It can be difficult to make the transition from living in a home with your family to living solo in your apartment. However, it is a phase that most everyone experiences at least once in their lives. While it is no doubt an exciting situation, it can also be intimidating. One way to combat this feeling is to make your apartment actually feel like a home. And, nothing says “welcome home” better than the following five must-haves.
As soon as you walk into your new apartment, it can be overwhelming to look at all the space that needs to be occupied. Because you are only renting the place for a set amount of time, it can be enticing to settle for plastic and extremely cheap furniture. While it is totally understandable if you do not want to spend an arm and a leg on furniture (it can get downright costly), real couches, beds, loungers, and dining tables can create a home sensation.
This one is a little trickier as you can’t simply create storage space out of thin air. Instead, this is something to contemplate before you decide which apartment complex you will be living at. Even for the people who consider themselves to be minimalists, having extra storage space can make an apartment feel more complex and spacious. As a result, storage totes and boxes can be moved out of the way (staring at them all the time can create negative vibes).
When you stop and think about all the little things that can enhance the feelings of home inside an apartment, it can blow your mind. One example of such is the addition of a specific scent. Something as simple as a familiar smell can really set the tone for a new apartment. But, you can also create new smells in your place. From wax warmers to candles to incense, there are several different options at your disposal. Experiment with different scents to find the one (or ones) that really stands out.
A typical home is going to be filled with supplies and accessories that will be utilized on a day-to-day basis. With this in mind, a goal for a new apartment is to stock up on these types of tools. This can include toiletries for the bathroom, cleaning supplies and dishes in the kitchen, and even blankets and pillows in the living room. Looking into the cupboards and seeing everyday supplies as opposed to seeing nothing but dust and space, once again, is going to help set the tone.
Out of all the recommendations on this list, perhaps none of them can be more impactful than décor. What is the first thing that someone is going to notice about a home or apartment when they walk in? Typically, what will catch a person’s eye first is the décor. This can be as simple as the color of the carpet to the decorations that are hanging from the wall. The style of the décor is entirely up to you and what you find appealing. Yes, you will be restricted in some capacity here- but get creative as you will no doubt be able to improve the aura of the environment with stylish décor.
Implementing these changes or additions to your apartment is all dependent on you. Money is always going to be a factor and not all of you will find it financially feasible to make these types of changes. No worries if that is the case, as there is an answer for everyone. Even the most simplistic alterations can make your apartment feel more like home.