Creating a Home on a Budget

Unpacking and trying to make a house a home can be tough… especially when downsizing. California rent is a real thing. However, we’ve been trying to make the most of it by getting creative with smaller spaces and looking for ways to save money, but still have a beautiful home! Here are some tips that we’ve been using:

  • Get rid of clutter. We’ve taken about 7-8 giant bags of stuff to Goodwill. I’ve always been a clinger- especially with clothes because you never know when that thick, ugly sweater will come back in style. But, what I do now is when I do a deep cleanse, I keep whatever I am going to get rid of in a plastic bag and then keep that “Goodwill Bag” for 1-2 months. Then if I discover I want something, I can go grab it. 9 times out of 10, I don’t miss anything in that bag. I go through it once more before giving it to Goodwill or letting my sister have dibs. It feels amazing to have a cleaner closet and to give good clothes/things away that someone else can appreciate.
  • Be smart about space. Right now, we don’t have a lot of closet space, much to my dismay. But, we do have a bigger laundry room than I’ve previously had. We just got a wire rack on Amazon for $50 that is now our storage and pantry. Apparently built-in pantries in California are not a thing? We’re planning to get a bookshelf for the living room. So we can make the most of our space and have more places to store things.
  • OfferUp. It’s a free app, like Craigslist, but easier to use IMO. Facebook Marketplace is another great resource. We found 4 barstools for our new place for a steal of a deal. Granted, we’ve had to work to get them clean because they were well-used, but I actually really love going on the app and checking out what people around me are selling!
  • Invest. It’s so easy when you’re first starting out to say, “Oh, we don’t need a kitchen table now.” Um… I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to invest in some items you need. That doesn’t mean you head over to West Elm and pick out your favorite piece. I mean, if you have that kind of money be my guest. My point is, it’s good to invest in a few things that you need. When I first moved to Dallas, I didn’t get a bed frame because I was trying to save money and “it wasn’t essential.” I slept on the floor for YEARS. I should have just gotten a cheap bed frame from Ikea or Craigslist. A friend just told me that her husband tried to save money by not getting a shower curtain. He took one shower and when he realized there was a small lake on the floor, he immediately went and bought one. HAHA. I just got an area rug (pictured in the photos) because we now have hardwoods instead of carpet. I am proud of myself because it’s not only cute, but now our couches won’t slide around when you sit down. 🙂
  • Personalize. You can still make a house your own on a budget. Yummy smelling candles make it feel cozy, dollar-section Target decorations for holidays make it festive, and photos of family make it warm.

There are a million ways to make a house a home on a budget, and this little list is just scraping the surface, but I hope it helps a few of you that are in the same boat as me! If you have any ways you’ve done this comment below!

Also, I love overall jumpers! Here are some similar ones to the one I have down below.

XO,

Alyse

Our First Apartment ?

We’ve been going a million miles an hour for the past month, and it’s been hard to catch our breath. I’m turning in our keys for our Dallas apartment today and instead of cleaning the walls like I should, I am finding myself laying on the floor feeling flooded with emotions. 

Everyone keeps asking me if I’m sad to leave Dallas. I am sad because of all the wonderful people I’ve met, but I’ve been too busy to feel any sadness yet. That is, until now. I am laying here in an empty apartment not wanting to leave all of a sudden. But it’s an apartment- not a living thing, so why am I all of a sudden feeling like this? 

I’ve lived four places in Dallas over the past 3.5+ years of living here, and I’ve never felt sad to move once- in some cases I’ve ran out the door never looking back. ? Actually, though. 

So I’m just over here trying to figure out my feelings about this & I think this is why- Three years ago this month I was invited to a dinner party at this very complex. I walked in not thinking much of it then, but I was about to meet my future husband for the first time. This is also the place where we started dating and had our real first kiss. We ended up moving to the same complex after we got married to start eternity together. As I look around the empty rooms, memories from each room seem to come to life. 

This spot will always hold a special place in our hearts. ? 

XOXO,

Alyse