Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

Project UnPack: Now This Is Living (Room)!

So far, we’ve done the bathroom, the kitchen, and the foyer. Don’t even ask about the bedrooms. I guess I’m saving those for last. Or avoiding them like the plague. Either way.

The husband and I had discussed going to The Container Store to get proper storage for all the stuff we need to keep in our living room space. Finally, we went in early May. Or maybe it was late April, I can’t remember. We walked into the store and every nesting urge I’ve ever had smiled inside me.

We found a very helpful salesman who I gave an elaborate backstory to in my head. I decided he was gay and living with his partner and that one weekend we’d run into them at brunch at one of my favorite spots in Chicago for brunch. Then we’d go antiquing. Then rock climbing. They also own a poodle and an iguana. But back to his helpfulness in real life.

He pointed us toward the right shelving for our needs and managed to keep us from spending too much over budget. We saved money by agreeing to put it together ourselves. And bonus! The shelving dissembles easily and takes up hardly no space, so it will be travelling with us to NYC. I may buy the connector set and make that a bookcase/TV stand so all we’ll need for our entire living room storage is 8-10 feet of open wall.

The husband and I never seem to gel on these projects where things have to be put together. Eventually we called it a night, and when he left for work in the morning, I got back to work. It’s really a two-person job, but I managed. I got so energized from seeing the shelves come together that I spread my efforts to the rest of the living room area. I was so excited for the husband to see it when he got home.

I’ll have to dig a “before” picture out from somewhere so you can see how far it’s come.

I had to take down the birthday banner to accommodate the shelving. It looks slightly cluttered, but it looked way worse on closer inspection. now everything has somewhere to go.

Now our entire common area is complete and it’s amazing. Well, the bookcases could be better, but I will fix that with another set of shelves. And then it will be perfect!

Our living room space looks so cozy now!

This is our shelving with space for all our instruments, Wii add-ons, and my beloved record player.

We have streamlined our TV stand and found room for extra Wii accessories on the wall.

Here’s a better view of the whole room. You can see we still have the orange banner up from my birthday last year. I love orange.

In case you’re wondering, we used the adjustable shelving by Elfa. They are amazing and indispensable if you’ve got a couple hundred dollars to spare. I can see my future with Elfa shelving in my closet, my pantry, my garage, my office, hell even my bathroom. Home ownership will reflect my love for Caboodles as a child.

How do you get your home organized and streamlined?

6 responses

  1. silverneurotic

    Looks great! Can I maybe borrow you for a weekend-I might need some organization help a my apartment!

    My only suggestion…perhaps some kind of color on the wall where the keyboard is…like a picture or something?

    Actually I’m just jealous because right now my bedroom looks like a tornado hit it as I’m in the process of packing. I actually hate being in here for anything more then sleeping.

    June 1, 2012 at 21:31

    • Lol! Can I mention that we’ve lived in this apartment for a year and are veeeeery slowly putting it together? If you want to wait 14 months, I’d be glad to help.

      June 2, 2012 at 17:55

  2. rachelcotterill

    Oh, this kind of thing is always so exciting! We had chance to completely reshape & redecorate our home last year… of course now we’ve filled it with clutter again!

    June 2, 2012 at 03:40

    • I hope that doesn’t happen with us. The shelving is particularly important for once we move to a tiny NYC apartment. After I get done organizing, my next step will be downsizing. Don’t want to end up on Hoarders!

      June 2, 2012 at 17:57

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