Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cleaning and Organizing

This past weekend we shipped Lucy off to Grammi and Grandpa's and took the opportunity to clean and organize the apartment and get some much needed projects done.

Here's what we did:

  • Cleaned out Lucy's closet which is also a storage closet and reorganized all the "stuff" in there.
  • Fixed the lamp in Lucy's room.
  • Took out the kitchen and baby bed-which we passed on to Lizzie.
  • Brought up the table and chairs for her room.
  • Patched holes, sanded and painted the dining room.
  • Took down the evil vertical blinds and put up curtains in the dining room and "master" bedroom.
  • Hung mirrors in the dining room.
  • Cleaned out and organized the front storage closet.
  • Built storage for the bikes out on the balcony.  NO MORE BIKES IN THE DINING ROOM!
  • Put storage cubes in the entertainment center to contain library books, dvds, games, and FHE stuff.
  • I cleaned out my desk area and put in some plastic drawers to contain all our paper, office supplies and my crafting/art stuff. 
  • I cleaned out the filing cabinet!
  • Took down the shower doors and put up a rod and curtain.
  • Replaced the rug in the bathroom.  
  • Cleaned out and reorganized the basement storage-and we remembered to label all the tubs this time! :
  • Printed and hung photos for the living room.

There were probably some little things I missed, but that's most of the big stuff.
It was tiring but fun.  Luckily we were able to find a lot of things we had planned on buying, like painting supplies, the tarp for the bike storage and some other odds and ends.  We did buy some things at Lowes-like chain for the bikes and the hooks for hanging on brick.  We mostly shopped at Ikea for the curtains and storage cubes.  WE LOVE IKEA.  It's so nice to have things put away and much better organized.  It was nice working on projects with Tony and getting to spend some one-on-one time.  We can be neglectful of that and it was nice to reconnect and work together and work through things together.

For the pictures I had printed, I went to Meijer with a flash drive-which I had never done before.  I used their HP photo kiosk.  I loved it and will probably do all of this type of printing there.  I liked it because I could choose where the photos were cropped on the screen.  In the past I have uploaded them to CVS or Walgreens and they choose where to crop and they don't always choose the best spot.  I think these turned out really well.

I didn't take many pictures (!) I know-but I was too busy working.  Here are a few:


K+B said...

looks amazing! You got so much done!

The Lloyd Family said...

Wow! You guys got a lot of stuff done. And it looks fantastic!

Stacie said...

Fabulous! I love it! The framed pictures are especially awesome. And the dining room looks so fresh and fun...the bathroom too. You really got a lot done! I have had "clean out the filing cabinet" on my to do list since the beginning of the year. Maybe you can motivate me? I'm glad you got to do some real shopping at IKEA as opposed to the imaginative shopping you blogged about awhile ago. :) Way to go!

GramMO said...

I'm especially impressed with the dining area and the prints.Could you come and redo my house? You ARE the next Onofrio design Star!!!

*Bri* said...

Maybe I am way behind on the news but did you guys buy a house? I thought you were still in an apartment and if you are, it's VERY cute and I'm shocked at how much decorating/renovating you do in an apartment!

Anna said...

Same old apartment. I figure if we're going to live here the next couple years, I'd better be comfortable here.