Home Organization: Challenge Accepted

Hey everyone. Lisha here. This is a guest post from my new bloggie friend, Megan. She’s sharing some awesome DIY stuff about her life. Enjoy!

Greetings, readers of One House One Couple! My name is Megan and I have a little website called Rental Revival.

My blog is all about making your home feel more like you, one easy project at a time. All of my projects are rental friendly, budget friendly, and don’t require any DIY expertise. I’m a fan of the little tweaks that make a house or apartment feel like a home.

I don’t know about you, but I am horrible at organization. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to graduate to “domestic adulthood” by trying to keep a lot of my things in order. I plan on making a budget (eventually), phasing out my hand-me-downs, and I also really want to minimalize the amount of things I own. I do rent my house, and moving everything I have is pretty much the worst thing ever. I mean, I have a lot of stuff.

I’m not one of those Type-A people who get excited about the idea of neatly organizing things like home files and documents, so when I do have to accomplish goals like that, I try to make it as fun as I possibly can. Enter my Liquid Leaf Filing Cabinet project. I took an ugly and boring $5.99 thrifted filing cabinet, and pink-and-goldified it (I LOVE gold) so I could inspire myself to keep my files in order!

And guess what? It worked! Genius. Who knew a little color was all it would take?

The biggest project I’ve tackled to date was organizing my basement. When I moved in, I pretty much put anything “extra” that I don’t use every day in a big pile downstairs. And man… it grew. Quickly. Check out this before picture:

I call that the Pile of Doom. I posted about this oozing pile of junk before I actually sat down to clean it up, because I needed that accountability from my internet peers. Luckily, a few days later I had a day off and I spent it going through everything! Here’s what the basement looks like now:

Honestly, all it really took was some devoted time to realize that a lot of the stuff in the pile was actually just trash. I took a car full of cardboard and paper to the local elementary school’s recycling dumpster, and after that, organizing the pile seemed a lot more doable!

Next on my list is to go through some of my possessions and donate whatever I can. I’ve already sold a few pieces of furniture on Craigslist. Life feels a lot better when my environment is clean.

Have you recently attacked a Pile of Doom in your house? If not, you should! In the end, it feels great to have neatly stacked boxes. Here’s my question to you: Do you have an awesome way to keep your household budget? I could use some tips.

About the Author

Megan Poletti is the blogger behind Rental Revival, a DIY rental-friendly website full of ideas and crafts. When she’s not working as an audio engineer, she spends her time in Cleveland hanging out with her dog Petunia, podcasting about nerdy things, and building up her blogging empire. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest

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