2 years, 4 different countries, 4 different houses, 4 different rooms.
(Wondering why? Click here 🙂 )
Despite the fact that in 2 cases I had no idea how the room would have looked like, luckily, the places were always quite nice, pretty spacious and comfortable.
But, trust me, in 2 cases especially, my first impression when entering the room wasn’t good at all. BUT, maybe cause I got kinda trained to it or maybe because my friends know how to cheer me up and give me new positive energy, I developed few ways to personalise and make the new place feel home.
Hear are my tips:
1 | CLEAR THE OLD OFF
The two not enjoyable experience I had were mainly due to the fact that the rooms were not clean and had old stuff around. So, yes I now it’s not nice at all to clean someone else dust but well..you have to do it! Arm yourself with cleaning gloves, detergents, rubbish bags and make the room fresh and liveable. Hard job but it’ll be definitely worth it!
2 | PLAY TETRIS WITH FURNITURE
Might be weird but sometimes just moving the desk or turning the direction could help to not only feel it more yours but you could also obtain more space! Simple, right? Just try and re-try till you the combination which fits you better.
3 | DECORATE
Well I could be writing words and words related to house decorations (if you want to know why click here 🙂 ) but unfortunately as a student, I do not have budget for this. Plus, due to the fact that my maximum stay in a place is 1 year, it’s not that advantageous to invest on that. Because of this, I had to elaborate a
way which was cheap + easy to arrange + nice looking :
Pictures are the best! They are both a memory and a decoration, you can print them in different sizes, different colours, eventually different papers. To my picture collection, which is now really ample cause I keep updating them, I also insert somo nice quote picures (of course 🙂 )!
I got this idea from a cloth store in Italy in which customers could write a message on a little piece of paper and post it on the wall. I reproduced the concept in my little apartment in Denmark and it has been really nice to have all the post-it of my guests at the end of the year! But of course you could do it yourself maybe by writing quotes from books you read that you’ve like or song lyrics….whatever pops into your mind!
Yes they do still exist! I know many of you will probably just use the phone but personally I also need a paper one + it can perfectly work also as wall decoration 🙂 You can buy one or….print one! I love the monthly ones where I have an A4 paper for each month with simple patterns. You can find plenty of them on Pinterest !
4 | LIGHT IT UP
I discovered the candle-power thanks to a friend and I’m very grateful.
Not only they make your place feel more cozy but also, if you buy the falvoury ones, they could fill up your room with a fragrant smell. If you don’t want to use those, or can’t, little electric lights(yeah like the christmas tree ones) are also really nice. You could r
oll them around your headboard for example
What about you? Do you have any trick you use to make a new place feel like home? Share your suggestions in the comments I’d be happy to read them!