When it comes to settling into and decorating a temporary home, it can be difficult to make decisions about how much time, effort and money is placed into the process. Whether it’s at a dorm, first apartment, town home or even a first house, when the situation is temporary it’s best to know how to pick and choose what to invest in. It’s all about finding the balance between practicality and comfort, and it helps to get creative.
I recently moved off my college campus and into my very first apartment. Transitioning from a tiny dorm room into a much more spacious one-bedroom apartment was both exciting and intimidating. It made me realize how few necessities I actually owned. But because I know I will not be living in this apartment for longer than a year or two, and because I have a very tiny budget, I’ve had to slowly collect the most important things I need.
When it comes to the basics, I think of couches, lamps and kitchenware. While this may be different for everyone, investing in a practical couch is universal. I spent about a month hanging out on the floor of my apartment before I found a cute and affordable couch for myself. I ended up choosing a Cindy Crawford piece in a neutral gray color. While it’s basic in shape and length, the pattern stitch and buttons on the back piece provides a stylish flair.
Whether you have a small budget or a small amount of space to work with, it’s important to surround yourself with the things you love. Even if you choose only one or two items, ensure that they make you feel comfortable and truly at home. But it’s also important to not overcrowd a small space.
I’m a huge horror movie buff, and I have a large collection of horror movies housed at my parents’s house. Since I knew they wouldn’t all fit at my apartment, I left my VHS tapes and DVDs at home, and brought only my Blu-Rays. This way, I was able to keep some of my favorite scary movies on hand, and without overcrowding my bookshelf.
I’m the same way with books, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to bring them all. So I brought only my Fear Street collection by my favorite author R.L. Stine. It’s nice to have these books at my apartment because looking at them provides me feelings of comfort and nostalgia.
Interior Tip: Add a plant or two. They bring life to any apartment, they provide a fresh, natural scent and they can be used in various recipes.