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Real World 101 How to Decorate Your First Apartment for Girls Venturing out on Their Own ...

By Sabrina

Congratulations! You just bought your first apartment! But, other than the keys you tossed on the floor when you did your happy dance... are there any decorations? Oh no! You don't want your apartment to look like a prison; it should be a comfortable environment that reflects your personality—here's how to make sure it does just that.

1 Gallery Wall

Gallery WallWall decor can be a great addition to your new home. It can also be expensive, complicated, and frustrating. So how do you have the good and not the bad? Follow this method of mapping out your wall before you start hanging up decorations. Also, make DIY wall decor and use your own pictures rather than buying wall art from stores.

2 Mason Jars

Mason JarsMason Jars will become your best friend when decorating and organizing! Their cute vintage charm is a great addition to any apartment. Plus, they are inexpensive and sturdy so you won't need to replace them.

3 Shop Etsy

Shop EtsyEtsy is a great way to make your apartment unique to you. There are so many one-of-a-kind and handmade creations that your apartment will begin to feel like your own special sanctuary when you shop there. Plus, you can find affordable decor when you look hard enough!
Shop here: etsy.com

4 Fun with Lights

Fun with LightsLighting can make a huge difference in the homeyness of your apartment. Whether you opt for chic, trendy lighting, lots of candles, or girly fairy lights, just choose something you love to transform your apartment into your own sanctuary.

5 Go Green

Go GreenMaybe it's just me, but whenever someone has living plants in their house or apartment, I instantly assume they have their life together! Fresh flowers, hanging plants, or a potted-herb garden all make great additions to a first apartment. Not only are they great for aesthetics, but they also provide fresh air and are bound to lift your mood. Plus, they are cheap and potentially functional if they're herbs or veggies.

6 Get Organized

Get OrganizedWell-organized spaces can totally qualify as decor. So kill two birds with one stone and start thinking about how you can creatively organize your space.

7 Reduce, Reuse, and Repurpose

Reduce, Reuse, and RepurposeHow much do you waste that you could reimagine as decorations? Think about all of those wine bottles you've just let go to waste over the years that you could have used as vases. That's just one idea—I challenge you to think creatively and critically about what you throw away and try to find other purposes for it before you toss it.

8 Find Affordable Art

room, living room, furniture, interior design, modern art,Bare walls make a place look dull and dreary, but good artwork costs an arm and a leg. Find a healthy middle ground by decorating with cheap wall art. Hang up pictures or search the web through dozens of websites that have afford wall art for you to purchase.

9 SEcondhand Shop

pink, eyelash, organ, hair accessory, tooth,A great touch to add to your first place is an antique find from a flea market or even a secondhand shop. It adds an element you didn't previously have at a fraction of the cost of something new. A great free option to adding character is ask your mom or grandma! I have tons of great family hand me downs that I can one day give to my kids.

10 Learn to Paint

room, furniture, bed, duvet cover, bed sheet,Sure, a lot of apartments don't typically like when you paint the walls, but some places allow you to as long as you paint it back before you move out. And don't just limit paint to the walls. Painting a piece of furniture you already own drastically changes its look! It will help you change up your space for a fraction of the cost of buying something brand new every time.

Moving into a new place is exciting, but challenging. It's all part of entering the real world though, and I know you're ready for it! How are you decorating your first apartment?

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