I’m a week into summer and what a whirlwind it has been! When I finished my last final, I headed home for a couple days to celebrate Mother’s Day and saw some of my friends from home. But here I am, moved back into a cute little house in Columbia for another summer!
To say the least, it’s been tough having to move so often. The packing, the unpacking, the cleaning and organizing. It is a incredibly long process, especially when I am alone for some of it too. I’ve been constantly looking forward to the day where I can move into somewhere, and get to stay there for longer than a couple of months. In fact, I have moved seven times since I became a freshman at Mizzou. Seven. When I grew up, I had stayed in the same town my entire life and only moved once when I was very young… and it was just to a different house across town. That is probably the main reason as to why this whole packing thing is something I struggle with getting the hang of.
However, this time around seemed a little bit different. I was able to pack and move out of my sorority house and into my new house (both rooms being located on the third floor… me and the stairs became best friends/worst enemies) without any additional help! Yes, I know it may not seem like a big deal but I still feel pretty accomplished about it.
So here I am typing this post in my new room (until August when I move again… but let’s just not focus on that), and I’m feeling like a much more accomplished, knowledgable individual. So, why not write a little about it?
I crafted up some lessons/tips/recommendations for anyone who moves frequently, is moving at some point in the future, or if you aren’t moving… thank you for reading. But these are just some easy, minor, and/or cheap things you can do during the moving process to help make your room feel like home.
I could not emphasize enough how life-changing these little guys are. They have made my room so much more home-y, comfortable and relaxing. The string lights across my ceiling are from Amazon and the textured-globe lights are from Target, both under $20. It helps that my room is in the attic space, so I have great angled ceilings that I could hang my lights across my room and in my little bed corner area. String lights are reusable, can be used for so many different things and are a major game-changer when it comes to decorating your room.
If you know me, you know I am a major flower fan. They’re a small pop of color and so simple, yet so beautiful. They make moments like getting ready in the morning so much more happier when they’re sitting on my desk. I got these from a nearby grocery store, so they don’t have to be outrageous bouquets from florists. Just a small bunch that’s less than $10 are just as perfect.
Growing up, I was so into the turquoise and lime green comforters with vibrant, floral or abstract patterns. Now, white and cream bedding with different touches of texture are my absolute favorite. A basic comforter with some textured pillows or cute throw is tough to get tired of, and you can always switch up the accessories on the bed if you’re wanting a different look in your room. My bedding is from Amazon and my pillows are from different places like Urban Outfitters and Bed Bath & Beyond.
These are also only a couple moving tips I came up with and decorations I have in my room- some are an absolute must, and some are just convenient to have.
- Trash bags: when moving hanging clothing, do the trash bag trick. Use a trash bag, pull it around hanging clothes from the bottom, then cinch up the top so the hangers don’t fall in. Then, you can immediately hang your clothes up without having to spend extra time doing it yourself.
- Portable fan: I purchased a mini fan to put by my bed so I wouldn’t get hot when I was sleeping, but now I can’t fall asleep without the noise of it. They’re portable and help you avoid waking up in the middle of the night if you’re hot… which is the worst feeling!
- Hanging shoe rack: put these behind your door and it will save you from using more closet space and helps you see all of your shoes in one area.
- Multi-use hangers: with clothes like pants and tees/tank tops, I use hangers like these and these, and they save so much space in those tiny closets in dorm rooms!
- Salt lamp: in all honesty, I don’t know too much about these. I knew they were starting to become more trendy… and saw them at an end-cap in Walmart… which resulted in an impulse purchase. However, they’re really interesting and I absolutely love having it lit up in my room!