One of my favorite bloggers is SS4BC over at Small Steps for Big Change. Her blog is not exclusively focused on PF, and I like that. I find her to be very honest and down-to-earth about all of the different topics she writes about. Anyway, she has been working through a book called Apartment Therapy, and is sharing her journey about improving her apartment. I’ve decided that, since I’m in the throes of a quarter-life crisis, it probably wouldn’t hurt for me to give my apartment a little facelift of its own.
Mostly this is because my apartment is still very college-y. My furniture is a hodge-podge of hand-me-downs from my parents, who have very different taste from me. I have added some of my style, like the pictures on the walls and the paint colors, but I want my apartment to look more grown-up and be a better reflection of who I am. I don’t really have any money set aside for a huge overhaul, though, so I won’t be buying a ton of new furniture. I also don’t have a big chunk of time to do a massive de-clutter and cleaning all at once. So I’m going to do more of a mini-facelift over the next few months.
Next weekend I won’t have much time to get started because my parents will be in town, but I would like to buy some heavy-duty cleaning supplies and scrub down my entire bathroom. At the same time, I think I’m going to go through my medicine cabinet and get rid of anything that’s expired/I no longer need/use. The following weekend I’m going to clean out my coat closet and desk and buy a few cheap organizing bins from Target to de-clutter those areas. Then I’m going to buy some high-quality soaps and a few new decorative candles, just to make the place a little more pleasant and inviting. I’m going to purchase a new floor lamp for the living room, too, because the one I have now, while functional, is very ugly and very college dorm circa 2004. Finally, with my Christmas money I think I’m going to buy a new coffee table (I’m going to scour Craigslist before I resort to buying new, of course), a slip-cover for my couch, and some new throw pillows.
Nothing too drastic or expensive, just some subtle changes that I think will have a big impact on my overall enjoyment of my living space. And they should be completed just in time for me to turn the big, scary 2-5.