It’s finally, FINALLY April. After a particularly cold winter with a few too many snowstorms, I’m absolutely loving this 50 degree weather we’ve been having (the Texan in me never thought I’d say THAT…). It’s time to get my tiny apartment out of hibernation.
Of course, if you’re anything like me, motivation is key. How do I motivate myself? Real Simple Magazine, for starters. I have a subscription, and every time I read it, I want to clean and organize my apartment. I also want to paint it and go spend ridiculous amounts of money on fixtures at Anthropologie, but I’ll save that for after I buy a place.
But that wasn’t even my biggest motivator today. No, today I saw this video about a woman with a – wait for it- NINETY SQUARE FOOT APARTMENT. On the Upper West Side. For $700/month. (Yes, I realize that you can get a nice apartment with a laundry room for that in Indy…) And it was super organized and cute. It made me feel a little bad about all the complaining I’ve done about my small apartment (which is probably a whopping 550 square feet). If she can make her apartment organized and cozy, why can’t I?
When I moved here almost a year ago (!!), I got rid of a LOT of stuff. Like, a LOT. At least half of my furniture, and countless bags of clothing/purses went to Goodwill. I sold my violin and guitar, and tried to keep to the bare essentials- so, lots of books and too much clothing. Andy and I have managed to almost get our apartment in a livable state, but we could really use another closet and room for another big bookshelf.
Organizing our apartment will be an ongoing project, but this weekend I did what I could to clean the other parts. Like most New Yorkers, I had my laundry sent out yesterday, but it won’t be back until tomorrow morning. Today after ballet, I cleaned and mopped (that’s right, MOPPED- not swiffered!) the kitchen and cleaned the bathroom. We changed the sheets and did our monthly paranoid preventative bedbug spraying in the bedroom. We finally threw out my gigantic cardboard box of big pictures (just the box, not the pictures), and now I’m going to have to figure out where to put them.
So, drumroll……..I’m finally ready to post some pictures of my apartment! I know some of my friends back in Indy have asked to see it. I’ve given a few Skype tours, but I still think the size might appear shocking to my friends in Indiana (for a frame of reference- my ENTIRE apartment could fit in the living room of the apartment I shared with Sarah and Katie a few years ago…).
So here’s my semi-clean apartment. Does anyone have any organization tips? (That don’t require a huge trip to Ikea..)
Bedroom, with Tinker blinded by the flash. To give you a sense of the size of the room- I’m standing in the doorway for this picture, and that’s a full size bed- not queen.
Bedroom, standing on the corner of the bed. We have a VERY small closet and a few overhead cabinets, but that’s pretty much it for built-in storage space.
Living room, from the bedroom door. This is where the magic happens- this is a living room, dining room, office, and more. The black and white poster/picture collage is still a work in progress. That’s Andy’s project.
Next up, the kitchen: (taken from right in front of the fridge. All you’re missing is the fridge and the recycling bins.)