I'd like to say it's Sunday, but it is in fact Hump Day! A happy realization that we're already half way through the week, and a sad moment knowing that I missed my bedroom organization challenge by 3 days. Thanks to a 3-day long migraine that put me on my booty last week accompanied with a research essay paper, I unfortunately missed my deadline for my 4th space in 4 weeks. Booooo. I'm sorry, friends. Thanks for hanging in there with me and being patient.
I'll try to stop there and not go on and on about how this is picking at my soul and that we were SO CLOSE.... instead, let's just get right into it. I will say that this has been the most challenging transformation so far while trying to keep it on the frugal side. You remember what we were working with, right?! Here... let me remind you of my stuck-in-the-80's rental bedroom.
Bleh. Totally ugly, boring, and outdated. I mean, the wall AC... really?! And those shutters? Who thinks these kind of things are ever a good idea? I'd like to meet with them and have a little chat. And then there was the case of not being outdated, but a highly unorganized dresser and vanity area that looked like a bomb went off after setting everything on it during the move.
In the quick turn around of a week, I wasn't able to make all of the adjustments I would have liked (painting the dressers, adding new hardware, going all out on the décor with fresh flowers everywhere and fairy lighting strips... you get it). But, I can say that the changes that have been made so far have made me no less than THRILLED.
So much better, right?! I wish the lighting wasn't so horrid in the room... we will work on that.
I was able to hang these Rivta Ikea curtains from the ceiling and back them with the pretty white lace to add a little oomph to the boringness, as well as cover the hideous wall unit.
I sadly haven't had a bedframe for a year. Like, at all. So I purchased a beautiful white queen bed and had it shipped straight from the store. I topped it with the navy blue, white and grey comforter set I bought from Macy's last Spring around Memorial Day. I feel like such a big girl now!
I searched around the home for décor that I already had on hand to place on top of my Hemnes nightstands to add a little beauty. Trying to stay frugal can be quite the challenge when wanting to update your home... use what you have when you can! That's my motto.
Moving to the organizational aspect, I took a look at what was going on inside of my closet. Not too thrilling. But you remember the closet baskets I added labels to for the shelves?
Next in the big picture... that dresser! It was time to take it from drab...
The TV was moved onto the smaller dresser piece and centered under a teal painting I have had for years. I wish I could tell you where it came from originally, but it's been handed down through the siblings and family for years. I'm ecstatic to put it to use once more.
All of the junk was taken off and put into a new home. The lotions went into the hall closet in their neatly labels baskets. The acrylic makeup stand was moved on the tall dresser next to the Ikea planters I use for my lip products and makeup brushes. The space wouldn't be complete without a few family photos to go with it.
To add some prettiness next to the TV, I found a new home for my favorite owl piece and 2 of my favorite grab-and-browse books... Yes, Please!
Overall I am happy with the changes and updates all while trying not to empty the bank (we will be having a budgeting and savings post soon for anyone not currently prepping for their future). I do still find it difficult to make the updates and changes that I would like to make without doing anything permanent to the rental unit. But I am a happy little clam with the journey we've made so far!
Thank you to all of you that followed me on the four week challenge... how did you do? What was your biggest organizing challenge? And lastly.... are you still on track with those new years resolutions?! I fear many may have tapered off now that we've hit February. Keep up the good work, you pretty little organizers! I'm off to get started on my next essay.... joy.