Hi hi hi hi HI!

Have you missed me? I’ve missed you all.

You probably already noticed, but I took a bit of a break from the interwebs over the last two weeks. (Except what I needed to do for work.) Instead, I really threw myself into organizing our apartment and updating a few decor things.

We decided last year that this would be our final year in our current place, meaning we’ll be ready to move come April. Before then, though, I wanted to get rid of as much as I could to make packing and moving less of a headache.

Meaning it was time to tackle the really messy areas of our apartment.

Here were my main goals:

1. Organize the linen closet.
2. Organize the file cabinet.
3. Rearrange the desk area.
4. Replace our (seriously beat UP) living room rug.
5. Sell and replace our green upholstered chair in the living room.
6. Organize the kitchen cabinets and pantry.
7. Rearrange our picture frames.
8. Organize under the bathroom sink.

I had also hoped to get some organizing done in the bedroom, but that’s a task for another day. It’s mostly Joey’s stuff that needs a more efficient storage system. (Sorry, babe. I promise, you’ll like it better when everything has a place!)

Here are a few before-and-afters…because who doesn’t love a makeover story?

Let’s start in the kitchen. Here is the pantry before:


And here is the pantry after:



I don’t know about you, but those sweetly labeled food containers just warm my heart.

Up next, the linen closet before:



And now the linen closet currently:

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Yup, more chalkboard label goodness.

Next up, I rearranged some furniture around our desk. Here’s what it looked like before:


And here’s what we’re looking at now:

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For the living room itself, here’s where we started:


And here’s the updated version:

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A little lighter, brighter, and a lot more colorful, non?

I also did organize the kitchen cabinets, under the bathroom sink, our file cabinet, and I even threw in the tupperware and baking sheet cabinets for kicks. (It was a very busy couple of weeks.) I’m still waiting for our new upholstered chair to arrive, but then I’ll be sure to post an update.

So there you have it! How did everyone else spend their break?


8 Responses to Coming to order

  • stacy says:

    Those “after” pics made me so happy!!! And dare I say…inspired?!?! I really love the filing cabinet as side table. I don’t know what it is about that, but I really love it!

  • You are clearly the queen of organization! Where did you get those containers for the flour, sugar, etc? And those precious chalkboard labels? And those latter shelves? UGH. You’re putting me in the mood to clean and organize and I’m still at my parent’s house for the holidays!

    xo Madie
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  • Rose says:

    I love all the little updates…my apartment is in sore need of some as well! I just moved to a bedroom twice as big as my old on in my apartment so I’m on a purging-and-organizing kick right now. Where did you get the food containers for the pantry??
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  • Ashli says:

    Thought you should know that I literally gasped and said “you go Justine” out loud while looking at your after pics (lol). I too love organizing and I looove those amazing chalkboard labels! Ricky has so much clutter around the apartment & freaks out if I touch his stuff. But I think if I took some time like you did and just knocked it out he’d get over it.

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