use of what I already have.  This way when moving time does come, I may have less stuff to worry about!

Unfortunately, I dont’ think my dresser will survive a move so I know that is once piece that will have to go. 😦

Here are some pictures of each room area as it is now:

If you’ve seen the original videos than you’ll notice I’ve changed a good amount of stuff around.  I’ll break it down section by section another day.  For now, here is an updated list.

Entry/Hallway

  • Wipe door
  • Fix peep hole
  • Hang up art on wall across from the closet
  • Clear out shoes/bags/boxes
  • Clean entrance floor matt

Entry Closet

  • Go through dresses/coats/skirts (donate items I don’t wear)
  • Purchase hanging shelf to save closet space
  • Remove boxes from the shelves above
  • Organize boxes and items in boxes (throw out unnecessary items)
  • Purchase bins for the the towels in the linen closet
  • Purchase bed linens storage (must find options)

Sleeping Area

  • Buy a lamp shade
  • Paint desk lamp
  • Purchase a frame for the bed
  • Purchase new pillows

Dining Table/Computer Desk

  • Sell computer desk by September. — still trying to sell!
  • If the desk doesn’t sell, I will take apart the dining table and store against the wall in the kitchen.
  • I’ll remove the hutch from the desk and convert the desk into a dining table.
  • Paint top of the desk if it becomes a dining table.
  • I have a bunch of tools all over the desk – buy toolbox

Coffee Table/Chest

  • I want to clear off the top of this once and for all.
  • Decide if I want to paint it or not.
  • Make sure I’m using the space inside efficiently!

Side Wall (where the dresser current lives)

  • Once the Desk moves – the dresser will move to that spot
  • Clear off dresser top and organize all make up
  • Install shelf to hold items
  • Find new dresser to hold clothes
  • Purchase a coat rack to go where the dresser currently is
  • Hang up art work (have to figure out what is going to go here)
  • Hang up Key Hanger (have to find one first)

Bathroom

  • Find crates to hang above the toilet to store items
  • Organize under the sink

Kitchen

  • Get rid of bookshelf.
  • Find a new storage solution w/ Doors to store canned goods, recipe books, and clear counter tops.
  • Hang up art work. I did this but then the frame fell and broke as I had  placed it but not officially hung it.  *sigh* — gotta start all over.
  • Organize cabinets better.
  • Re-use empty wine bottles (lots of DIY potential)

There are a bunch of small item things I need to do, but I’m not sure where they will live once I’m done.  As with everything in life, it’s a work in progress.

Clean House Update

I’ve been really busy since I posted about how messy my apartment was.

It was great because I had PK watch the video and my two favorite quotes are:  “Wow you’re place is a mess” and “You’re going to post an update soon, right?”

I found it endearing and sweet hahaha.

Anyhow, I’ve made lots of progress but there is still so much to do.  One thing I realized is that most people have a room to “hide” things that still need work or need their attention.  Living in a studio apartment, I don’t have that luxury.  So if items are pending, they are in full view until dealt with!  Realizing this was definitely a hard pill to swallow.

Here are some video updates of how things look after my initial run through:

You’ll notice some things seem cleaner, while others seem messier.  I’ve gotten rid of a few boxes by consolidating items.  I’ve also thrown out a lot of papers and just random stuff I seem to be collecting.  I’ve organized 3/4’s of one of my closets.  The other closet still needs a lot of work but I have items coming in from Amazon to help me get started.

I still have “piles” of stuff to deal with it.  But now they are a bit more organized.  Some require me to call and close up pending items, others require purchases to help me organize/store them better.

It’s definitely a work in progress.

To help me (and you) keep track of what’s going on.  I’ve made a list of all the things I would like to address based on “sections” of the apartment.

Entry/Hallway

  • Wipe door
  • Fix peep hole
  • Hang up art on wall across from the closet
  • Clear out shoes/bags/boxes
  • Clean entrance floor matt

Entry Closet

  • Go through dresses/coats/skirts (donate items I don’t wear)
  • Purchase hanging shelf to save closet space
  • Remove boxes from the shelves above
  • Organize boxes and items in boxes (throw out unnecessary items)

Sleeping Area

  • Buy a lamp shade
  • Purchase a frame for the bed
  • Purchase new pillows

Dining Table/Computer Desk

  • Sell computer desk by September.
  • If the desk doesn’t sell, I will take apart the dining table and store against the wall in the kitchen.
  • I’ll remove the hutch from the desk and convert the desk into a dining table.
  • Paint top of the desk if it becomes a dining table.

Coffee Table/Chest

  • I want to clear off the top of this once and for all.
  • Decide if I want to paint it or not.

Side Wall (where the dresser current lives)

  • Once the Desk moves – the dresser will move to that spot
  • Clear off dresser top and organize all make up
  • Install shelf to hold items
  • Find new dresser to hold clothes
  • Purchase a coat rack to go where the dresser currently is
  • Hang up art work
  • Hang up Key Hanger

Bathroom

  • Find crates to hang above the toilet to store items

Kitchen

  • Get rid of bookshelf.
  • Find a new storage solution w/ Doors to store canned goods, recipe books, and clear counter tops.
  • Hang up art work.
  • Organize cabinets better.
  • Re-use empty wine bottles (lots of DIY potential)

There are a bunch of small item things I need to do, but I’m not sure where they will live once I’m done.  As with everything in life, it’s a work in progress.

Bookshelf = Shoe Storage

So as you saw as of my last post, my place is a MESS!

I’m happy to share I’ve made great progress but I’m no where near complete.

Today I just wanted to share with you my DIY (tad ghetto) way to increase my storage situation for shoes!

Step 1: Use the box the shelf originally came in.  Recycling!

Step 2: I cut off one of the sides of the box using a knife (please cut AWAY from yourself when doing this)

Step 3: I traced an already existing shelf to ensure it would fit (photo 4)

Step 4: Now it’s time to cut.  I used an exacto knife for this.  I only had to go over it twice! So it didn’t take me more than 5 minutes and it was a lot easier then using scissors to cut through cardboard.

Step 5: I bought shelf supports on amazon a pack of 12 was around $3.  I don’t see myself needing anymore then that so for now it’s enough.  All I had to do is pop them in where I wanted my new cardboard shelves and slide them in. Voila!

I have sandals and ballet flats so I knew I wouldn’t need large shelves.  It definitely helped get a lot of my shoes off the floor.  I have more shoes that I wear on special occasions, but those will have to wait until I figure out a different solution.

The brown cardboard looks a bit odd, so I’ll probably spray paint them white at some point.  Or just modge podge on some nice color paper to make it pop.  But I don’t see the point as it will mostly be covered by shoes.  We’ll see what direction I feel inspired to go in!

Hope you enjoyed!

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1st Step to DIY = Cleaning

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As promised, here is a walk through of my messy apt. I’m glad to say this video was taking a while ago so a lot of changes have been made since.  But you have to know where I started in … Continue reading

DIY’ing!

Like most people I follow a kazillion blogs and read a lot of stuff about DIY projects.  Everything from the simple (making animals out of old paint chips) to the more difficult (building a deck).  I find it so fascinating how creative people can be.

There was one DIY, where the person used pipe cleaners to wrap around the ends of the wired hangers to create grips (instead of buying new hangers)  I think that’s genius!  You could color code it and stuff.  (mine would be all blue). Source

Anyhow, so following all the blogs and collecting massive amounts of pins on pinterest that I probably will never look at again, has created a bit of a funk.  Everything looks so extravagant and detailed.  You see their craft rooms and supply closets and wonder to yourself how anyone could ever end up with THAT much craft stuff!

So every time I would convince myself to embark on a DIY project, I’d create a list of what I’d need (based on the pin or blog) and be frustrated with the amount of items I’d have to buy.  Isn’t DIY supposed to save me some money?!

Counting Pennies

Anyways, so it finally hit me a few days ago, I’m supposed to make changes and be creative based on what I have.  Not how much I can buy!  (and I’ve bought a good bit of crap!).  I think it’ll be interesting as I really don’t have a lot of crafty stuff, I just have…STUFF.

Now that it’s finally clicked that it doesn’t have to be picture (or pin) perfect.  I’m going to start tackling my apartment.  Trying things, hating things, just to see what happens.

I’ll keep you guys posted on how things go!

First step: take pics/vid of current apartment so you can see how things are set up. (ugh this is going to be embarrassing).