Thursday, July 21, 2011

Calling all neat freaks! (or those aspiring to be)

So, this week I have been scouring the DC area for apartments.  After living in NYC for 3 years I figured every other city would seem inexpensive and abounding in square footage.  I was wrong.  The apartments in DC are less expensive, and slightly larger, but I guess I had my hopes up too high.  That's okay though, because a smaller space forces me to be more creative with how I store, organize, and edit my belongings.  If there's one thing I love - it's solving an organization/space issue beautifully, functionally, and inexpensively.

So the next month or so I might be throwing a lot of organization sales and ideas your way as I'm figuring our how to keep all my belongings in my new, down-sized apartment.

If you have any ideas let me know!  All these goodies are from the fab. sale site Beyond the Rack.  You have to be a member, but it's free and fast to sign up - just click here.

 canisters, $10.99
 I always use a folding dish rack like this, that way after I put away the dishes I can stow the rack under the sink and clear off counter space - important in small kitchens.  bamboo dish rack - $9.99

We eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies and hanging baskets will keep them from taking up valuable counter space. $5.99

Once I know our exact kitchen dimensions we'll definitely get a kitchen trolley.  They're cute and super useful. $59.99
I think city homes especially should be no-shoes indoors. One treads on pretty nasty stuff walking the city also keeps your floors cleaner. $17.99

In my opinion you can't have too many bins, baskets, and boxes.  $7.99

shoe tree $49.99

hamper $19.99

I've never seen one of these before. It's a boot storage shelf. Good idea if you have a lot of knee-high boots. $44.99

sweater shelf $9.99

metal cabinet shelves and racks - especially those that roll out - maximize your cabinet space. $21.99 - $74.99

If any of these call to the neat freak in you head over to the sale at Beyond the Rack.  Here's the free/fast sign up link.


nole said...

Check out Capitol Hill! The rents in NW are ridiculous, but you get a ton more space for your dollar in SE and even parts of NE. Eastern Market/Barracks Row, Lincoln Park/Hill East, H Street NE, and Potomac Ave are all awesome neighborhoods. We moved to Capitol Hill about a year and a half ago and we love it!

KJ said...

There is an Ikea just south of DC in southern VA- lots of goodies for organizing there.

I have gotten rid of most of my plastic and replaced it with pyrex containers- I can see what I have; it goes from 'fridge to freezer to microwave to oven.

Never buy wire baskets for the closet, they look great but they leave marks on your clothes. Cheap plastic laundry baskets work well.

Finally, one of my apartments had a 5 by 8 (the 8 may be an exaggeration) bathroom with no storage. I bought a fold up white bakers rack to hold towels, toilet paper, and other goodies. The bakers rack measures 11 inches deep by 11 inches wide. It worked well for that. Now it is in my tiny kitchen holding cook books. I have used it in other rooms for other purposes over the years. It was a good buy and a great choice.

Don't overlook Olde Town Alexandria- I found a cheap apartment there on a street almost overlooking the highway. Great space, great location for walking.

Kerry said...

I lived in Old Town many years ago and its a great option if you can't do DC. Its very walkable with plenty of public transportation. Good luck organizing and scaling back.

Conspicuous Style Design Blog said...
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Conspicuous Style Design Blog said...

I have to third the suggestion to look at Old Town...we lived there fr 8 years and miss it still. It's a wonderful place and I prefer it to DC!


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