Dear internets, Live Journal, Dream Journal and random people,
I need your help.
I suck at organizing. My idea of organizing is to scrub it clean then to find a kitchen or a cabinet I can shove it into out of sight and calling it good enough. This, obviously, with five birds, two cats and two disorganized geeks with a 1 bedroom apartment AND their computer desks in the living room--isn't exactly the best game plan.
And since we'll be looking to stay here for the next 2-4 years saving up for a house, the lack of room is starting to make my teeth twitchy.
When we moved in, we junked everything we could--old clothing, knick knacks, kitchen appliances, shoes, you name it--if it hadn't been used in the last year it went into a garbage bag or to goodwill.
So we basically have everything we can hold and don't want to chuck...but it always feels cluttered to me. I did some browsing on organizing and ideas for small spaces--but honestly a lot of it boils down to spending money to make, build, or buy something to put things in--and I wouldn't have a problem with that if some of these ideas weren't so ridiculously expensive. Seriously, I found my eyebrows climbing so high they spun around on the back of my head at some of these pre-made "organizer" ideas and products.
So I'm asking for your ideas and help, cost effective ideas and help. I can't tear things down, I can't replace the cabinetry (It's an apartment), I can't build on to anything already here--but surely there are tricks and tips to keeping the clutter organized. Different ways to hang the stuff on my wall, ways to arrange the furniture, hand-made DIY's to make the space seem....spacier and the small seem...bigger?
Have some low quality pics of my clutter and dirt:
What have you done to help your small spaces look bigger with moderate success?