Cozy but Functional Atheistic

If you’re anything like me, you want the best of both worlds. By this I mean that you want to be both cozy in your own personal space, but also you want to be able to do work and feel that you are able to focus and conduct business. Both of these elements are important to me, and I know I can’t be the only one. With all of this being said, it’s sometimes easier said than done. Wanting to be comfortable in a place that you spend an ample amount of time is a good idea. You want to be able to relax and have a place to retreat after a long day. But, seeing as often times, especially college kids, are confined to a small(er) amount of space, we have to make the space work for us in multiple ways. The space that most of us can most customize is our own rooms. It’s our own personal space that it not shared. There are certain items and pieces of furniture that I’ve found work best to balance the two atheistic. Functional: A desk- you need a place to do your homework or any kind of work. DO NOT do your homework or work in your bed. This will likely cause stress, and it makes it more likely you will dose off while trying to do the things you need to get done. A calendar- calendars are important to stay on schedule. Not knowing what day it is or how far away that one looming deadline is in reality isn’t really an option while being a student or...

Yard Sales

As I mentioned in my “Good Places to Shop” post earlier, yard sales can be your best friend. I feel pretty strongly about this, so I thought I should make an entire separate post about it. As college students, yard sales are everywhere, you just have to look! Maybe not formal yard sales, but college kids are always putting things curb side until the garbage collector comes. Take advantage of that! Sure, it’s not the most glamorous way to find decor for your space, but no one ever said it was always easy! Some people will also have actual yard sales, and make sure to hit those up, too. There are always great deals at yard sales, and usually, people will not sell their “gross” stuff because they don’t want anyone to think they’re gross, so it’s a win-win. If you find something that you don’t necessarily like at first, but have a good feeling about it, or can think of a place that it might go well in your space, buy it! You can always make it the way you want with some cleaning or some paint! It can be a fun DIY project that you do alone, or with roommates or...

Good Places to Shop

So as a college student, I know the struggles that we can face when trying to buy, well…anything. We’re all on tight budgets with those student loans looming over us in the future. But, it’s important to remember that you CAN have nice things to decorate your space without breaking the bank. You just have to know where to find the best deals! The top 5 stores that I chose to shop for accessories around my house are… 1. Hobby Lobby- They have GREAT small accessories, or even big paintings or wall decor for relatively cheap. They always have deals on various things within their store, especially the smaller items such as picture frames or things like cake plates (my personal favorites) 2. Goodwill- Goodwill is a great place to find cheap things that can really brighten up or solidify a room. You may have to pick through some things, but it’s always worth the visit! 3. Amazon- Amazon is a great and convenient place to find almost anything that you need! The prices are usually really good, and buy things used is always a way to try and find a cheaper price! 4. TJ Maxx- TJ Maxx is a place that most people think of when they want cheap fashion, and they aren’t wrong there, but sometimes people forget that they have great deals on decor as well! It’s easy to find great decor for less! 5. Yard Sales- Something that virtually never disappoints me are yard sales! “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” becomes more and more evident to me with every yard sale that I...

If Only I’d Known…

My Sophomore year here at college, I moved into my first apartment with my best friends. We were all so excited and very eager to decorate and figure everything out. We all had different things we wanted to bring to the table, and by table I mean our small 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment that somehow had to comfortably fit 5 girls. Thankfully for all of us, most of us 5 girls had the same decorating habits and tastes. BUT the one thing I firmly said could not enter our apartment was a tapestry. For anyone that doesn’t know what a tapestry is, it’s a big cloth that hangs from a wall that’s usually decorative and has different patterns and colors. I did not like that look at all at the time. For some reason I associated it with a lazily decorated space. I felt that it was an easy way out of taking the time to decide what looks best and what can be on the walls. My roommates kindly agreed that no tapestries would be hung in our common areas, and that was very nice of them, since looking back, I think we really missed out! It’s safe to say that my opinions on tapestries have changed… I now look at every tapestry I come across! We even have one in our living room in our house. I now think they’re a great addition to any room. they are a great way to add color, and fill that wall you don’t know what to do with! If you don’t have one (most college kids do) I would...

Roommates

If you’re like me, you love living with roommates. You’re never not around your friends and they know you well enough to know what you need to make sure you’re happy, and vice versa. That’s the beautiful thing about living with your friends! But, everyone has their own individual styles and decorating ideas. Everyone comes from different homes that were decorated and organized differently. This can mean that you don’t always see eye to eye in terms of how you should decorate, and holidays definitely can highlight any kind of different pages you might be on. Just try to remember that this is normal, and it is not a big deal. Remember to compromise, but get your point and wants across in a respectful manner. It is important to be heard but it is also very important to...