Every so often I get on a kick where I want to do an entire overhaul of my apartment and re-design my space. Since I can't splurge on new furniture and create my dream home via my pinterest board, I decided to just start simplifying, which had a big impact on how my apartment looks and feels.
This process served as a really great cleansing ritual, mentally and physically. It caused me to evaluate my possessions and get rid of a bunch of useless things that I've gathered up over the years and surprisingly kept when I moved from apartment to apartment.
If you're looking to simplify your space, here are the phases I went through that might help you get started.
1. De-Clutter & Purge
So. Much. Stuff. I could not believe how many empty shoe boxes, bags and "sentiments" i had piled up in my closet that I said, "yeah, I'll use this one day." LOL. no.
So, start there. Don't re-organize until you've purged. Throw away the junk that you haven't touched in the past year or know you have no use for. I started with my closet, then moved onto every counter top, drawer and storage shelving. Three trash bags and a box to Goodwill later, I feel 20 lbs. lighter.
2. Create New Storage Methods
After throwing away the unnecessary, I had time to look at what I had in my drawers, kitchen and pantry and started re-organizing things into baskets and tupperware containers. By grouping similar items and putting them all on the same shelf or drawer, they're now easier to locate and I won't constantly be buying two of the same thing because I forgot where I put things.
Tips: Never buy brand new storage baskets and items unless you have too. Goodwill, Ikea, Garage Sales and Craigslist are your best friends for storage items, and if nothing hits there, then go to TJ Maxx and Marshalls before you hit up Target or a department store.
3. Check your Walls
White space is my new BFF. I used to love decorating my walls, but in a small apartment, having a lot of things on the wall made it feel so much smaller.
Cork boards and collages were my *thing* growing up, but...I think it's time to upgrade. I took down the big pieces above my desk and added in small, simple picture frames. I put all my favorite photos, cards and memorabilia in my wooden wall frame and everything else in a shoebox for keepsake.
4. Add Greenery and Candles
I'm all about feng shui and making my home cozy, so of course I added succulents, plants and candles in every room. This helps create a calming ambiance and if you look into it, there are specific plants help clean the air indoors. I kept it simple by running into home depot and grabbing the prettiest looking plants but I'm definitely going to have to do some research on how to keep these things alive and which ones last the longest.
5. Update items as necessary
Although I don't need anything new, I feel like I can start updating small pieces of furniture as time goes on. And by new, I mean, Craigslist hand-me downs or garage sales in my area. Simple things, like getting rid of that black rolling chair I have in my desk and updating it to something more modern (and comfortable) or looking for a simple end table I can put in the corner of my living room and add plants on it. Stay tuned for what I find after my thrifting spree!
I now have a place for everything and everything in it's place.
Let me know if you have any other tips for organizing your home or office space!