Living in a rental home can be tricky. Purchasing decor items is not always the best idea, because in a few years, who knows what kind of space you'll have? In my case, I'm in my mid/late twenties, so I know that probably in the next handful of years I will be moving up into the world of home ownership. Nothing I do here is permanent or even long-term. I'm purely in the mid-term here, so I can't invest too much financially. In other words, I need to thrift furniture, reuse things I already have, sell stuff I don't use, and invest good money only in items I know will be of value years down the line.
Basically, this rental revival is gonna be on the cheap.
There are a few goals I have for my bedroom makeover. Here's what I'm looking to do:
- Organization for my daily jewelry, easily accessible and visible
- Incorporate more storage for bulkier clothes
- Give the dresser a facelift, or thrift a new one
- Move some items out of the room that do not get much usage (i.e. some of my books)
- Maybe some kind of crochet and yarn storage
- Spice up the curtains
- Create a headboard or headboard-esque focal point
- Do something about that stupid brown bedskirt (I hate bedskirts)
- Utilize some artwork I have sitting around
After writing down my goals, don't you agree it makes the most sense to start with moving out unnecessary items? Me too. So today I did a little rearranging. First, I moved the big grellow chair down to the basement. I'm planning a garage sale this summer so that is where he will probably end up. After I moved the chair, I transferred the majority of my books upstairs to a bigger bookshelf in the attic/studio space. For now they are just out of the way.
As you can see, it's hardly completed. I am not going to be keeping the yarn crate there, and I may even move the bookshelf out of the room altogether. The purpose of this was to clear out some stuff I know I don't want, in order to visualize more what I need.
The cool thing is, after getting rid of the chair, I had a better idea of what might be the best orientation for the furniture in my room. I'm starting to see that most of all, I need to limit the amount of large items in the room, and utilize more space vertically. Maybe some wall shelving units will be a good replacement for the standing bookshelf? That way, I can move Petunia's crate next to my bed, and there would be a whole empty wall on the opposite side of the room that could possibly hold a long dresser, rather than one that is a "chest of drawers" style. After visiting several thrift stores, I've noticed the longer dressers with mirrors are more attainable, and I've even seen a few I really liked. I just never thought they were an option because I didn't think I had enough room.
So I would consider this exercise in goal-writing a success. I did a little bit of organization, which makes me feel like the makeover is underway. Plus there is the added bonus of a freshly vacuumed carpet, because my mom taught me never to move furniture without vacuuming too. Thanks, Mom.