Writer and all-around-stylish-gal, Tiffany Romigh, gives a bit of advice for staying efficient & reinventing your space in the new year.
New Year, New You! That’s what every magazine, TV commercial and blog says this time of year, hoping to lure us into new clothes, new cars, new bodies. Urging us to let our “true selves” shine this 2011. And why not? There’s nothing wrong with a little much-needed reinvention every so often.
When you live in a tiny apartment, the way I did many, many times, you often dream of the day that you’ll have room for everything. And in the meantime, you learn how to make adjustments and make due with what you have. You tweak things until they work out – maybe not in a dreamy, I live in my perfect home way – but just fine.
Tiffany’s NYC pad
There was the apartment in New York City where my antique boat gauged my leg every time I passed by on the way to bed. The bungalow in Venice where my home office was outside on the patio. The bench that has served as a bookshelf in Venice, New York and now Austin. And so, with looking back planted firmly with my resolve to look forward, I started thinking about all of the ways that things can be changed. Reinvented. Reorganized. Used in new ways to make space.
The aggressively positioned antique boat
So, in the spirit of some new ways to make space and use of old things, like this old bowling bag that’s now a planter, I thought I would begin the year by illustrating some ways that I’ve been able to make some room in my apartments so that it may give you some ideas about your own.
1. Lots of items can become wonderful places to put plants (which are fantastic for your air quality!), like this vintage bowling bag.
Plant on the Run
2. Have fab magazines that you don’t want to throw out? Use them to disguise the ugly under-bed-ness in your room.
Not a stunning solution, but it does the trick!
3. Use the space under a bench to store your favorite books. It gets them out of the way, but they’re still accessible and brag-worthy when you need them to be.
Bench… Bookshelf… Desk?!
4. A drink cart is great kitchen storage for cookbooks and dishes that don’t fit elsewhere.
Stay organized to avoid chaos!
Wow. When you have a little breathing room, anything’s possible. Happy New Year.
POST BY TIFFANY ROMIGH