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Four Easy Steps to Organize Your Mail Mess

Every couple of weeks, I make sure to do these simple steps to avoid a total pile up of mail and paperwork… although I should start doing it once a week! Anyway, I’ve found that these four steps are a foolproof way to quickly sort through catalogs, coupons, and other paperwork lying around.

Here are a few before photos of my mail and paperwork that have outgrown my lovely letter sorters and bins around the apartment:

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I gathered them all together, along with an empty trash can to begin the process:2015-02-10 16.45.10

 

1. Sort: Gather everything in one place, and make piles for everything: trash/recycle, coupons to save, bills to pay, paperwork to file, notes to follow up on, etc.

2. Toss: Recycle anything you don’t need: expired coupons, paid bills, old catalogs, fliers, finished to-do lists, etc.

3. File: File any important items you’ll be using soon and keep them at the front of your bin, organizer, letter sorter, etc. Bills due soon, coupons to use, prescriptions to fill, take out menus, etc.

4. Save: Any remaining items that went into your ‘save’ pile that you want to keep but don’t immediately need. For example: completed tax documents, paystubs, etc. Save those somewhere separate (and safe) in your home or apartment where you can access later if needed but they also won’t be piled up among your everyday items on the counter, entryway table, etc.

After photos: large pile to be recycled in the bin, along with a manageable amount in my letter sorters.

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New Living Room Rug Reveal

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I recently ordered this rug (on sale!) from Target. It finally arrived and I’m so thrilled with the new look. The rug looks fantastic with my current furniture and decor and was a great little refresh for my apartment.

Here are a couple before shots with the old rug:

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After a bit of shifting and measuring, I put it slightly back under the front legs of my sofa (as I did with the old rug) and added the coffee table back on top:2015-02-23 16.43.53

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Suprisingly Easy Necklace Storage

Tackling necklace storage can be tricky. Saving space, time and money is key, and I managed to find a great solution.

Smaller, delicate necklaces like this one can get easily tangled in the mix of many others in my collection:

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Thinking outside the box and using this tie/belt hanger for necklace storage is a perfect fit for all of my necklaces, takes up minimal space in the closet, and I can easily access everything without tangling:

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An easy and affordable solution to necklace storage and another reason why I love using non-traditional items to make something work!

The Silver Ball Necklace was provided by Pearl and Clasp but all opinions, tips and images are my own. If you’re interested in sponsoring a post or advertising, please contact me here

New Additions From H&M Home

I shared a couple of my favorite finds from H&M Home a couple weeks ago, and I decided to order a few items for my apartment. The little gold pineapple is the perfect addition to my side table and the copper basket is great storage in the closet for my winter accessories. The stylish new purchases have arrived and here are a few photos! 2015-02-12 16.48.19 2015-02-12 16.48.24 2015-02-12 16.49.40  2015-02-10 16.40.10 2015-02-10 16.40.16 2015-02-10 16.40.37

Studio Apartment Living Room Transformation

One of my close friends (who also has a studio apartment) recently got a major couch upgrade and I had to share! Her old Ikea couch was too small for the space so we scoured through CB2 to find the perfect replacement. Enter: the Ditto Grey Sectional. It works with her existing furniture, plays well with the color scheme and is much more size-appropriate for the space. And best of all: it’s gorgeous! Before and after photos below.

Before:

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After: 2015-02-13 13.27.11

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With a few new throw pillows, this look will be complete! I had a great time helping pick out the couch and a couple other pieces of furniture for her space.

Give Your Walls a New Look in Five Minutes

Looking for a quick and easy way to change up a look in your entryway, living room, office, etc? Rotating art is a simple solution that will instantly change the look of your space. While I love all the art I’ve collected over the years, looking at the same pieces every day can get a bit boring. I suggest keeping several pieces on rotation, especially in high-traffic areas of your apartment or home. You can pretend that you live in your very own gallery! My entryway was in need of a quick update, so I switched out a piece of art and it’s refreshing to walk into my apartment and see something new!

Here’s the before:

While I adore this painting, (bought in Monmarte, Paris while studying abroad many years ago) I’ve had it for a long time and don’t always notice it anymore. When it’s time to rotate it back in, I’ll actually be delighted to see it again!2015-02-14 15.33.07 2015-02-14 15.33.10

And after:
This new piece of art will grab my attention as soon as I walk in the door! I visited Venice many years ago and this brings back wonderful memories and makes me want to return. 

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The Venice art piece was made by Darren Gygi and you can find the nearest retailer to you by clicking on this link: http://www.darrengygi.com/homecollection/

This is a sponsored post but all opinions, tips and images are my own. The painting was provided by Darren Gygi.

If you’re interested in sponsoring a post or advertising, please contact me here.