First Apartment Decor Checklist

Congratulations! You now have your own apartment! Now, you’re looking to decorate. That’s where we come in! Prepare to be informed about the perfect, small touches to bring together your beautiful first apartment. To make sure we cover everything that is essential, we are going to break it down by each room starting in the living room.

Living Room

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     First, the entryway that is part of the living room can be spiced up with a decorative mirror. It adds flare and gives the illusion of a larger room. Possibly under that mirror is a bar table. This can by extra storage for anything and can be decorated with your own personal style of décor. Trust us; the bar table will be your answer to extra kitchen storage. The last essential for the living room we envision is a plant. Any plant brings life and adds the comfortable feeling a relaxing home.

Bathroom

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     Small baskets and containers in your bathroom will save your clutter. We all do the same thing when cleaning our bathrooms. We put everything in cabinets closed away to not be visible, but when we go in our bathrooms later that night, everything comes back out onto the counter purely because it is more convenient. Solve all your convenience problems by placing all your counter clutter in stylized containers and jars on the counter. Think of it as condensed clutter at your convenience. The other necessity to add to your bubbly bathroom is fancy candles. Not only will they bring a pleasant aura, but they also look lovely placed anywhere.

Kitchen

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    Décor in the kitchen is very important, because the kitchen is a congregating room. Obviously, the living room is the most used with guests, but think about how much time we all spend in our kitchen. Decorating your kitchen will also make you want to show it off making it an even busier room. Three décor items that will make a tremendous difference are wall treatments, affordable art, and believe it or not…cookbooks! First, pick some different patterns on some beautiful fabrics. Wall treatments normally are the decorating items that are a bit pricier than others, but because you will be using less fabric, it isn’t such a strain on your pocket. Now, most people think of artwork being a large part of the living room or bedroom, but we believe artwork in the kitchen is a huge addition. You can play around with the colors you’re putting up, and you can find all these wonderful pieces at affordable prices depending on where your shop around. Etsy and IKEA are both great places we suggest for reasonable artwork. Last stop in the kitchen is the countertop décor. Let’s all be honest here about how many cookbooks we have stuffed into our cabinets. Clear it out by stacking a few in the corner of the countertop for a cute, home décor that makes you feel better, and this might just encourage you to open one up every once in while. 🙂

Bedroom

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     The last room we’re touching in the house is the bedroom. To light up the room, you want to start with a stylish table lamp on your nightstand or dresser that adds your own personal pizzazz to the room. We always think of lamps as being an important décor item that is necessary and incredibly useful while bringing a glow to the room. Décor pillows on the bed will make a plain bedspread go from boring to beautiful. Play with different patterns and contrasting colors. This makes for a busy room giving the illusion that there is more décor without breaking the bank. The last part of the bedroom that changes everything is the floor; add a rug!! Rugs aren’t too expensive, and they can pull an entire room together.

Decorating is a huge part of moving into your first new apartment. This is the chance to style everything in your own personal way that will help you feel accomplished and continually inspired.

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Creating Extra Space In Your Home

Don’t throw that away! What if you need it one day?! We all know that feeling when you’re forced to throw away something you’re really sentimental about due to lack of extra space in your house. So, during your spring cleaning this year, why not try switching out a few of these amazing furniture pieces to help you maximize your living space while also providing ample storage?! By using a few of our ideas, you won’t have to part ways with your treasury, and you’ll also be able to create more space for future belongings!

Under-The-Bed Storage

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If you’re like us, you have way too many clothes and not enough space to put them in. We all need to do some clearing out in our closets, but if you’re just not ready to let go of those 90s pumps, we have the perfect place for you to store them! This bed provides storage underneath it for all of those items that just won’t fit in your closet anymore. By just sliding out the drawers, it reveals hidden storage compartments that are perfect for all the clothes that you don’t wear very often, but want to keep! It also keeps dust out so that the clothes don’t get dirty. Now, you basically have a second secret dresser under your bed!

Bathroom Storage

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Who could forget about the bathroom?? This piece is the ultimate compact storage item for your small bathroom space! It takes up very little space while also being big enough to accommodate rolls of toilet paper, cosmetics, small linens, cleaning products and more. It’s the perfect way to eliminate clutter in your bathroom and free up some space under the counter for more beauty products! This piece takes up far less space than your regular sized cabinet and keeps everything organized so that you won’t have to shout for more toilet paper!

Extra Bedroom Storage

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If you know you’re pretty disorganized in your bedroom, we have a storage idea just for you! Building a platform bed with lots of cupboards and drawers underneath is perfect for concealing all the junk that you want to keep but don’t particularly want to see. With all of this storage space, you can just throw your books, notes, papers, files, and even clothes into all of your built-in drawers, and the best part is nobody would ever know! Keep your messiness a secret with these easy access cupboards and you’re bedroom will always look clean!

So that’s it! Here’s just a few of our ideas to include in your home, or maybe just dream about in hopes that someday they’ll magically appear in your house. We hope you take our ideas into consideration when cleaning out your spaces!

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