Singing the Storage Blues

I moved into my new apartment this past Saturday. Technically, my stuff moved in last Wednesday, but I didn’t start living here until Saturday. The first several days were full of that terrible thing…unpacking.

The biggest challenge was going from having

  • a walk-in closet in my bedroom
  • two hall linen closets
  • a storage closet on the patio
  • a huge pantry in the kitchen

to having…

  • a tiny closet in the bedroom
  • one closet in the living room
  • one hall closet
  • a…tiny space by the fridge that I think is maybe a broom closet? That’s about all that could possibly fit in there anyway
  • a sketchy storage “locker” in the basement that doesn’t close all the way and maybe has water damage

Before you all become convinced that my apartment is terrible, I should note that it has an AMAZING kitchen and there are several perks that made me choose it.

Here are the good things about the closets in the new place. The one in the living room is quite deep, which sort of makes up for the bedroom closet being so tiny. It is now housing all my coats, shoes, out of season clothes likes sweats, hoodies, and sweaters, and purses, as well as other miscellaneous stuff like my suitcase, air mattress, seasonal wreathes, spare comforter for guests, etc.

The hall closet is next to the bathroom, so it has become a linen closet for towels, my laundry supplies, miscellaneous bath and body stuff, as well as some other things that just need to be stored (cat carrier, cooler, KitchenAid mixer box).

I can’t really think of anything good to say about the bedroom closet…it’s there? Some of my clothes fit in it? My cat accidentally got trapped in it this morning. That wasn’t good at all.

There was an exciting moment yesterday when I managed to fit my vacuum in the broom closet by tilting the vacuum and angling it in. Stay tuned to see if I can ever get the vacuum back out! (I’m sure that comment will really drive readers to hit “Follow this blog” haha.)

The storage locker…well, I put a few non-essential, somewhat weatherproof things in there. My dad is convinced I’m going to hit up the hardware store and get some 2x4s to build a shelf to elevate things off the ground (see above note about water damage). This is probably not going to happen.

I’m definitely a pack-rat with a fondness with clothes and shoes (and apparently just stuff in general!), so it’s been tricky making everything fit. But, I also love organizing, so finding the best way to store and arrange everything has been a fun challenge for me. And now that I’ve gotten most everything put away, I can move on to the really fun stuff: hanging art and decorating!

This has been a terribly long and boring blog post, but I’m trying to get back into blogging by simply writing something every day, and this was all I could think to talk about. Closets. Dear God, I need a life.

 

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Painting Adventures

I’ve said before that I’m not much of an artist. But I enjoy artistic activities. So when my bestie planned a visit from Colorado, I suggested a painting activity. There are a few places in town here where you can go to a sort of guided painting session where everyone paints a specific picture inspired by a famous piece of art (Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Georgia O’ Keefe or something). The instructor gives you some tips on painting technique, you pick out your colors, and you get painting. To spice things up, adult beverages are available!

We went to “Mimosas and Monet.” The painting for that session was a Claude Monet inspired painting of irises.

It was really fun! The instructor talked a little bit about impressionism, gave us some tips, and then turned us loose. And, our first mimosas were free!

diy Monet irises

I’m definitely not going to be winning any awards for my painting (those do not look like irises!), but I’m really glad we went. It reminded me how much I enjoy painting and making art for my apartment. So now I’m scouring Pinterest for other diy art projects. My kitchen needs something.

 

Sunday Pinterest Inspiration 9/16

Another installment of things I’ve been loving on Pinterest for the past week…This week’s theme – Inspirational Quotes. Click on a photo for the original source.

Book a ticket and just leave

I love traveling, but I can always think of a million reasons to stop myself from going. (I have to work, I have no money, who will watch my cat, etc.) I think it’s important to see different places, meet different people, and have new experiences. Wish I could go more places… I did just book a MegaBus (it’s like taking a Greyhound – I’m so cheap ha) ticket to Chicago to see some friends!

Continuing with the travel theme…I know a few people I think this sign would be perfect for…

 

 

If I had any type of nautical theme going with my decor…this print would already be hanging on my wall:

work like a captain, play like a pirate

 

Lastly, if this poster design were available to buy as a print, it would definitely be on my wall. I love the quote, I love the design, I want it. Grrr.

Life is for deep kisses, strange adventures, midnight swims, and rambling conversations

Here’s to strange adventures!

 

Power Tools Are Not My Friend

Sometimes I feel bad for living up to the stereotypes of girls.

I do believe that there is no reason girls can’t do something boys can. I believe we are equals.

But…

I like pink. I like glitter. I like baking. I scream when I see spiders. I’m not good at math or science. Sometimes I act stupid around boys because I know my intelligence intimidates them, and underneath it all, I just want to be liked.

And as it turns out…power tools really aren’t my thing. And by power tools, I actually just mean, small drills.

I have been really wanting curtains in my living room for the past year that I’ve lived here. Things holding me back:

  1. Long curtains are expensive – and I need two  (it’s a large sliding glass door with custom blinds)..
  2. Curtain rods are expensive.
  3. I wasn’t sure how I would mount the curtain rod above the blinds (it’s an apartment, so the less holes in the wall the better).

Then I found this DIY curtain rod tutorial. It seemed so simple – and cheap. So I went to Lowe’s and bought all the supplies (it ended up costing me a bit more than the reference blog post, fyi, but still cheaper than curtains and a fancy rod. Also, Lowe’s doesn’t normally cut emt conduit to length for you, but if you bat your eyelashes and look helpless, they will. WIN). I bought single twin flat sheets at Walmart ($5 a piece) and am going to hem them to the exact length.

I borrowed a drill from my neighbor friend. And I was ready. I was super excited. I felt so empowered. I was going to hang this curtain rod all by myself and it was going to be awesome. I was going to be so badass.

FALSE.

I didn’t have the right kind of screws for the wall, I spent all night on the phone with my dad, the idea of drilling holes into the wall really freaks me out (once you start drilling, you’re stuck with it, you know?), and so on.

One and a half brackets attached to the wall later…

I’ve got the hang of the drilling thing. I’ll be making my third trip to the hardware store tomorrow to buy shorter screws and then hopefully everything will work out. And maybe in a couple days I’ll post pictures of my finished curtain rod and drapery!

I’m not trying to make some big sweeping feminist – or anti-feminist – statement here. I’ve never used a drill before and you have to keep in mind that I’m trying to figure this all out without someone here to show me what to do. So actually, I think I did pretty well! The thing I feel bad about in situations like this is that I know I’m playing into stereotypes and reinforcing them. And I want to be a better role model for younger girls. So they don’t have to be intimidated by things like power tools and math (I see numbers and my brain shuts off!).

Thoughts?

Reality Check 101

“Would you like anything? A glass of wine?”

That’s what my former history of journalism professor was asking me tonight, at her house. This was something I’d never imagined happening. But it’s true what everyone says – and I’ve said it plenty of times myself – the journalism department at Creighton is like a family.

I was recently invited to speak tonight at an informal gathering of journalism seniors. The theme was “Reality Check 101” and the focus was life after graduation – not so much the finding a job part, but the other things like managing your finances, your social life, and everything else you’re not prepared for.

At first, I didn’t want to go. I thought, “What advice could I possibly give them? I so DON’T have it together. I’m always stressed about my finances, I don’t want to tell them other than ‘bills suck!'” But my professor called me at my office (here’s some advice: don’t stay in the city you went to school in – they will always be able to find you!), and asked me to come. I couldn’t say no.

Turns out, I’m glad I went.

It was wonderful to see other people from my graduating class and realize they’re experiencing exactly what I’m experiencing. And I actually did have a few pieces of advice to give! For instance, when you settle down in a new city, find a regular doctor and establish a relationship with them…BEFORE you think you’ll need it. When my car was rear-ended and I needed to see a doctor to have a record of my whiplash injuries for the insurance company, I had no idea where to go. It would have been so much easier if I’d already found a doctor in Omaha that I liked and trusted.

And, I think I actually inspired a girl from my graduating class when I talked about my zumba and ballet classes. She said she’d been looking for a place to take classes, so I gave her the name of my studio. It was cool to be able to share stuff like that.