2015 Highlights: Getting Organized

Now a common theme among the last several years… 2015 included an apartment move. With that, comes lots of packing, unpacking and general organization. Last year, I did a 2014 Highlights series and wanted to start that up again as we’re approaching the end of 2015 (how did that happen?!).

First up in the series, getting organized. I know this is on many resolution lists for next year, so hopefully these tips and tricks from the past year on my site will help jump start your organizing spree! It’s definitely a daunting process, but feels wonderful once done, and it just seems to make everyday living easier when you don’t have to search for something in the kitchen, bathroom, closet, etc. I’m highlighting some of my favorite posts over the past year, some include moving-related organization, and others are from my old apartment and now, my ‘new’ place. Stay tuned this week for more 2015 highlights coming up!

Organizing Your Space:

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Kitchen Cabinet Organization: Before and AfterPwvS5DAzStsnQsnNwhtOiLCdoHI7uD24Yw7GqIAzVeg

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Moving:

Packing Tricks and Tips
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Unpacking Tips
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Month in Review: November

This post is a week overdue but I didn’t want to interrupt the gift guide series last week, so here we are! November was full of apartment updates, Project KC progress, design inspiration and a little seasonal content. I have some great holiday content lined up for December and a few more exciting apartment updates coming this month as well.

Check out everything from November below! 

Design Inspiration Series:
The Entryway: Black, White and Gold
The Living Room: Traditional with a Twist
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Seasonal/Holiday:
Christmas 2015 Inspiration
Interview with the Kitchn: Small Space Thanksgiving
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Project KC Series:
Living Room Progress Part II
Kitchen Progress
Dining Room and Entry Progress
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Decor, Updates and Organization:
New Additions and Accessories
Closet Solution with Room Dividers Now
Organize Your  Medicine Cabinet with Three Easy Tricks
Apartment Progress: To Do List Updates and Additions
New Bedroom Lamp from Parrot Uncle
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Organize Your Medicine Cabinet with Three Easy Tricks

In my last apartment, I was fortunate enough to have two giant medicine cabinets in my bathroom and it was such a great space for storage.

2014-08-19-21-49-49 In my new apartment, I only have one smaller medicine cabinet so I had to do some editing and re-organizing so I’m sharing some of my favorite tips here:
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  1. Edit: Only include what you absolutely need in the medicine cabinet, daily makeup, cleanser, vitamins, toothbrush, etc. If you have a small one like mine, store everything else in another place. Nail polish you only use every once in a while, eye makeup you don’t wear every day, etc can live somewhere other than your medicine cabinet. IMG_8926
  2. Pay attention to height: Most medicine cabinets have adjustable shelves, so to get the most out of your space, organize items according to height.
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  3. Out of the box storage: This is key to keeping organized and allowing you to add a ton of small items in your medicine cabinet. I’ve used everything from mason jars, vintage glassware and trays to small boxes and kitchen organizers to store just about everything in this small medicine cabinet. Find similar items that you already have around the house and use those to organize and store your essentials.

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Apartment Progress: To Do List Updates and Additions

 

Most of the items on my Apartment To Do List post just over a month ago are checked off and now I’m left with another new list of small projects. It always feels so nice to cross off the big items so I thought I’d share a quick update and new items and projects (coming to the blog, of course) for the next few weeks.

Living Room:

  • Lighting: Need lamp for dining area and replace broken lamp in bar area 
  • Rug: Need one for door leading to balcony, small entry rug needed (turns out, my front door will not allow any rug, no matter how small or thin, to stay put and immediately gets stuck and crumpled into a corner when opening and closing the door so I’ve officially given up on this item)
  • Replace TV, clean up cord mess behind credenza
  • New tv: lamp swap
  • Blank wall behind credenza 
  • Reorganize and style bar area

New additions:

  • Organize inside coffee table drawers (they might look fine from the outside but the inside of each drawer is a hidden hot mess)
  • Organize hall closet (just needs a bit of tweaking)
  • Paint touch ups
  • Re-install Stain Master rug (after an unfortunate water leak, I had to rip up the squares and all of the sticky strips were waterlogged but stain master was kind enough to send me a replacement box!)
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Kitchen:

  • Reorganize cabinets

New additions:

  • Miracle grout pen on tile (I’m not a fan of the tile or the grout in this kitchen but the miracle grout pen will surely make an impact)
  • Paint Touch Ups
  • Finally take updated photos for the blog!
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Bedroom:

  • Gallery wall– get new photos printed, add remaining row at the bottom 
  • Move old TV into bedroom
  • Black bookshelf– too small and awkward, sell and replace with smaller credenza/dresser
  • Add floor lamp 
  • Finish organizing bedroom bookshelf, items on desk and pink stool (this has now been transferred to the next list because I still keep putting it off)

New additions:

  • Paint touch ups
  • Style desk
  • Style white dresser
  • Organize inside white dresser (huge mess hiding inside)
  • Touch up paint on nightstand (my rescued nightstand usually needs a touch up once a year and it’s about that time again)
  • Install rug pad for rug in front of closet (my failed entry rug idea- see the top of this post- was relegated to the bedroom and it actually works quite nicely in front of the sliding closet doors)
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Bathroom: New Additions:

  • Miracle grout pen on tile (grout definitely needs a makeover in the bathroom as well, hello old building)
  • Organize medicine cabinet (this is mostly done but I need to do some final tweaking and take photos for the blog)
  • Paint touch ups
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Hallway:

  • Hide/cover hall closet area so it looks less chaotic 
  • Finish organizing hall closet area (not quite finished)

New additions: 

  • Re-organize hallway shelving (Still needs some work but I can’t wait to share the solution I found to hide this spot! Coming to the blog next week)
  • Paint touch ups
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Month in Review: September

September was full of updates and progress around the apartment, organization tips, apartment tours and plenty of design-goodness. Check out the full recap below if you missed anything!

Apartment Updates:
Bar Styling
Lighting Updates
Craigslist Score + Gallery Wall Updates
Creating a Rug with Stainmaster Signature Squares
Crossing the Finish Line: Apartment To Do List
New Apartment Progress + Painting ‘After’ Photos
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Apartment Tours:
Studio Apartment Tour: Chicago
Studio Apartment Tour: Cincinnati
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Organization:
Kitchen Cabinet Organization: Before and After
Making the Most of a Smaller Closet
Hallway Storage and Organization Progress
Unpacking Tips
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Design and Decor:
Favorite Design Reads of the Day
Ask Studio Style Blog: Volume VI
Round Up: Floor Lamps Under $200
Design Inspiration: The Office (Chic and Modern)
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Kitchen Cabinet Organization: Before and After

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the kitchen cabinets were unpacked in the “damage control” method and needed a bit of reworking and organization. The cabinet space and layout is a bit different than my last kitchen, so I wanted it to be the most efficient use of space as possible. Here’s a look at the before and after.

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Crossing the Finish Line: Apartment To Do List

I moved in almost one month ago to the day and I’m finally starting to feel like the apartment is closer to ‘done’. While the decor process is never fully done (and I like to mix it up fairly often), I am crossing many things off the to do list and to purchase list so I thought I’d share some of the progress and a peek at many of the updates you’ll see on the blog soon.

Living Room:

  • Lighting: Need lamp for dining area and replace broken lamp in bar area (both done, lighting post coming soon!)
  • Rug: Need one for door leading to balcony, small entry rug needed (half done, awesome new rug concept coming to the blog later this week)
  • Replace TV, clean up cord mess behind credenza: (half done, my poor old tv decided it was no longer compatible with my cable box and I can’t exactly live without my real housewives fix, so I finally gave in after months of troubleshooting and got a new one. Cord mess still needs to be tackled.)
  • New tv: lamp swap? (New tv looks great, but the new model is much slimmer than the 8 or 10 year old one I had before, so the mint lamp is currently dwarfing the poor tv. I might move the mint lamp back to its old home on the night stand and bring my white table lamp here instead.)
  • Blank wall behind credenza (With the new tv, the wall behind the credenza is looking more and more bare, and rather than add another gallery wall or large art, I found the perfect piece. You can probably figure it out if you follow me on Instagram.)
  • Reorganize and style bar area (One of the projects I accomplished this past weekend, and found two new adorable trays to get the job done. It might need a few more tweaks but it’s looking much better.)

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Kitchen:

  • Reorganize cabinets (Done, kitchen organization post coming soon)

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Bedroom:

  • Gallery wall– get new photos printed, add remaining row at the bottom (Photos from my latest trip to New York ordered, and I already have other frames on hand to use so I can finish this wall as soon as the prints arrive.)
  • Move old TV into bedroom (done, though it looks ridiculous on the black bookshelf…)
  • Black bookshelf– too small and awkward, sell and replace with smaller credenza/dresser? Craigslist? (On the hunt for something shorter and longer so the scale is right… likely mid-century, and most importantly, something affordable)
  • Add floor lamp (Finished living room lighting, so I moved the broken floor lamp in the bedroom for it’s final couple days or weeks until my new floor lamp arrives)
  • Finish organizing bedroom bookshelf, items on desk and pink stool (still not done, I’ve been avoiding this like the plague for some reason.)UATQI1MU7woZB6MQYgvGgdoXiCtkUTqHemsl6qCMQk0

Hallway:

  • Hide/cover hall closet area so it looks less chaotic (might have found the perfect solution for this, stay tuned)
  • Finish organizing hall closet area (not quite finished)

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Thankfully I made a decent amount of headway this weekend so the list isn’t looking so daunting. Can’t wait to share more progress and updates very soon!