Sorry for the radio silence last weekend; the last few weeks of school are always hectic. But now I’m on Spring Break, so you can expect some awesome posts coming your way! (Psst… I’ll even be featuring my first guest post on L’amour chez nous… So exciting! If you’d like to share your home with my readers, feel free to email me.)
This week I’d like to share a few of the smaller updates I’ve been making around our home recently. Alone, they’re hardly “post-worthy” but sometimes (together) the little things make all the difference.
For now, I’ve edited our entry way.
Eventually, I’ll get to tackle that dresser (even the mirror with the light blue chevron isn’t working for me at the moment), but let’s forget about that glaring issue for a moment and focus in on those new little knobs on the closet doors, shall we?
Before, our closet looked like this.
Or even better, let’s take a look at it before I organized our closet…
These ones from Anthropologie were well worth it. From afar, they may not look all that different, but I get a little boost of happiness every time I pull one to open the closet.
Their vintage vibe works especially well in our home. The closets are far from perfect, but they work with the mismatched look of the doors, instead of against them.
Obviously, you can’t do a huge overhaul in a rented space. You need to work with what you have. Instead of fighting the ageing look of your rented apartment with only pristine accessories, try to embrace its charm with little vintage pieces.
Instead of looking out of place, it can help to make your choices look purposeful.
Next up, our closet needed a bit of tweaking. Everything was working very well… with the exception of our shoe rack.
Yes, it looks fine here, but, being a cheap, plastic Walmart purchase, it was extremely flimsy and very prone to breaking, leaving our shoes in a heap.
I was convinced I would need to buy one of these fabulous but expensive organizers from Ikea when Shaun came home one day with a FOUND, FOUR level, STURDY shoe rack.
Love at first sight.
Now all our shoes have plenty of storage space still tucked away in our closet. Tall shoe racks are worth their weight in gold!
My next apartment closet tweak was our jacket storage. As you can see, the majority of our jackets are hung up on hangers. Now this works very well for me, but Shaun tends to drop his on the ground or throw it over a chair.
I fought the urge to nag at him and instead asked why our system wasn’t working for him. He found using hangers cumbersome. Ah. All he needed was something simpler!
Hooks. Easy peasy!
We had a couple hanging off the inside of our bedroom door for towels, so I just swapped them to the other side. I hung a silver command hook on the inside of our entrance door for additional space.
It may not be quite as neat as inside the closet, but it certainly beats the floor! When creating organizing systems for you and your family, work with their habits, not against them.
Every page has gorgeous prints of something botanical: leaves, flowers, branches…
The space above our mail sorter needed a little something, and this was a perfect fit.
Have you been thinking of changing something in your home for a while? Sounding just a little too daunting while you’re sitting comfortably on your sofa?
Try something small!
I often think of big ticket items having the most impact, which is often true, but sometimes I just don’t have it in me to get on it (hence why our dresser still stands uncomfortably in its plain untreated wood…) Even making little changes in your home can make you feel so much happier.
Happy Sunday :)