Quick Fix: Reusable Bags

This post is part of my Quick Fix Friday Series. The Quick Fix Friday Series is comprised of cheap and simple tricks to make your life easier. I started this series because I often feel like I have no time to make a change in my apartment, and I wanted to remind myself that it’s true. I also have realized that while there is a plethora of information about quick fixes when you own a house, that isn’t necessarily true when you live in an apartment. Each of these tasks takes under five minutes.

You can read the other Quick Fix post here.

I talked a little bit in this post about how my reusable bags were taking up precious real estate in my coat closet:


See that glorious long shelf on the right? It’s the one covered in reusable bags that are lying on their side, taking up as much room as possible. When you live in an apartment, you pretty much have to use every single spot as carefully as possible. This shelf was not a good example of that.

Enter stage left, the White Knight of this story.


D got me this bakers rack for Christmas two years ago. I highly recommend it if you live in a place without a pantry. Or with. Whichever. It’s amazing. What added some amazingness to it is that the posts that hold the shelves in are not flush with the shelves on top. Meaning they are the perfect place for reusable bags!


Which meant that this whole open shelf now gets to have important things on it:


Dryer sheets – super important
D’s work files – super important
Pink bags – super important
Strange collection of lamps??? – super important

& that’s it! It’s amazing how much a little rearranging can do for a space!

What’s you favorite quick switch like this that you’ve done?

P.S. – My sister got me these reusable vegetable bags for Christmas this past year and holy smokes do I love them! I’ve been working hard at decreasing the amount of waste I produce and these totally help!A. Rose (1)

The Situation

There’s something very unsettling going on in my little apartment.

It looks something like this:


And this:



I’ve been on the hunt for a dresser that can double as a TV stand, but I can’t find anything that is 55″+ and low enough and not a billion dollars.

And then – oh, then – I was walking through everyone’s secret favorite place, Pier One, and I found this:


Isn’t she beautiful? Couldn’t she easily be shorter and wider, with bins that are the perfect size for DVD’s? Couldn’t she not cost over $300?

I think it’s all possible, if I make it myself.

So I’m going to!

I started a little plan up:

  1. Source bins / bin sizes
  2. Draw diagram
  3. Talk it out
  4. Adjust diagram
  5. Learn anything about building furniture
  6. Source wood on the cheap
  7. Build!

So, I’m on step one! I’ll keep you updated on what I learn – I’m going to guess this will not be just a weekend project for me.A. Rose (1)

Quick Fix for a Big Space

I talked a little bit in this post about my hopes and dreams and utter confusion around the current state of my family room:


From the Dining Nook

There are a lot of things happening in this picture that are pretty accurate to what’s always going on in here: bunny figurines, a cat, seven thousand patterns, and a distressing camo chair that D loves so I practice patience towards.

So what do you do when you have an ugly couch/chair combo, limited funds and don’t know what size space you’ll be moving to next?


I waited for Target to have a coupon, and I picked up a couch cover for under $60, which is way cheaper than buying a new couch, even on Craigslist.

It came in a box that didn’t seem like it should be able to fit an entire couch cover, which I will never be able to get back into that box ever again.


IMG_4130.jpgIt also came with a print out of written instructions and diagrams that showed me exactly how to put the couch cover on. Pretty easy-peasy. There’s a tag that tells you which part of the cover is which:


Just put the couch cover over the back of the couch:


Spend some time tucking things in the order they tell you to and voila! Brand new couch for much, much less:


Spend some time getting it situated, add some throw pillows, and you have a brand new family room!

The best part? It took me, by myself, 10 minutes to figure this out and do it. Now that  I have it figured out, I’m going to guess it will take 5 minutes. Which is awesome. I can wash it as often as I want, the fabric is amazingly comfortable and even though you can clearly tell there’s a couch cover on it, I don’t even care because it looks lightyears better than the other couch before.


One more little pinnable look:

QFF_ Couch Cover


So, a look at where we’re at since I made my prioritized list:

Finallyfoundmy newhome! (1)

I talked to my family about the coffee table and my mom ended up saying she wanted to do a project with it. Two down: 18 to go!

A. Rose (1)