Residing on a budget is never an easy task to accomplish. Especially if you’re an aspiring writer who was born with an unfortunate palate for luxury. However, during my insignificant time on this wondrous planet, I’ve come to develop an ongoing talent for frugality.
Residing on a budget is never an easy task to accomplish. Especially if you’re an aspiring writer who was born with an unfortunate palate for luxury. However, during my insignificant time on this wondrous planet, I’ve come to develop an ongoing talent for frugality. The timing couldn’t be more precise considering I’ve just moved into my first apartment, which happens to be a studio basement the size of a trivial walk-in closet. But when you’re in your twenties and your bank account is an absolute embarrassment, you aren’t left with a plethora of choices regarding your decision in residence.
It was either a studio apartment or sharing a house with three menopausal women. Having lived with my mother the majority of my life, I chose the former. Besides, I told myself there were worse scenarios than living in a constricted territory. Now all that was left to do was make the space my own without causing an eruption of debt. Luckily, with my impressive thrifting skills, this would be a task comprised of the upmost simplicity.
If you’re anything like me, and have spent most your savings on clothing, odds are your closet is overflowing with useless items, which you haven’t worn since high school. This wouldn’t be an issue if you were fortunate enough to possess a closet space reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw’s. But when your closet only holds four items (all of which include your winter coats), finding a home for your clothing can be challenging. Enter obliging clothing racks from IKEA. Not only do these racks provide immense storage for all my apparel, but they make my bedroom space look more presentable. I also like JÄLL organizers, which can be added onto the racks and offer a place for my jeans and sweaters. Rigga Clothing Rack $12 (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50231630/), JÄLL Organizers $2.99(http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40123457/)
When decorating a small space, organization should be the optimal word in your vocabulary. The moment you find a place for every item, the more orderly your home will look. Storage cubes from Target are an absolute godsend. Not only do they offer an appropriate place for pillows and blankets, but the bright colors are on point for spring and add a subtle amount of style to any space. I usually store them under my desk, but they’re so versatile that they can be used anywhere within your home. Coral Storage Cubes $9.99 (http://www.target.com/p/threshold-fabric-cube-storage-bin-patterned/-/A-17086491)
A Stylish Separation
If you reside in a studio or an efficiency, it can be confusing to differentiate your living room from your bedroom. That is why I favor room dividers. When I first moved into my small apartment, a room divider was among the first items I purchased. The turquoise divider from Wayfair is subtly stunning because it adds a stylish pop of color while offering an abundance of privacy to your bedroom area. If you’re not a fan of the color, do not fret. Wayfair also offers a basic grey version as well. Turquoise Window Pane Room Divider $99 (http://www.wayfair.com/Oriental-Furniture-70-x-42-Window-Pane-3-Panel-Room-Divider-WPSP-Grey-OFN6217.html)
Art never used to interest me. But since my move, art has become something of a necessity for me. I’ve come to realize that the more art I have strewn along my walls, the larger it appears to look. It seems downright contradictory, if you ask me. However, rather than dwell on the oddities of it, I indulge instead. I’m a huge fan of websites, including Etsy, which offer a selection of interesting pieces from unknown artists. I also love scouring flea markets in my area because I’ve discovered a ton of local artists. I tend to strive more towards abstract pieces, simply because they make the exposed brick in my apartment pop. Not to mention, the more artwork I have hanging on my walls, the more welcoming my home tends to feel.
In my opinion, the easiest way to spruce up a home is with throw pillows. Although you might not be able to alter the size of your space, you can liven it up with colorful throws. I usually like to change up my throw pillows every few months merely because I get bored rather quickly. When shopping for new pillows, search for prints which offer a variety of colors. Try not to get hung up on finding a matching pair. Just as long as the pillows remain within a similar color scheme, they don’t necessarily have to match. I love the floral medallion pillows from TJMaxx because they come in three different colors and offer a burst of color to your living space. Atira Designs Floral Pillow $19.99 (http://tjmaxx.tjx.com/store/jump/product/Made-In-India-20×20-Floral-Medallion-Pillow/1000108052?colorId=NS1191263&pos=1:1&Ntt=atira%20floral%20medallion%20pillow)
When it comes to decorating any space, you want to make sure you have fun. Oftentimes, redecorating your home can quickly turn into a pensive experience. But that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. You want to make sure your home is a mirror portrait of you. With that being said, I love adding pieces that are unexpected. Whether it’s a pair of rare bookends or an unusual picture frame, I love throwing in pieces that are fun and surprising. For instance, the other day, while at my local flea market, I found a miniature, multicolored wooden horse, which I completely fell in love with. Although it didn’t exactly go with the overall theme of my apartment, it somehow fit in perfectly with the decor. I’ve found numerous unique items at thrift stores and estate sales, which have become staple pieces in my decor. Start there, because you never know what treasures you might find. Artichoke Bookends $55.95 (https://www.jossandmain.com/AandB-Home-Group-Inc-Artichoke-Bookend-AV69740-WZA3429.html)
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