My partner and I scrambled to clean up our apartment and make it feel more like a home before we hosted my friend last month. Six months since moving in, it still didn’t feel like we had “unpacked”. Most of the frames were empty and lying unseen in cabinets, our walls felt embarrassingly bare. My partner’s art supplies were still stashed in a box under his desk. I had piles of beautiful mail tucked away messily in the bookcase. (There’s nothing like hosting someone or showing them your apartment to really put things into perspective.)
When I sat down to make a list of everything I wanted to do, I wrote down way more than could be accomplished in a weekend. I realized, though I hadn’t been consciously thinking about it, I had formed a lot of ideas about my ideal home.
First, my partner and I filled all our frames and hung them. Two weeks later, I’m so grateful we finally did this. It’s so great to see this awesome tequila label every time I enter the office. I also love seeing our original artwork framed and perched on the bookcase or in our kitchen.
Here are some other solutions we’ve recently finalized (or not so recently, but still are things that I feel really make these rooms our rooms).
So, in a whirlwind of pictures, those are the things that are making me feel like I can call this apartment home. And I’ve learned two important parts to feeling that way,
1. Properly displaying art and mail that I love
2. Having flexible spaces for creativity (an ever-changing knick-knack box, a chalkboard, a bulletin board)
I still have many more plans, and things will likely change, but I’m happy with how things are coming along.
What is something you do right away in a new space to make it feel like “home”?