Originally Posted by p.s
Currently reading through Apt Therapy the second time; excellent IMO.
I also got the AT book on interiors designed, hardbound, with lots of luscious pics and ideas. M.G.'s own apt is featured (and also available to view on the AT website), and it is clearly not low budget.
I got the interiors book too (from the library) and have pretty much plowed through the whole thing (I skipped around a lot but think I covered all the spaces.) It was pretty interesting and I got some ideas. I got a lot of ideas of how I *don't* want my space, too! I realize that I'm glad that I live in a house and not a NY studio apartment!! (Although I have lived in my share of tiny apartments too.) Some of the places they featured are really quite cluttery with all kinds of collections and knick knacks and weird objects. Sometimes it works nicely but I often just shudder in horror at the thought of having to dust all that and/or look at it all day long! I also realize how much of a difference it makes in your design/decor decisons when you have small children. I get a little nervous when I see pics with breakables and things at low levels, but then I remember, oh yeah, they don't have a 2 year old, and they probably don't invite friends with 2 year olds over to their place!! I have candles, plants, and decorative objects too, but they are all up pretty high away from little hands!
On another note, are any of us still actually doing something?
I kind of got bogged down in week 2 with the kitchen deep clean, although I am doing other things also. Um, sorry, I have realized that I'm just not willing to go taking everything out of all my cupboards and cleaning the shelves etc. right now. Although I do that more than the average population, probably, anyway. I also started reading/listening to the audiobook of Peter Walsh's "It's all too much" and that has also been a bit helpful and inspiring.
We got a bunch of stuff done in other rooms, and are really tackling the overall issue of fixing things and maintaining things. We have a couple of rooms that need painting, but that will have to happen a bit more gradually and when we have some DD-free time. My DH is really working a lot on the yard, which is an ongoing maintenance issue, and I have cleaned and organized both our closets recently. (Side note: I guess one advantage of a tiny NY studio apartment is that you wouldn't have a front and back yard and a garage and basement that all needed maintenance and cleaning and attention.) Anyway, this week I took all of my Indian clothing that needed dry cleaning to the cleaners this week and got them back. I also tackled DH's closet after he mentioned that he didn't have any clean ironed shirts for work the next day. (He usually irons his own shirts but I was ironing something else so I asked him if he wanted me to iron anything for him since I was at it anyway.) I had started to iron one of his "clean" shirts and noticed that the collar was kind of dingy and put it back to rewash. This whole thing made me curious about what exactly is going on with his work wardrobe, so later in the week when he was at work I checked out his closet and things in there were in bad shape--wrinkly, falling off the hangers, crowded, etc. I realized that his shirts are just needing extra attention that they are not getting, so at the risk of feeling like a 50's housewife I just went through and took all his shirts out of the closet, organized things and vacuumed in there, spray n washed the collars, bought a small bottle of Tide (I usually use a more natural laundry detergent) and washed a bunch of them in small batches and started ironing. I basically got through about 1/3 to half of his closet, and am putting things back as they are getting actually ready to wear--so he doesn't have a closet full of shirts that are supposedly clean but are wrinkled and have sweat stains and ring around the collar. It's hilarious because I swear that until this year I could not iron to save my life--all my boyfriends before DH used to just shake their heads and sigh and iron my clothes for me when needed, because I was just so terrible at it. But I had gotten a Martha Stewart magazine last year that had all kinds of "how-tos" in it and there was one with step by step instructions on how to iron a button front shirt. I copied it and and hung it up right in front of me and ironed a bunch of shirts. This was a few months ago, and now it's like I'm freakin' June Cleaver!! I even bought (non-aerosol) spray starch and everything!
Today I'm going to do the basement--I got some plastic totes for the baby clothes that are ready to be organized, and I'm going to get that crap seriously taken care of today. It's been driving us both crazy and hanging over our heads. Wish me luck!!