When you move to a new apartment, it can be hard to make it feel comfortable. When I moved into my apartment, I realized that the walls were essentially cement and didn’t have insulation. This meant when it was hot out, the walls would get hot and when it was cold, I would freeze all night long. Because of this annoyance, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my apartment feel more comfortable by insulating the walls.
I added plants to most of the rooms
When we moved into our apartment, it felt like we were living in a giant box—not only were there no windows, but the colors on the walls, floors and furnishings were all very neutral. I wanted to make it feel more homey, so I decided that having plants around would help brighten up the space and make it appear more spacious. I started by adding a few plants here and there, but after I got used to how nice they made each room feel, I started going crazy—I’m currently trying to get as many as possible into my apartment before my landlord kicks me out for over-decorating.
I’ve found that having at least one plant in every room makes it feel more comfortable. Because of their unique textures and colors, plants are an easy way to bring visual interest into an otherwise unadorned space. They also give off a wonderful aroma that’s sure to delight your senses. In fact, research has shown that the presence of living plants can actually help change your attitude about the space you’re in.
I started burning candles regularly
I’ve always loved candles, but I never thought to burn them regularly in my apartment until a few months ago. Before this, I’d only burn candles on special occasions—if we had guests over or if it was my birthday.
But then I realized that I don’t need an excuse to light a candle. Now, every night when I get home from work, I light one of my favorite scented candles and it instantly gives me a sense of comfort and home. It’s nice to know that no matter how bad my day has been, there’s something in the apartment waiting for me to make me feel better—a little candlelit dinner with some good music and great company is just what the doctor ordered.
I added lots of pillows to my sofa and bed
When I first moved into my apartment, I thought that the biggest challenge would be getting a full-size sofa and bed to fit in my one-bedroom apartment. But the real problem was that the furniture I did have just wasn’t comfortable. The couch had very little padding, and the bed was low to the ground so that it took extra effort to get up in the morning. Getting comfortable on either of them required a lot of effort, and they were next to useless as places to relax or take a nap.
Transforming them into comfortable places to sit and sleep was really easy, though—I just added pillows! Lots of big, fluffy pillows! Plopping down on a pile of pillows is much easier than trying to balance yourself on an uncomfortably small piece of furniture. They also help keep you off the floor, which increases your comfort level at night by giving your body some space between you and it. And once you’re in bed, pillows are great for supporting your body in different positions and keeping you from rolling out of bed at night (something I’m particularly prone to doing).
I finally bought a dishwasher
I’d been wanting to buy a dishwasher for a while, after my current dishwasher broke down. But had been putting it off— I thought it was just such an unnecessary luxury! I have a simple house and I don’t entertain very often. The only time I did have dishes to wash was when I cooked with friends, which wasn’t often. Still, I kept thinking about how nice it would be to have one, and so I finally caved and bought one!
I did use an appliance repairman to install the new dishwasher, and now that it’s here, it feels like such a luxury. It makes me feel like my apartment is more adult and more complete than before. It somehow feels more comfortable because of the way I can walk around and not worry about having piles of dishes waiting for me in the sink or on the counter. Plus, my bedtime just got earlier because I don’t need to worry about rinsing out my dishes before leaving them in the sink overnight!
The key takeaway from this should be that while being comfortable is important, having things that you love also makes you happy. Appreciating your surroundings and decorating in a way that makes you feel good is important as well. Just because you live in a small space doesn’t mean that it has to feel small or cramped.