Welcome to week 2, readers. If you’ve just joined, hello! Whether every square inch of your walls are covered in boy band posters or you walls are completely barren and white, you might be able to take something from the process I’ve been through in cleaning my room! I don’t have much on my walls, just two shelves and one cork board. I’m going to show you how I simplified them from the crazy mess they once were.
1.Clear the crap. If you’re like me and you don’t have an upkeep system with cleaning your room, naturally, things will begin to pile up. Sitting on just these two shelves, I have an enormous amount of junk- high school achievement awards, not one, but two piggy banks, gum wrappers, a box of Altoids (of which I hate), and oh, plenty and plenty of dust. My new moto is “Throw it out.” Haha, I’m serious though. I have too many emotional attachments to crap I don’t need.
2. Decide the purpose. Every shelf and cork board has a purpose, whether it be to store books and information or solely for aesthetic decor. And of course, I had no purpose for either one. They were just objects in my room that I never looked at that collected dust. I’m going to make mine a cross between the two by incorporating the pretty books I have due to my adore for visual and appeal as well as making the shelf a new home for my favorite books.
2. Find elements that represent you. Sometimes finding pieces that you adore (especially on a college budget) can be hard, so here are a few ideas based off of what I chose. A succulent, because everyone needs a plant to tend to and because I find them so serene- although I haven’t named mine yet, maybe you can help me with that. Also, I put up small vase with fake flowers that are actually from my sisters wedding. Not only is it dainty but it also takes me back to great memories.
- You don’t need to spend a lot! Try going to thrift stores or antique shops – they are always filled with hidden treasures
- Use things you already have. Look around your room to see if there is anything interesting that can be recycled as decor. For example, using an old glass bottle to hold flowers.
- Get crafty! DIY- Spray paint vases, repaint your furniture, frame pictures you took. Here’s a great website for bedroom DIY’s: http://www.trendhunter.com/slideshow/diy-bedroom-decor
- Encourage a starving artist. Either support friend or family members who are talented in painting and ask them to make something that goes with your room, or buy pieces from a local artist.
From left to right: blue piggy my sister painted at one of those ceramic painting shops, a hip box (that’s empty), a white vase (ikea) with flowers from my sisters wedding (3 years old), a Hurbert’s tea bottle with old dead flowers in it, random fake white flower I love, and finally this lovely friendship cork board my friend Hannah made for me.
From Left to right: a succulent, my favorite books, an array of separate picture frames I placed next to each other. And if you are interested in what pictures I posted – clockwise from the top left is: my sister and I at her wedding, my mom and her twin at her wedding, my grandpa standing under the Eiffel Tower, and my lovely mother dancing on her wedding night.
I bought these push pins for $1 at target. Having unified push pins can give the board a cleaner look.
I began taking my previous cut – favorite magazines cut outs and arranging them on the board.
I saved this Ladurée bag (like the hoarder I am), but I think it’s fitting because it’s a lovely bag from my favorite patisserie, and my lovely friend Celine brought me french macarons from her trip to visit family in Paris.
And voila! Here is my finished board, as well as my finished wall. I think it’s a lot more organized. Sure, it still has personal touches from my pictures, but it also serves as an inspiration board for my blogging with all the editorial photography posted.
If you haven’t read #simplify | week #1 click here.
Thank you so much for reading week two, I apologize for it being a day late. I was having some techincal difficulties, thank God they are fixed now. I’ll see you all very soon with another post!