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New Digs: Part 1

It took about a month, but Abby and I have finally settled into our new place. It’s about four blocks from my work, right on the edge of downtown Grand Rapids, and still within walking/biking distance of my favorite Eastown spots. 

There are a few projects we still want to do around the apartment, but last weekend I finally decided it was just time to take some photos. It was a lovely sunny day, I had just finished a cleaning marathon, and the lilac bush outside our house was blooming!

So in part one, I’ll show you around my bedroom.

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Items of note:

Bedspread: My mom just bought a new sewing machine and has been looking for projects. She made me this blanket from a floral sheet I bought on Etsy and a super-soft pink sheet from my sister-in-law.

White Shelves: A silhouette made of me when I was three years old, and freshly cut lilacs.

My new bike! I had a really old bike of my dad’s that was just too heavy to lug up and down the stairs. Found this little salmon-colored number on Craigslist. It’s called a Sundance Sparkler and was part of a promotion by Hi-C in the 80s.

Organizing cubes! I find it much easier to utilize all of my clothes when I can see them.

Floral box: A wooden box that belonged to my grandmother.

My budgeting jars: Managing my money is much easier for me when I have visuals. So I keep my cash in jars with a corresponding photo on each jar.

Sam Elliott: Do I really need to explain this? I don’t think so.

Floral bowl: Found this matchy-matchy metal bowl at an antique store a couple weeks ago. Now it holds my laundry quarters.

Part 2: Living Room

Part 3: Dining Room

Part 4: Kitchen

Part 5: Attic

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my house is so clean right now, you guys. You don’t even know.

this is my re-vamped bedroom. Items of interest:

LEFT:
-series of jars as my budgeting system. I’m a visual person, so there’s representative pictures on each jar.
-piggy bank for loose change.
-Nightcrawler action figure. Really pulls the room together I think.
-Note the visual organization of shoes/clothing/accessories. If things are in drawers, I forget about them.

CENTER:
-My newly inherited stereo system. (LP Player to be added in a few days.) Most of the time it’s really nice when one’s father is an audio engineer. I’d also like to note that I only had to call him twice while assembling it.
-A sweet, giant rug that belonged to my grandpa.

RIGHT:
-New sheets! I accidentally sliced a hole in my old ones last week. These are really super soft. (the pillowcases aren’t new. obvi.)

I went through a huge “extra stuff purge” last week. I went through my clothes, my closet, and tubs of childhood/school stuff I had recently retrieved from my parents. (They just moved to a smaller house and, understandably, don’t have room for any of our stuff anymore.)

I ended up with FIVE bags of donations, one GIANT bag of trash, and a big ol’ tub of recycling. I threw away most greeting cards, a lot of ex-boyfriend junk, and all that “perfect attendance” nonsense. I kept a few tokens, some projects and papers and letters and such. Greatly condensed, though. I do still have to go through my office/art supplies, but I’m going to leave that task for later.

But seriously, you should see my house. So clean.

It won’t last long.