When you first move into a new place, there is always a period of adjustment. New apartments, especially unfurnished apartments, can often feel stark and cold until you have the opportunity to settle in and make it your own. Your space should be a place where you feel comfortable, safe, and like it represents your personality. This can help you feel more at peace in your home, helping you to wake up ready and energized to tackle what your day has in store. Here are some ways to begin the “nesting” process, to make your apartment feel more like a home.
Make it livable ASAP
One of the traps that new renters often fall into is the desire to focus on the details over the basics. This can lead you to have an apartment full of things without any place to put them and nowhere to complete your most essential tasks: sleeping and eating. To avoid this headache, prioritize setting up your bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen as soon after move-in as possible (ideally within the first week). Once these three spaces are finished, you can actually live in your new space, making it easier to be intentional about decorating the rest of the apartment.
Prioritize comfort in your bedroom
The benefits of a great night’s sleep simply cannot be overstated. When you’re well rested, you can better handle life’s frustrations and tackle the challenges of your day more easily. For these reasons, setting up a comfortable bedroom is key to making your apartment feel like home. Even if it costs a little more, we recommend investing in a supportive, comfortable mattress early on to give yourself the foundation you need for a good sleep. Once the bed is squared away, consider what else you need to be comfortable. Is the climate humid or dry? Warm or cold? Buying items like humidifiers, fans, and heaters can help you sleep better in your own space, making it feel that much more like home.
Add lots of personal touches
It’s finally time to use all those little sentimental trinkets and souvenirs that you’ve gathered throughout the years. These items often make perfect little accents for shelves and end tables, adding bits and pieces of your life to every room of your apartment. Another easy way to do this is to use pictures of loved ones as decor. Create a picture wall with a custom canvas collage, or go a more eclectic route with mix and match frames from the thrift store, whatever fits your personal style! However you do it, displaying these pictures will add to the warm and intimate vibe of your home. There’s a reason that they call it personal space!
Plants are the best roommates
If you want to add some life and character into your home, there’s no better, budget-friendly option than buying a few houseplants. Beautiful plants can energize a space that feels flat (they are, after all, alive), but they can also add a stylish and calming tone depending on the surrounding decor. This makes them a great, flexible option for all the spaces in your home. Just be sure to do some research, so that you can buy the plants that will thrive best with the light in your apartment. You also want to make sure they’re safe for any pets or little ones you might have. Once you find the plants that are right for you,we promise that buying new plants will quickly become your new favorite form of self care.
While moving into a new apartment can feel stressful, it doesn’t have to be. With these 4 tips, your new space will feel like your happy place in no time.