This weekend, I am officially moving out of my apartment in DC. The lease is up, and while I wait to see what my next steps are, I’m looking forward to moving home and saving up a little bit of money! However I can’t help but feel that it’s one step forward, two steps back. I do know that being patient is key in a situation like this, and I have to make myself remember that I am only 23, there is no rush when it comes to getting where I want to be, and I have all of the time in the world.
That being said, I have a ton of moving to do, and that is going to be rough. My room at home is still cluttered with remnants of college, clothes that I’ll never wear again, and random things here and there that my parents chose to store there while I was away. It is going to take a major re-haul and a lot of donating to get the place back into shape. While I do have old furniture in my room still, I want to think about doing some fun DIY projects that will make my room look extra special. That will be a great way to start building on some furniture that can carry over to my own place. (Plus, it’s a lot of fun.)
TIPS FOR ORGANIZING
If you haven’t worn it in the past six months, you probably won’t wear it in the next six months.
I have infinite pieces that fit this bill – shoes that are half a size too small, dresses that are just too long for my petite frame, shirts that never quite fit right. I know it’s hard to get rid of something that you want so badly to fit, but you aren’t doing yourself any favors wearing things that aren’t right for your body. So donate those shoes you’ve never worn (or sell them on eBay!). Unless you’re willing to get it hemmed, get rid of the too-big dress! You can use the extra closet space for amazing new pieces.
Baskets and boxes are your friend.
I love storage. Whether it’s a shelf that lines your closet that is just perfect for storing shoe boxes, or a basket that perfectly fits under your nightstand to store towels and bed linens, they do a great job of hiding things that you don’t necessarily need to show off. I really want to revamp my closet and start storing all of my shoes in boxes. I think that would take me a long way in organization! Home Goods and Marshall’s are great for inexpensive storage, too.
Keeping your closet in order will help tremendously.
If you still have summer dresses hanging in the front of your closet, you’re causing yourself a ton of hassle every morning when you go to pick something out. I’ve found it’s essential to pack away all of my spring and summer clothes once the weather changes over because they honestly just get in the way! As sad as I am to say goodbye, I know I can pull them out next season. Keep your closet focused on the season, and hide everything else away into storage.
Hide your jewelry away.
I know, I sound like a rich housewife. But I spent years trying to hang my necklaces on a rack, leave them out on a shelf, display them on some jewelry tree – it’s frustrating and ends up looking messy. I highly suggest getting some jewelry trays and organizing your necklaces, bracelets, earrings, watches and everything else in these. They’re easy to stack, and they can easily fit in a top dresser drawer for easy access.
Stay tuned for my adventures in moving!