2014 Highlights: Favorite Organizing Projects

Happy New Year! Some of my favorite projects in 2014 were all about getting organized. And starting off a new year organized is always a great feeling. Hope you find these tips and tricks helpful!

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Organize your bathroom with the Ikea Raskog cart:2014-04-19 23.41.45

Get the most storage out of your medicine cabinet:2014-08-19 21.49.49

Organize your closet:   2014-09-10 20.31.10

New Apartment: Closet Organization

Closet post is finally here and it’s been finished for months, I just haven’t had a chance to get all of my before and after photos in one place. I love that my new apartment has all of these wonderful built-ins but it was a bit of a challenge getting everything arranged in this new system. There were a couple of trial and errors but I eventually found a little spot for every last item.

Before:
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Progress: 2014-09-07 20.00.47

Sometimes you just need a glass of champagne while organizing your closet 🙂 2014-09-10 20.04.43

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I removed one of the clothing bars from this area and managed to fit this three tier shelf perfectly in this nook:

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Additional room for storage and I didn’t need the extra hanging space in this area, so it all worked out:

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This was the last remaining area that was unfinished in my apartment so it’s a huge relief to have it finally done and checked off the list! Stay tuned for another post about Closet #2 soon.

Check out the closets at my old studio apartment here.

Entryway Storage

Finally had time to organize the Ikea Raskog cart in my entryway. When I moved into my new place, I had it there temporarily because I couldn’t figure out where else to put it, and as the unpacking slowly winded down, I realized that it actually works in the space.

The initial chaos of the first stages of unpacking:

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Slight improvement, but still needed a bit of sorting and organization:

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Final result! Now I have a place for outgoing mail, bills, stamps, etc. and added my little vintage gold bowl to hold change and my laundry card. Eventually, I might want to invest in a small console table, but for now, this works and fits perfectly in the little spot in my entryway. More photos below:2014-10-12 18.19.30  2014-10-12 18.21.54 2014-10-12 18.22.08 2014-10-12 18.22.20 2014-10-12 18.22.32

I also purchased this rose gold letter sorter from CB2 a couple months ago and finally started using it. It looks great and keeps my kitchen island much more organized. 2014-10-12 18.26.47

Year One: Bathroom Progress

My bathroom is the smallest area in my apartment but I’ve made quite a few changes over the last year. A few touch ups and accessories can make a huge difference.

Before:

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Update 1:

After! Repurposed items I already had and changed shelf height. Tiny little medicine cabinet can hold a ton if you use it right!

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Update 2:

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Update 3 (final):

  • Re-do grout with miracle grout pen
  • New trash can and toilet brush
  • Reorganize raskog cart (again)

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Check out the rest of the Year One Progress series here!

Another Closet Redo

Finally finished my closet redo (and hopefully it’s my last). Seating, storage and divided use of space! I’m happy with how it all turned out. Before and after photos are below.

Before:
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After:

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all photos: studio style blog

Check out all of my other closet transformation posts here:

Closet Plans
Closet Makeover Part One
Closet Makeover Part Two

 

Closet Makeover: Part One

Closet 1:

Remember this? My TV Stand/Dresser Switch Up….
Phase one: purple dresser in closet, TV stand in living area
Phase two: purple dresser as TV stand, TV stand as dresser

Obligatory before/after. Still can't believe I thought this was a good plan late on a Thursday night.
Phase one: top left and bottom right; Phase two: top right, bottom left

And now, to really throw you for a loop…

Phase 3! 
TV Stand is in second closet (more to come in Monday’s Pt 2 closet post)
Black and white storage that was once in closet #2 is now in #1 and I purchased one more piece of hanging storage to complete the switch.

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This was the previous solution for my clothes… not ideal but I love the dresser as tv stand idea so much that I refused to switch it back.

Done!
Pajamas, sweats, leggings, t-shirts all crammed and very few items were accessible.

After! 

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Room for everything. And much more accessible than the last attempt at making the TV stand work.
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Leggings and pajamas go in this unit.
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Space for sweats, leggings, workout clothes in unit #2
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Also space for my ridiculous collection of Nike shorts, and college t-shirts in unit #2.

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I may or may not have been standing on top of the toilet to get this photo 🙂

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Storage for travel toiletries, extra toilet paper, shampoo, hair products, etc. I like to have a couple extra everyday items in storage so when I realize I’m out I don’t have to run to the drugstore at the last minute.

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Leftover adhesive cork from my mail project in the kitchen so I stacked three boards here for some cute postcards and mementos.
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More great usage for my second Ikea raskog cart! Everyday essentials on the top, vitamins, medicine, bandaids, etc on the bottom two shelves.

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More office supplies, storage and wireless printer kept on this bookshelf in the closet so I can keep my tiny desk nice and tidy.

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That’s all for Closet #1! Look out for new post on Monday for the rest of the makeover with Closet #2!