Five essentials for your first apartment
For many people, getting a college degree means moving into their first apartment or house. While you may have stayed in dorms your entire college experience or lived with roommates after your freshman year, the transition to your own apartment is a big deal, but one that should be celebrated! College life is tough and one of the main lessons it teaches you is how to get there on your own. While you may be done feeling homesick after your first two months at school, that doesn’t mean you don’t want your first place to be cozy and like home. Luckily, by adding the right essentials to your design, it’s easy to make your apartment feel like your sanctuary.
While we all understand the importance of living a “greener” lifestyle by making more sustainable choices, you should literally go green in your first apartment by decorating it with houseplants. Indoor plants are not only a natural touch of beauty in your home, but they also provide health benefits. Many species of plants are fantastic for purifying the air in your home. If you have curious pets that might get into your potted plants, be sure to decorate with houseplants that aren’t toxic to them.
Lighting is key
Depending on the nature of your dorm, you may have been the victim of intense overhead lighting. Even if you could avoid it in your college dorm or apartment, you certainly had to put up with it when learning in person in the classroom. You know how lighting can make or break a selfie, but it can also make or break your mood. Even if your apartment comes with ceilings, the lamps are where they are. Investing in some beautiful floor and table lamps will give your first apartment a mature feel, not to mention setting the tone for everything you do around the house. Dim lighting is perfect for a cozy night in, while brighter lighting is great for deep cleaning or hosting a dinner party. Take control of the atmosphere with lamps ranging from classic brass to more modern styles.
When you were still living at home, you probably got used to your mom or dad keeping your house clean, tidy, and organized. Well, you’re on your own and you want to prove to yourself that you can keep a clean and healthy home. Install organizational racks in places where it will benefit you. Keep your spices organized and easily accessible with a beautiful spice rack. Running out of storage space? Install shelves to keep your platform shoes and heels organized and in good condition. Most apartments have smaller bathrooms, so it is necessary to keep your towels and toiletries in order. Although the installation of these elements requires work beforehand, they make your life infinitely easier.
When we’re younger and not quite sure about our personal style, posters and prints are the most thoughtful and affordable solution. Now that you are home, you want it to reflect who you are and that you are maturing. Investing in original art is one of the best things you can do. Not only do most pieces of art offer a return on investment, but they also have a classic look that conveys the message you’re probably looking for. Budgets vary between individuals, but even for those on a budget, original works can be found at local cafes, farmers markets, or online. Once you find the style of art that resonates with you, start collecting.
Even if you’re young, you still can’t burn the candle at both ends. This may be the first time you have to wake up and go to the office every day. You want to make sure you’re investing in the highest quality mattresses and sheets you can afford for your new home. In addition to providing better aesthetics, beautiful sheets and bed frames promote your health on many levels, with improved mood and spinal alignment being the main ones.
Moving into your first place is exciting; you know you’ll make many memories in your first apartment, as well as trying your hand at decorating a space all your own. Knock things out of the park by adding the essentials mentioned above to your shopping list. Congratulations!