“Nesting:” It’s what’s goin’ on
You could call it “nesting,” cleaning, organizing, catching up on old projects… Whatever you call it, it’s a major part of how I’m spending my time these days. Here’s a little glimpse (really, this just scratches the surface) of what we’ve been up to:
Bins, Bins, Bins:
Plastic bins: you’ll find them in our bedroom, garage, closets, and even the kitchen. I’ve been organizing most of our things into plastic bins (some with even smaller plastic bins inside) for a few reasons:
- We live in a 1-bedroom apartment and are expecting a baby in 8-ish weeks (gotta maximize all the space we have!)
- I might kind of sort of be a little bit obsessive compulsive
- We’re eventually going to move, and all of the things in bins WON’T have to be put into boxes! Talk about awesome.
- Did I mention that I’m kind of obsessive compulsive?
- Organization is my BFF, especially when space is limited.
In addition to the massive bin organization, lots of projects are being completed too! Yes!
Here’s the transformation of a little bookshelf that we keep in our kitchen. It started off plain white with a few scuffs and stains here and there. Last year, I got part-way through a re-design with some pretty elaborate plans involving doors, chicken wire, etc. But, I never finished it…
A couple days ago, I majorly simplified the plans and finished the bookshelf in one afternoon. Success!
Vertical Bike Stand:
Tim’s been getting in on the re-organization action as well. He built this vertical bike stand to make more room in the garage. We simply pop our bikes up on their back wheel, walk them into the frame, then put the hook in place to hold the tire. Tim said that he would change/improve the design somewhat if he did it again, but right now I think it’s pretty awesome. With the bikes out of the way, I can actually access and use my elliptical machine. : )
One last project to show you for now: Making the bookshelf (that Tim literally built by hand…without power tools) less offensive to my eyes. : ) Tim and I prefer a somewhat neutral and unified look when it comes to the books in our bookshelf. But, most of our newer books are all different shapes, sizes, and (bright) colors.
Hello, cheap white magazine files from IKEA. I bought a couple packages of magazine files and spruced them up with acrylic craft paint and scrapbook paper. Now, all these little books are accessible without making our bookshelf look cluttered. Ahh, so clean.