Operation: Organize Apartment [part 1. living room]

Organize, organize, organize: it’s in my DNA.  However, this summer I was way too busy to even acknowledge the fact that our living room was a complete disaster.  A couple weeks ago, T and I looked at each other and mutually agreed that something needed to be done… fast.

Browsing online and through catalogs, we finally stumbled upon a beautiful “grey-blue” sideboard table on One Kings Lane.  A perfect mix of shabby chic and functionality, T and decided it was a must have for our living room.  Finally, a place to store music and to display our coffee table books, no longer to be used as coasters!

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After we assembled the table [in 3 easy steps], I got to decorating the top and bottom shelves.  The first thing that came to mind was to move was our cookbooks, hidden away in the corner cabinet.  The top of our fridge is overflowing with booze [mostly left over from this summer’s parties], so I took down two Costco-sized gin bottles and transformed them into book ends for the row of cookbooks.  It’s an attractive space-saving way to turn a nonfunctional item functional, don’t you think?

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Our little cacti were getting too much light in the bedroom, so I decided to relocate them to a new sideboard table home.  Paired with a couple other “homeless” items, including our wine bottle opener set and a collection of corks, these little cacti are perfect table top decor.

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I’m so happy to finally have some things in “their place.”  There is a part of me that insists on everything having a home, whether it be my laptop on my desk, keys in the basket, or shoes lined up in the closet.  Now these lost items have a home, too!

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For additional organizational inspiration, check out The Kissters‘ post on maximizing space in the bathroom and Redesigned by M‘s tips on making over a linen closet.  Next on my organizational to-do list is refinishing our dresser and organizing T’s home office work space.  Stay tuned!

Jackietara

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