It’s been awhile since I’ve had some time to sit down and blog – because moving pretty much takes over your life… even when you’re just going 6 blocks up the street.
Paul and I have said goodbye to The Pearl District, but we’re still in Northewest Portland and loving our new apartment after we realized how much we needed a door and some division of space.
NOT having a door didn’t seem like that big of a deal at first because we were poised to buy a condo in the Pearl District. Instead, we ended up buying this new construction beach house on the coast and turning it into this airbnb.
We’ve moved a lot in the past couple years and there are a few home essentials I can’t live without and that make your life a helluva a lot easier. It’s all about hacking JOY and if I can make the little things in life more simple – I’m all over it.
Here’s what we can’t live without in our new home:
Cute Laundry Hamper
We’ve had a sad little laundry hamper for awhile. If you’re staring at a boring piece of plastic or a worn-out basket – check out this one from etsy to add some easy style to your bathroom.
We put up a few shelves above our toilet to display some pretty things we have like bath salts, candles, a faux succulent plant and an art print. It just brightens up the space and gets things off the counter and out of the cupboards.
I bought two pretty glass holders to store Q-Tips and cotton pads from Target that sit on this shelf as well. World Market is where I got the shelves above and Urban Outfitters had a pretty good selection as well.
Valet Catch All
If you’re over looking for your keys every time you step out the door – order yourself a leather valet catch all. I got this one off Amazon and it has a cool Pendleton-style pattern on the inside. It’s just big enough to hold two pairs of keys and looks cute on my entryway table.
Hair Dryer Holder
We have limited bathroom cupboard space and my hair dryer takes up a lot of room. So I bought this cheap $8 over the door hair dryer ‘ring’ where you just stick your hair dryer in and it hangs on the door.
I love the space that it frees up and that it’s all tucked and tidied away.
Faux Succulents + Plants
Faux plants have come a long way baby. I bought a bunch for our airbnb because I wan’t sure who would be around to water actual plants. I bought a few for our apartment in Portland for dark places that don’t get a lot of light but could use a burst of green.
I’ve stuck one in the bathroom and in the bedroom as well and they look great. You can’t tell that they are faux as I have a few real plants and succulents around the house as well. If you travel a lot or have a space with limited light – faux is the way to go. I got mine off Amazon. You can also check in-store at Michael’s and HomeGoods – they have a decent selection.
Double Hang Closet Rod
Dealing with a TINY closet? I didn’t even think about expanding my space until a neighbour suggested I look into putting in a second rod. I found this easy to install double hang closet rod from The Container Store for $13! It’s made a HUGE difference.
I hang all of my out-of-season sweaters on the lower rod, while all my summer stuff sits up on the top rod.
Under The Bed Box
If your under the bed area is not stuffed with these already – I highly recommend these long under-the-bed boxes with wheels that I got from The Container Store as well. The wheels are so key because they make the whole thing slide out so easily.
I store extra linens, towels and all sorts of seasonal things in these boxes. A queen bed could probably fit about four of these underneath width-wise.
Simplehuman Over-The-Door Trash Can
Ok, so if you’ve lived in a couple small apartments, you’ll know it’s a pain to figure out where to put the trash can. If you’re not handy like me – this over-the-door trash can from simplehuman requires no drilling or tools.
I like that the garbage and smell is hidden under the sink where BINGO can’t tip it over and get at it. It’s also a deal at $30. The only drawback is that it’s kind of small so we have to empty it more often – which is probably a good thing.
So what are the random things you’ve found that make settling into a new home easier? Any small space essentials?