As much as I love a major overhaul, in general, it’s not possible. (Thanks, budgets.)

Rather than mope at the fact that I’m not a millionaire (forever), I try to embrace the tweak. You may remember this was the basis of my Spring Simplification List.

Well, lucky for you (okay, mostly lucky for me), I’ve crossed a few more things off the list. Here’s the latest update (new crossed off things in purple):

BEDROOM
Move bed back
Hooks for hats and bags
Move trunk into bedroom
Hang curtains
Fix pictures over drawers

LIVING ROOM
New coffee table or TV dinner trays
Clean up corners
Map for over couch
Organize desk area
Create more organized entryway

CLOSETS
Straighten linen closet
Clean out front closet
Reorganize crawl space

KITCHEN
Get Norden IKEA table
Sell dinner table (added to Craigslist)
Clean out pantry

The new map over the couch is probably my favorite update.

living-room-map

It’s quite nice not staring at a blank, empty wall. Even Bogey likes it!

The especially obsessive readers will also notice that I added (and then promptly crossed off) a new item on the list: organizing the entryway. Now that we have the Boges and his various accoutrements, we needed a better way to store leashes, keys, wallets, etc. (Okay, so Bogey is only responsible for one of those things. STILL.) Our old front door rug also needed to be replaced because it would slide way too easily under a rambunctious pup, meaning I had to fix it about three times a day.

keys

keys-close

A new key hook, a bin for bulkier items, and a new front rug with a grippy bottom (for when games of fetch get out of hand) makes for a much more streamlined entryway.

I also finally added some more organization in the bedroom with a few hooks.

hats-hooks

By taking those things out of my wardrobe, I have more room inside for things that aren’t as pretty to display. (Looking at you, pile of jeans.)

As for the kitchen table, I haven’t sold it yet, but I added it to Craigslist, so hopefully soon.

The next things on the list I’m prioritizing are cleaning out the crawl space (so I can finally finish organizing the bedroom), updating the art above our dresser drawers, and an IKEA run to get the kitchen table replacement.

Right now, I’m on the hunt for something inexpensive to do above the drawers. I have three small frames, but I’m not sure if they stand alone very well. I kind of want to do some kind of horizontal poster or painting because I need another gallery wall like I need a hole in the head. So…stay tuned.

What home tweaks have y’all been making. And any tips for what to put above my dresser? Here’s what it looks like now for reference:

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Help me end the blank wall epidemic in my home for good.

7 Responses to Spring Simplification Update, 2

  • Cynthia Holt says:

    Jewelry boxes and hooks would look great on that wall. I will send pins your way!

    or

    black and white photos…ikea has great options.

    or

    a big blown up picture of bogie in black and white

  • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I would pay you what pittance I have to reorganize and decorate any space I ever have. I love your style so much, and I think sometimes people decorate and it looks totally un-useful. Like, yeah, it’s beautiful, but not something that can really be lived with. From your pictures, it always looks neat and organized, but in a -real- way, if that makes any sense?

    Anyway, I haven’t have coffee yet. I love your home and your style. You rock. Keep rocking. <3

    xo Madie
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    • Justine Lorelle says:

      Well, that is very kind of you to say :) Organized-but-still-real is pretty much what I strive for every day. Thanks for your comment!

  • Rebekah says:

    Another inexpensive idea for wall art is to get rectangular or square styrofoam (they come in all sizes) and to cover them with fun fabric that match your room colors. You can use a hot glue gun, then glue some sawtooth hangers on the back and hang them on the wall. They are light enough that you only need a simple nail or two to keep them up. If you look up “styrofoam wall art” you’ll see examples on pinterest!

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