Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring Cure

when we moved into this apartment i knew it had loads of potential. it has big windows, LOTS of closets, enough cupboard space, and enough room for all our furniture and then some. all of the appliances are new and i have a hunch we are the first people to live with the new tile in the kitchen, hallway and bathroom. there is a balcony with morning sun and other perks like underground parking.


we haven't done anything with the place yet. it looks almost the same as it did when we moved in (okay only two and a half months ago, but still). only because i know it has so much potential that it kills me to have it look so blah.

so i've decided to change this. i'm participating in the apartment therapy 2010 spring cure. and its going to be the inspiration and guidance i need to kick this place into shape.

there have been a couple things stopping me from really making this space great. Argument 1: given our past nomadic lifestyles we rarely stay in any apartment longer then 8 months, so investing in a place just isn't worth it. Solution: paint only when necessary and invest in items that we can take with us, for example drapes, artwork and furniture. Argument 2: $$$ Solution: we have finished saving for the car!

i know the place as it is doesn't bother J in the least, but im so visual and so influenced by my surroundings that this really gets to me. because of this i will take full responsibility for the cure and all the work it will entail. i want the change and i am prepared to do the work.

so this weeks homework:

Make a complete list of repairs and solutions.
*screw down metal floor thing in front hall
*clean windows front and back (involves taking them out and cleaning in between the glass)
*fix my dresser drawer so it doesn't fall out, or invest in a new one
Vacuum and mop the floors.
Remove one item from your apartment and put it outside.
*listing four items in ebay this afternoon
*putting our old textbooks on amazon
*listing the desk on craigslist
*i also want to remove all the cardboard boxes from the front closet (we use them to ship things for ebay, but the collection has taken over the closet) break them down and condense them.
Buy fresh flowers.
*i received two new plants last weekend for my birthday so i'm happy to enjoy these two.
Sit for ten minutes in a part of your home that you never sit in.

*i pretty much use even inch of the apartment already but i'm going to sit in the kitchen because i never just relax in there.
Look into earth-friendly cleaning products.
*i've been using vinegar and baking soda to soak certain dishes and tupperware that gets stained.

sorry if these pictures are a little off, my camera was on a weird setting and it was night time and i hate using the flash. regardless, you get the idea, the place is sparse.


Anonymous said...

Your apartment is just needs some high voltage shots of colour here and there and lots of art work. Think throw pillows, colorful curtains, towels, bedding etc. A trip to Ikea may be a great place to start. xx

carly. said...

it looks great!! definitely has a ton of potential, it looks really big too!! is there a balcony?? i need to come visit!!! we could go apartment shopping together

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