It took me two weeks, and second yard sale, to complete the move. Every morning, I would return the empty boxes and those filled with things to sell or go into storage, and bring over six more on my way home from work. My place is so tiny, there wasn't much room to bring over any more, and expect the futon to lie flat. So, everything needed to be unpacked and/or reboxed before bed so it would be ready to go in the morning. There was still a lot to bring over. It was hard to decide where to begin.
But, let's start with the closet, shall we? I did. It was what I was most concerned about. What if everything didn't fit? Even with all that I set aside to sell and/or donate, I still had one coat closet and one full double closet to shrink into that itty-bitty space. The rod is only 25 inches long. Feel free to take out your measuring tape to put that into perspective. I know, right? Thankfully, I found the Real Simple Slimline Hangers, which live up to their name and have a hook with which you can "cascade" other hangers to pack more into the space. While I see they have disappointing reviews, I love them. I purchased the shirt, pants and skirt hangers, and they work beautifully. Not only did everything fit (including 3 coats and 4 jackets), I still have room.
My next worry was shoes. There was no way a floor rack would work, so I got a 24-pair over-the-door shoe rack. I did a lot of downsizing on my shoe collection and, even with having to take the rods to the hardware store to get two inches taken off so the rack would fit and let my 22-inch door close, all my shoes fit! Three pairs of boots and two sets of platform sandals sit on the floor, but my flats, heels and sneakers all fit on the rack wonderfully. I followed some of the comments (which gave me the tip of cutting the rods), so I could understand better the pros and cons of these systems. I let the adhesive tape sit all afternoon, secured with blue tape (which became my best friend during this move), and kept the tape on for two more days, even after the shoes were in place. So far, so good. The only problem is, with the shoes on the door, I have to step into my closet sideways. It's pretty comical.
In the back of the closet, I was able to fit my carry-on rollie, so I can leave for an adventure at a moment's notice. Inside the carry-on is all of my travel bags and TSA-approved containers. What they say is true: In a small space, everything needs to have more than one function.
I was also able to fit a pop-up "hamper" inside the closet, too. There was still room on the floor for my gym bag, and my gym shoes, since those go on every day.
On the outside of the closet door, I put an over-the-door mirror, so I'm able to avoid any fashion mishaps. I was pleased my little "dressing center" was complete and fully functional. Not quite the dreamy walk-in closet most would fantasize about but, for right now, it's perfect.
My next concern was "the office". I still needed to have one, but I also needed it not to take over the aesthetic of the entire room. Well, for a bit, it did.
|The utter chaos that was unpacking.|
And when I wasn't unpacking, organizing for the second yard sale, setting aside what would be going into storage, I was driving to Ikea, Home Depot or Bed, Bath and Beyond, which became a home away from both homes. Their coupons helped keep my growing budget less scary. One of the returns was the laptop table I got from Ikea. I traded that in for a snack table from BBB -- much like the one I used before and sold for $5 at my yard sale. I thought I could fold the table and put it behind my "armoire". There wasn't enough space for that and my ironing board. Once I came to terms with the fact the laptop's table would need to be a more permanent piece of furniture, I took back the snack table and splurged on this from Cost Plus World Market with a 10% off coupon and money brought in from some of my returns.
The kitchen almost took care of itself. I worried that I would not be able to fit in my Tupperware, but the middle shelf on my kitchen cart came to the rescue. Yes, I make my toast about 5 inches off the ground (the toaster goes on the bottom shelf), but it's working out well. The kitchen itself has no drawers. The cart has one, which is used for all of those "utility" utensils (microplane grater, collapsible funnel, clips, church keys, etc.). Forks, spoons and dinner knives are in my old drawer organizer and sits in the space between the mini-fridge and the counter, fitting perfectly. It's coating makes it slide easily without scuffing the top of the refrigerator.
A former closet organizer now serves as the stand for the water dispenser. It's three cubbies house my dishtowels and cloth napkins, aluminum foil and cling wrap, and a square basket at the bottom serves as a "drawer" for my aprons. At least the ones I have left.
The bathroom needed the most work. I'll spare you the photos of the faucet. That, I replaced on my own. The shower is aluminum, as are the towel racks. So why the landlord decided to get a vanity with brass hardware is a little confusing. Instead of going with brass for the faucet, I went with nickel. I added crystal nobs to the cupboards high over the commode. Eventually, I will sort out what to do with the gold. What I have to keep in mind is that I only have a year lease. I want to make my home beautiful, but not break the bank or my back doing it.
I took some of the silver spray paint to a two-tier corner shelf that I've had for nearly twenty years. It breathed new life into the fading piece. A visit to the "as is" shelf at BBB saved me $10 on a shower caddy. I don't like them hanging under my shower head, so a $5 over-the-door hook solved that problem. Then, I treated myself to an Aquis microfiber hair towel, which takes up less space to do its job.
Fourteen days after I moved in, I was completely moved out of the old place. The Vietnam Veterans of America came over to pick up my very large donation. The old place was cleaned, and the last trip to the storage unit was made. There only remains one box unpacked in my new home, and that holds all my tax prep. Yes, that still needs to be done. But the move was complete and my new home really was becoming one, especially after I hung the print my Irish faerie godmother gave me.
|I smile every time I look at this.|