Hallway Storage and Organization Progress

Here’s what this area looked like during the insanity of moving day:IMG_6968And these boxes were all full of beauty supplies, makeup, extra towels and linens, cleaning supplies, travel toiletries, extra hangers, etc. When first looking at the storage space in this hallway, I figured there was no way I could possibly fit it all on two shelves. adJOMZV2B05q4nBOrxmKlPhheyLctcFOTC2B0i_914Y

But… thanks to the miracle of storage bins and my two Ikea raskog carts, I actually made it work! I placed the black bins from my old closet on the higher shelf because they hold the items I won’t need to access as often. Extra linens for the pull-out sofa, extra towels and hangers, Christmas decorations, etc. _tNENDJAkNxZg19cxvuSaxgmFzBZrLIpnWf-1MSDx7s

The raskog carts and the lower bins hold the items I’ll use more regularly. Beauty products, medicine, extra toilet paper, perfume, nail polish, etc. It still needs some work to make it a bit more uniform and organized looking, but it’s certainly an improvement from the initial stage of chaos. GYeNxWjbdPhQ2Q_c2MKXGUBX7irw5lmmuxfBlCsZby4

Unpacking Tips

I’ve deemed my method of unpacking as “damage control” and it actually works really well and makes the process as efficient as possible, so I thought I’d share a big of the process and tips I’ve learned along the way. Obviously there’s no actual damage but I started using the phrase and now I’m sticking to it 🙂

Damage Control Method of Unpacking:

  • Get everything out of the boxes and into the general vicinity of where it will be stored at the new place. Don’t worry about organizing, styling, arranging, etc yet.

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  • Get large furniture in place first, then you can move around accent tables, accessories, throw pillows, etc. later.Hk-zWE-_lw9whUIAJ9_ZT2p9SBpJjnPpQ1AoTHUAmVk
  • If you don’t have a place for it yet, line up boxes in a hallway to tackle later.
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  • Consolidate: If you’ve unpacked half a box of cleaning supplies and have another half box of similar items lying around, consolidate everything into one box and move the empty boxes out of the way. This will cut down the clutter and floor space of so many boxes if you consolidate them as you go. Fortunately, the reusable boxes from Lend-A-Box stack on top of each other (the higher that stack got, I felt closer to the finish line), so I also saved time not breaking down cardboard boxes, taking them to the recycling bin, etc.  X65ApWdZwFMRMMAC1IN_ke0HYAB-JSAZ91HMjp_-DKg
  • Find the essentials and take them out first: food, towels, sheets, shampoo, etc. Items you’ll need to have on hand the first couple nights in the new place.
  • After all of the boxes are unpacked, then it’s time to start organizing, adding accessories and art. This way, you’ll have everything out of the boxes and you won’t be searching for something if it’s already in the correct area of your new place. After a couple days of unpacking (and Lend-A Box coming last weekend to pick up my boxes), I organized my closets, added a few accessories around the apartment, started hanging art and am about halfway finished with that end of the process.  IMG_7026Stay tuned for more progress updates on the new place soon, here are a few quick sneak peeks:IMG_7047 IMG_7051

The moving boxes were provided by Lend-A-Box but all opinions, tips and images are my own. If you’re interested in sponsoring a post or advertising, please contact me here

Quick Bathroom Organization

Behind this lovely cabinet door was a hot mess…
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This cabinet was once organized when I first moved in but had since become a cluttered catch-all. 2015-02-26 18.31.52

With a bit of quick organization and improvisation, I found a great solution to house all of my round brushes, hair dryer, straightening iron, etc… a planter from West Elm! I used it in the bathroom of my old studio apartment as well. It’s function as a planter only lasted a few months when I discovered that having a green thumb is not a talent of mine. The planter is long and thin, the perfect size to fit in this small space and will keep all my hair accessories organized. 2015-02-26 18.40.21

Along with the help of a few birchboxes placed in the plastic bin to corral other bathroom necessities, the whole process was quick and easy. 2015-02-26 18.40.152015-02-26 18.40.36Hopefully this solution will help keep my products and tools organized long-term!

Month in Review: March 2015

Inspired by Bliss at Home’s Month in Review posts, I wanted to start doing my own! With 20+ posts a month, I’m sure it’s easy to get behind and don’t want anyone to miss out on a post. I hope this will be a fun, quick way to get caught up on all the Studio Style Blog features from the past 30 days.

 

DIY Projects:

Around the Apartment:

Design Trends:

Favorite link of the day:

Styled Three Ways:

Budget Finds:

Style on a budget

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Shop Love:

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Thanks to all of my readers, old and new, for a great month! Stay tuned for lots of great content coming up in April.

Quick Closet Organization

While most of my closet is quite organized, the top shelf became a catch-all for random items I was planning to sell, extra home decor options to save for future use, etc. I had plenty of space for these random items, but it started to look quite cluttered, especially when compared with the rest of the closet.

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So, I decided to find a different storage solution (other than the Ikea blue shopping bags)… a couple big Ikea bins! Much more uniform looking and contained. 2015-03-14 19.04.02

Three bins later, I had plenty of storage for the extra items floating around the top shelf of my closet. 2015-03-14 19.12.38

 

Apologies for these terrible “after” photos, but the top of a closet isn’t the most glamorous or cooperative space to photograph…  but I promise it does look much better and more organized in person! And the bins were very affordable, as per Ikea standards. 2015-03-22 14.11.25 2015-03-22 14.11.36

Raskog Utility Cart Repurposed

While my new entry table is being made over, I had to find a new purpose for my old entry cart. The cart was a great temporary solution, but I’m excited to have a ”real” entry table. Here’s a look at the before:
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Empty again and waiting to be filled up with cleaning supplies in my second closet!2015-02-28 18.48.13

This mess was gathering in my second closet, and though I had bins for cleaning supplies, hardware, etc. they weren’t really the most functional or accessible way to store these items. 2015-02-28 18.48.19

So I cleaned out all of the bins and organized everything onto the cart. Much more functional way of keeping track of everything and it’s so much easier now to grab what I need for cleaning or laundry. 2015-02-28 18.55.43 2015-02-28 18.55.49 2015-02-28 18.56.02 2015-02-28 18.56.46 2015-02-28 18.56.54

It slid right in my closet quite easily:

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I’ve used this cart everywhere in my studio apartments, from a nightstand, to makeup storage, entry table and now cleaning supply storage in my second closet. Check out the other uses here.

How to Style a Small Desk

Small space styling: essential for a studio apartment like mine. I have several distinct areas in my tiny apartment, all with a separate purpose and function. I like to style each space individually while incorporating a cohesive look around the entire apartment. I have a small ikea desk in one corner of my apartment and with a few simple items, it can be styled and personalized without compromising a ton of space. A few essentials I like to include along with the typical desk staples (laptop, notepad, pencil cup, etc.):

  • Art: Won’t take up any space footprint on the desk but will add visual interest to the desk/office area.
  • Lamp: a small table lamp is a great touch to add for function, pattern and style.
  • Letter organizer: Another small space solution to keep your desk organized and efficient.
  • Vase of flowers: A fun seasonal element to change out and keep your work space smelling and looking wonderful.
  • Small accessory: Another way to personalize your small space. I’ve added a little bronze paperweight of my college mascot.

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This is a sponsored post but all opinions, tips and images are my own. The table lamp was provided by Parrot Uncle, an online resource for lighting. 

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