Next week I will be moving into a lovely, little flat in a lovely neighborhood that stole my heart years ago. This little neighborhood is filled with beautiful homes, beautiful neighbors, beautiful trees, beautiful schools, but a not so beautiful cost of living. I lived here while I was married and myself and my kids love The LGP (La Grange Park, Illinois) more than anywhere on this planet. It is our home. I had the choice to move anywhere, I guess, but it was never an option. I could have moved somewhere and gotten a lot more bang for my buck but that isn’t my priority. My priority is being where my kids and I are surrounded with love and laughs, not things. So, I guess that means the three of us are going to stuff ourselves, our two boxers, George Micheal and Charlie, our furniture and things into our charming, beautiful, little two bedroom flat with barely enough closet space for my coats, let alone three wardrobes! I have decided, with a little nudge from a friend, to let go of some things. He became all philosophical and shit. Told me I wouldn’t be able to let in the new if I kept hanging onto the old. This enlightened me. It is not only true regarding material possessions, but all things really. Sigh. I have already filled half a dozen bags with clothes and accessories of mine and I am only half way through my purge. Some hobo is going to be hot to trot sporting my crocodile and lime green satin Prada pumps and Hudson jeans. I am going into this move with a new mindset. It is a new life and a new beginning for me. I can’t really have any other mindset if I desire a life of happiness and contentment. So with that, less is more. I know I say this all of the time when it comes to beauty and fashion, but never did I think I would say it about my home and my wardrobe! I am choosing quality over quantity and will be ridding my life of all the things I do not use. I think I have gone mad. S.O.S.! Red Alert! Halp! Even though I will be getting rid of a ton of stuff, the new place doesn’t necessarily have the space we need to accommodate the things we will be bringing. I have been on the hunt and I have spent many nights perusing the internet for ideas, hacks, decorating ideas, and advice on how to decorate and organize small spaces. I have come across so many ingenious, innovative, and creative ideas and ways to optimize and create more space. People are frigging brilliant, man! Thank God, because if it weren’t for their ideas I would be on the next episode of Hoarders. You have got to see some of this shit because I am sure many of you are in the same predicament I am in, and if not? Who doesn’t like to know about a new way to store your saran wrap?!
Cool Ass Organizing Ideas and Space Savers
The hanging Shower Organizer. Perfect for the bath with no space.
The bath tub ledge. For the sophisicated bather with no soap holder on the wall and no room around the tub for the essentials, like a glass of wine and candle. I may need to have a sexy carpenter whittle this up for me.
Over the door storage for tiny bathrooms. To me, this is ingenious. I don’t necessarily think it is the most convenient storage but hey, I don’t mind grabbing the step stool every now and then to grab things I only need once in a while.
The Raskog Utility Cart from Ikea. This thing is 30 smackers and has endless potential. Check out a few other ideas for this bad boy.
I will def be arting and crafting up in here. Spraying painting one. I am thinking black, gold, or white. Hell! Maybe I will jazz up three of them!
No wall space, no problem! Hang bath and guest towels on the back of the door. Duh!
I like shoes, and this new place? No place for my sweet, little foot candy. Ikea does it again! The Hemnes Shoe Cabinet may find its way into my house. And look. There is also a little drawer for your hose! The top of the cabinet can also be utilized to hold your jewelry tree.
Here is another good idea. Hang your heels on the wall.
I am definitely going to have to invest in at least one of these clothing racks, also. Maybe even two. Ikea has this one for 10 dolla and I will be spray painting them white like the picture shown above.
I am going to have to create a “no entry way” entry way. How cute is this? A hanging shelf, a mirror, a basket, and an umbrella holder. I think I may also need to hang a couple of hooks for our daily coats, too.
I think this is brilliant for my back door. Hanging shelves may be everywhere in my house. I may even do something like this in the kitchen.
Who needs an island or room for a breakfast table? Not me because I don’t have room for that shit, but I do have room for the hanging breakfast/work station. Shwing!
Yep. I want/need this.
I have big, beautiful nightstands that don’t stand a chance making it into my new house. I need to get creative. Maybe I will hang another shelf next to my bed or use a desk as a nightstand, too.
The ladder. This thing can be used for blankets, jeans, towels in the bathroom, escaping… you name it. I need one. Talk about space saving. I typically put all of my throws in big ass baskets on the floor but since I no longer have floors to spare, the ladder saves my day.
I need me a book nook. What a great way to use corner wall space. The kids and I will have a lovely little home for our books and you bet your ass I will be putting a couple poofs for my kids under there.
Having little or no counter/cabinet space isn’t going to ruin this broads day. No way, no how. I am going to do what we small house living people do! I am going to hang shit!
I am going to create storage and counter space, too. Boooya!
Here is a creative and useful way to store cook books. I tend to forget about mine when they are stored somewhere I can’t see them AND this is a cute way to decorate a wall! Ikea strikes again.
The same shelf could be used in your bathroom if you have a pedestal sink with no where to put things. I have this problem in my new bathroom. I mean, I used to have this problem.
The hanging shoe organizer is a Jack of all trades! Lookie here at it being used to store and organize household supplies. I may do this in my kids room with all of their art supplies, among other things.
As you can see, I need to utilize every square inch of potential space in my new home. These ideas will definitely help me in my quest to live a simpler, more organized, “less is more” lifestyle.
I am going to do my best to make sure this house the best house the kids and I have lived in yet. It will be filled with Ikea hacks, cool ass storage, and love.
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