I mean, it cost me $8 to replace the pink crib sheets (that we bought during the 3 minutes we considered having the nursery be pink in 2010) with some plain white ones and now I'm wondering what I was waiting for. We aren't loaded, but $8? I think I could have sprung for that sooner than TWO YEARS AFTER PURCHASING THEM AND INSTANTLY REGRETTING THEM. Ahem.
Also, if you live in an apartment, I would highly highly recommend a platform bed because the space under ours is invaluable. Goodbye, baby items and Christmas decorations. It is so nice to not have to look at you until I need you (although it's a tad inconvenient to have to wait until Bart is around so that he can lift the mattress up and I can access them. Fortunately, I'm rarely in dire need of a Christmas ornament in the middle of a September afternoon).
My to-do list is still going strong, but here are three of my favorite little projects we've done in recent weeks.
We've had this piece of art from Korea up for the last two years and although I like it, I don't like it in my living room (someday, Bart can hang it in an office or something. . . it's not really my style).
I got a free canvas from a place that lets you print your photos on canvas, and I finally got around to ordering it now that we have these lovely family photos from Ralphie.
For a week after we hung it, both Bart and I couldn't stop commenting on how much color and vibrance it brought to our living room. The horses have been banished to the closet.
And then this. You guys. Who knew $19 of hardware and ten minutes of effort from Bart could make me this happy?
A new shelf, a little set of drawers for all my sewing/craft items, and voila! Nothing is stacked on top of other stuff, I can actually find my craft materials, the recycle bin isn't in the way of everything and our games are no longer locked in Ella's closet where, invariably, we only want them after she's in bed. I have, no kidding, made the last fifteen people who came over look in my laundry closet.
And, last, but certainly not least, FINALLY putting some shelves above our desk. Without the shelves, I felt like this corner looked so dead, not to mention that everything got piled on the desk and all desk related things were stored in various random parts of the house, instead of all together.
We put these up one night after Ella had gone to bed and Bart got up with her the next morning. He told me that as soon as she came out of her room, she stopped and said, "Wow!" Clearly, her life does not have enough excitement in it.
It just fills my heart with joy to be able to find paperclips when I need them and also for my beloved Sharpie collection to be right at hand.