Closet Cleaning

Since moving home, I’ve spent a lot of time cleaning out my room and my closet, trying to get rid of unnecessary stuff and get my room organized before moving West. This has not proved to be an easy task, but I’ve learned a few things along the way. Here are some easy steps to having a clean, clutter free, and happy closet.

1. You’d think this goes without saying, but remove all the things you don’t wear or haven’t worn in the past year. Those jeans that don’t quiiiiite fit? Toss ’em. If you fit into that size eventually, you can go out and buy a new pair when you do. That sweater your aunt bought you that you haven’t worn since high school? It’s time for it to go.

2. Separate the clothes into two piles: donate and sell.

Sellable clothes are those that are gently-worn. Be honest with yourself: would people pay money to have these items? If not, they should go to the donate pile. The donate pile is clothes that are too old or too well-loved to sell.  These should go straight to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or some other thrift store or clothing donation site. 

3. Make some money off your sell pile. 

Whether this involves taking your clothes to your local consignment store or selling them on an app like Poshmark, it’s time to sell your used, but still-high quality clothes. This includes that shirt that your ex got you that you hate, that dress you only wore to a friend’s wedding, anything that you think still has monetary value. Sell it, and get cash to fill the void in your closet! 

4. Still can’t part with some sentimental items? 

I’ll admit it: I’m emotionally attached to some of my clothes, t-shirts especially! Lots of memories attached there… However, if you’re emotionally attached to any of your clothes but don’t wear them, the place for them is NOT hanging in your closet! In this case they belong in a box with other sentimental items, or crafted into something else! 

Turn your favorite t shirts from high school or college into a quilt! Find instructions here

Or, turn your favorite 5k t shirts into a tote bag, here

Or, make your favorite sassy t shirt into an apron, here

Phew! Your closet feels better already. 

x. M


Furnishing a Studio Apartment

A few days ago, I ventured to the mecca of reasonably-priced, practical furniture, IKEA, to begin to consider furniture for my studio apartment next year. I wanted to find sturdy, practical pieces that would not take up too much space, but would also be functional. This quest proved to be pretty successful, as furniture retailers are working to fit twenty-somethings’ needs, plus IKEA has plenty of experience furnishing small European apartments.

After this visit, I decided to peruse the Internet, looking for all of the furniture out there that would be practical in small living spaces. Here is what I found:

Everyone’s first priority: the bed. Beds should be comfortable, chic, and should provide a place to relax and unwind. In a studio apartment, the bed should also provide another function: it could serve as a couch, or provide additional storage. Here are some of the beds I found that combine function and comfort!

[Daybed with Storage] [Metal Daybed] [Double Bed with Storage]

A place for friends to gather for dinner. Or study. Or craft. Whatever you do, you’re going to want a table that will fit your needs! Also, using backless benches or stools to slide underneath the table to create more floorspace if you want an impromptu yoga session or need to stretch pre-run.

[White Dining Table] [Birch Dining Table] [Wood and White Dining Table]

[Red Stool] [White and Black Stool] [White and Wood Chair]

Fun and Functional Storage. Now, of course, you need a place to put all of your stuff! Of course, this doesn’t have to be drab. You can dress it up with baskets, trinkets, bookends, and all of your stuff.

[Cube Storage Unit] [Leaning Storage Unit] [Sideboard Storage Unit]