6 Money Saving Hacks for Your New Apartment
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You’ve done it. You’ve finally moved out of mom and dad’s house, and you have your very own apartment. But now you have all responsibility to not only manage your new house but also manage your expenses. Here are 6 Money saving hacks for your new apartment.
- Be patient.
No one has a perfect home two weeks after moving in. (Ok, some people do, but these people are super humans, freaks of nature.) Don’t feel like you have to have absolutely everything in place right away. It’s better to take the time to find the perfect end table, or lamp, or rug, rather than spending money on something you don’t really love and won’t be satisfied with.
- Start with the basics.
Of course, there are some things you need right away, like a mattress (although maybe not a headboard) and a couch. But other things, like end tables and maybe even a dresser, can wait until the right piece comes along.
- When it comes to sourcing furniture, get creative.
You don’t have to buy everything new. When it comes to sourcing quality pieces on a budget. There are online as well as offline stores at your service always. Sofa’s in particular (and upholstered furniture in general) can be prohibitively expensive when purchased new, but there’s a lot of used (or antique, that sounds nicer) options out there with great shapes. If the color or pattern of a particular sofa isn’t to your liking, you can always buy a piece you love now and recover it later when the budget permits.
- Add a few pieces of DIY art with a big impact.
One mistake I see first-time decorators make is hanging art that’s way too small, which can make space feel messy and cluttered. If you’re lucky enough to find a big piece of art that suits your budget, definitely snap it up!
- Remember that less is more.
You may be tempted to fill up your apartment with little tchotchkes to give it that ‘decorated’ feel and make up for the fact that the rest of the furniture is a little lacking, but keep in mind that an uncluttered, minimal space can actually be very soothing. Sometimes less is more — and buying less little things means you can save more money for the big pieces you really want.
- Add plants.
There’s a reason stylists always take flowers with them when they do interior photo shoots — flowers add life and beauty and texture to any space. Fortunately for you, even if you can’t afford to have fresh flowers in your home all the time (and really, who can?) you can get the same effect with plants.