In February 2013, we downsized to a 730 square foot apartment and have loved every single minute of it. Give yourself a tour. We’re always updating photos and adding to the to-do lists.
LIVING ROOM (80% complete)
These walls are where we spend most of our time together: playing board games, reading, discussing if The Hobbit needed to be broken into three movies, etc.
DIY some curtains Storage table or shelf for left of TV Mount TV to wall
- Reupholster armchair for left of window (progress here)
Cover thermostat Photo gallery above couch Cover/refurbish sports trash can Store/display books
- Mirror for behind future arm chair, left of window
Paint coffee table white Modge podge photograph coasters
- Pendent faux lighting from ceiling (maybe!)
A Persian-y 8×10 rug
- Rethink pillows & a throw for couch
Upholster desk chair New feet for couch & loveseat
MASTER BEDROOM (80% complete)
Our apartment’s master bedroom is also the only bedroom, and it has nice little perks we are thankful for: the pretty window’s view and the huge (to us) closet (yeah, our whole dresser fits in it).
Purge and organize closet Armchair & ottoman reading nook right of window
- (Build?) standing mirror
New nightstands for bed (with drawers)
Paint a wall Mirror for right side of bed Paint accent wall Art above bed Do something to make the bed more bearable
- Buy better bedding
Window treatment Replace gray pillow cases
KITCHEN & DINING ROOM (70% complete)
Lots of my time is spent here cooking and not doing dishes. My least fave thing about our apartment is there are no windows in the kitchen. Most of my decorating energy is spent trying to get over that.
Art for dining room Large storage jars for pantry Stool or bench for entryway Shoe basket Better napkin holder
- Everyday table centerpiece
Convert mirror into chalkboard Replace old chalkboard with cork board Paint! Pot rack Artwork in kitchen Do something to the fridge
- A rug runner for the kitchen
- Sink organization reform
- Replace dining room chairs
PANTRY/NURSERY (33% complete)
In the biggest swing of room functionality, we are converting our under-optimized pantry into a nursery for our sweet baby Schultz. The room is about 5’4″ x 5’2″ and off the dining room. The reason organizing seemingly unrelated spaces in other rooms is on this list is because we hope that with those spaces purged and optimized, the refugee items from the former pantry will effortlessly be absorbed into another storage area.
Organize & streamline hall closet Organize & streamline bedroom closet Organize & streamline bathroom storage Organize & streamline under bed Organize & streamline entry closet Organize & streamline kitchen cabinets Refurbish old crib and modify drop-side Remove door from pantry Empty pantry Paint nursery
- Sew crib skirt
Choose name (!)
- Create a baby book
Find a storage table
Make a baby mobile Find a rug
BATHROOM (75% complete)
Like our bedroom, our sole bathroom makes up for it’s solidarity in size. It’s pretty huge compared to our whole place’s square footage. The biggest challenge? Its unrelenting yellow-ness of light and everything in it.