A lot of students like yourself will be moving into a first apartment, either sharing with a friend or getting a little flat, apartment or part of a rental on your own. Just because it is not your property doesn’t mean that you can’t make it your home.
Here are a few suggestions from the folks at Rent.com as well as ideas from our local expert about how to put your stamp on the new place.
Convert your brand
You probably have dozens of t-shirts that either make a statement or advertise the past. Instead of buying expensive pillows, get a few pillow inserts and turn your t-shirts into huggable pillows.
If your photographs are stellar or if you have a collection of art prints, frame them. If they are worthy of wall space, putting them into frames and hanging them as portraits, art collections or even creating collage is smart. A collage is a backboard of some sort with a variety of pictures, photos or even 3-dimensional pieces such as ribbons, theater tickets or keys, (whatever you take a fancy too), and they are arranged in a fashionable manner and attached with glue. By virtue of setting them into a frame, shadowbox, (or utilize an inexpensive tray) makes it more personal and artsy.
Hit the Sales and Search Online
If your place didn’t come furnished, you can pick up additional pieces for a lot less money from big box retailers around major holiday sales. Stores tend to have incredible deals around Labor Day, so keep your eyes peeled. Online retailers like Amazon and Overstock.com are great places to comparison shop for the best prices. Craigslist is a great option for college budgets too, but be sure to confirm photos and product condition before you make any purchases. (Also: do not give out personal information. Open a little used email box for connections and never agree to meet anyone alone.)
Refurbish and Restore
Do you have a dresser that had the little mermaid on it? Still have a chair in high school colors? Don’t trash it but sand and paint it. Chalk paint is a great medium because it is thick, goes over almost anything, and isn’t hard to use or difficult to clean up. Try painting two layers in different colors and then sand the edges when dry so it looks weathered—a current design trend.
Keep Your Desk Clear
Small spaces feel even tinier when filled with clutter. Organize your drawers weekly and remove items that you don’t use every day. You’ll always be ready to study and won’t have to worry about digging through a pile of papers to find your class notes.
Products for Small Spaces
George Foreman 5-Minute Burger
If you have a tiny pass-through kitchen, the George Foreman 5-Minute Burger offers the power to prepare two servings of your favorite meat, fish and veggies in just five minutes—it also features a warming grill on top in order to toast buns while cooking. It’s the perfect grill for small spaces and small servings.
- 50% faster cooking
- Dishwasher-safe drip tray
- Exclusive fat-removing design knocks out up to 42% of the fat
A new stylish, limited-edition personal care collection of Method, inspired by the bold colors and patterns of preppy fashion, is now available at Target. The assortment includes gel hand wash, foaming hand wash, and body wash in three autumn fragrances: white cranberry, rice milk + mallow, and kelly moss. The non-toxic, naturally derived formulas are infused with aloe vera to leave skin clean and moisturized.
govino 16-oz. Go Anywhere Red Wine Glass: $14.95 for a set of four
We like the govino 16-oz. red wine glasses because it is the ideal way to enjoy wine wherever proper stemware isn’t available or in settings where breakable glass is an issue. Made from food-safe, BPA-free polymer, the glass is nice enough to reflect wine in the same way that crystal does. Reusable and recyclable, glasses feature govino’s patented thumb notch.
Drink responsibly and don’t drive buzzed.