Our new place has two bathrooms. Our guest bathroom came with an upgraded shower head, but for some reason the master bath came with a dingy one. It also barely reached the top of my head, which was a problem.
I picked up a shower head from Bed Bath & Beyond and planned on a quick 5 minute replacement. Easy, right? Wrong. I had so many issues… I tried until my hands were swollen and my wrench was worn, but the old one would not budge. Then I tried this beautiful tool…
For some reason, this worked effortlessly. I don’t know how a wrench failed to budge the thing and this unrelated tool had no problem. These are the crazy things you discover the more you attempt DIY…
I installed the new shower head and soaked myself a few times as I tried to figure out how to use tape around the bolts. Around the fifth try the new shower head worked perfectly.
So I solved the eyesore and the new installation gives us much more height. Success! By the way, the organizer I use is this one here by SimpleHuman. It never rusts and is completely adjustable!
I’ve haven’t been blogging as often as usual, and for that I apologize. We’re still settling in to our new place after the move. As you can imagine, this will warrant some new updates to the My Home section of the blog! However, it’s too embarrassing to display in its current state. I’m hoping I can have some progress shots soon enough.
Something I’ve been meaning to do since the move is organize my dresser drawers. They’re a mess!
Here are my essentials for drawer organization:
Sort: You don’t want to organize what you don’t want to keep. Weed through what you have and donate as much as possible. If it hasn’t been worn in 6 months and isn’t a fashion staple, it may be time to say goodbye.
Divide: I’ve been without these and it’s much harder to organize drawers without dividers. I’ve made my own from empty containers, but I find that they often shift when opening and closing doors. I think I may pick up some cheap IKEA dividers. If you’re looking to splurge, dividers in the same wood style as your dresser look amazing. See the photo above!
Decorate: We have junk on top of our dresser from unpacking, but I’d like to decorate the top with jewelry, perfumes, or even just a plant or two. Dresser drawer tops can easily become the focal point of a bedroom. But beware of clutter!
A blog post of my dresser transformation will be coming soon!
I prefer to shop in places where I can walk in the door and already know where everything is. Psychology 101: People like the familiar.
When I shop, I’m a girl on a mission. I’m not looking to spend extra change — I’m looking for a specific type of item, and I want to go home after I purchase it. You may have guessed correctly that I’m not much fun to go shopping with.
When I walk into Loft, Gap, Banana Republic, etc. I like that I know where to get what I want.The new arrivals are all in the front of the store. Jeans are in one section. Essential tops and tanks are in another. Clearance is at the back of the store, along with shoes.
So when I walked into Forever 21 last weekend hoping to get a basic t-shirt and new pants with whatever I had left on my Christmas gift card, I nearly had a heart attack. I easily get sensory overload. Walking into Forever 21 has gone from a teenage, “This is exciting, I don’t even know where to begin!” to an adult, “Holy crap, I need to get out of here.”
Long story short, I left with a basic gray t-shirt (which took me over an hour to find) and three other shirts. Now that my conscious/gift card is cleared, I think my Forever 21 days are coming to an end. The styles are becoming odd and ill fitting, and I can no longer empathize with the teenagers congratulating each other on a “good find.” I prefer not to dig through 50 different tops crammed onto a rack for a “good find.”
My point being that a shopping experience should not be like this because:
If you come for something specific, you usually leave with something you didn’t come for instead.
The prices are low, so you feel you can grab as many as you want and not feel the burn.
If it didn’t come out within the past month or so it’s on a rack and there are a limited number left, making you feel like you have to take anything good you find. After all, what are the chances it’ll still be there next weekend, or that you’ll even find it again?
It’s a type of marketing that tries to put your mind into shopaholic mode.
You’ll pull something off the rack and not be able to cram it back on. We’ve all been there. It’s ridiculous.
Quality of the clothes aren’t the best because everything is overproduced. My Forever 21 clothes last about 3 months.
A shopping experience should be easy, fun, and straightforward. It should not make you feel like you’re trying to find a needle in a haystack.
I’ll take my shopping simple, please.
What are your thoughts on Forever 21 and shopping layouts? Let’s Discuss!