Editor’s Note: This is a guest post.
The day has finally come: you are moving out of your family home or student share house and into your own place! While this is an exciting new chapter of your life, you may be stressing about just how much it’ll cost to furnish your first grown-up apartment, or what you even really need. An added complication is that first apartments tend to be small, forcing you to get clever with the space you have. We’ve got the tips you need to ensure your new home exudes independence, maturity, and youth!
Invest in Quality
Every uni student has slept on a mattress straight on the floor and been more than happy to accept questionable freebies like stained sofas and failing toasters. As you move into your mid-20s and beyond, however, you need to start thinking about your comfort and long-term wellbeing.
For this, we recommend investing in quality furniture pieces throughout the home, such as sturdy bed frames and stylish couches (perfect for having guests over!) One of the easiest and cheapest ways you can greatly improve your quality of life is by getting a comfortable mattress topper. The right mattress topper can make even the dreariest mattress feel like a dream to sleep on, which is exactly what you need to be able to function at your best.
Know What to Skimp On
Of course, furnishing your first apartment shouldn’t end up costing you an arm and a leg. Some furniture pieces that you can save money and space on include dining tables (go for a small round one rather than an extravagant one) as well as side tables and coffee tables, which you can DIY or even forego.
Become a Plant Parent
Nothing says “I’ve got it together” than being able to keep your plants alive. Of course, you should make this as easy as possible for yourself by opting for low maintenance plants like the mother-in-law’s tongue, English ivy or succulents. Healthy, thriving plants will add life and color to your home, while also creating an air of sophistication.
Kit Out Your Kitchen
Gone are the days of eating out of reused takeaway containers and drinking straight from the milk bottle! It’s time to have a fully stocked kitchen that you actually use. Some kitchen essentials include pots and pans, dishes and flatware (better yet if you can get a matching set!), drinking glasses, coffee mugs, knives and dish towels. This way, you can be hospitable if any surprise guests drop by, and maybe even feel encouraged to host a grown-up dinner party or two! However, don’t feel like you have to buy every cooking gadget on the planet if you’re just honestly not a big cook.
Have Refreshments on Hand
Similar to the point above, you first put-together apartment needs to be well-stocked with considered refreshments. A half-eaten packet of chips and a can of coke just won’t cut it anymore. Some essential refreshments to have include coffee, tea, a cold beverage, nice snacks like crackers or biscotti and a platter to service all of this on.
A Fully Stocked Bathroom
Now that you’ve got your own new apartment, you’re likely to want to have friends or dates over for the night. This means you have to make sure your bathroom is well-stocked, with enough soap, towels and spare toothbrushes to go around. The most important item you need to keep fully stocked is, of course, toilet paper! Keep spare toilet paper within easy reach to prevent any awkward moments with your house guests.
Soft and sophisticated fragrances in the form of candles and diffusers will make your home smell like a heavenly escape. Nothing says “adult” more than attention to detail, so this touch will go a long way to putting together your adult apartment.
Add Pops of Color
Even if you love all the colors of the rainbow, try being a little restrained with how you use color in your first adult apartment. Start with a neutral base, like lots of whites, wood, and metal, then add color in the form of throws, pillows, and artworks to make the space come to life.
Make the Most of Old Items
For decor, try to think of how to revamp the stuff you had before. Instead of a messy dorm room collage wall, try curating the same photos into a more tasteful gallery wall. Take your liquor off the kitchen counter and display it on a stylish bar cart instead.
Hania is a Melbourne-based writer who blogs at www.mydeal.com.au. You will most likely find her with her head in a book, or enjoying Melbourne’s foodie scene.