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April 18, 2014
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The first apartment; How to decorate on the cheap


She also generously gave us window curtains, in a whimsical shimmery blue color for the bedroom. Our neighbor gave us a small round wicker table and two chairs for our kitchen, and an air conditioner.

After keeping our clothes in suitcases for way too long, we took the dresser from my old room, and one from my parents. However, it wasn’t enough to hold my overflowing wardrobe, so I took a trunk that I used for storage to use as a makeshift dresser. The extra bedroom is the music room and there is also a piano in the living room. (It came with the apartment.)

However, all of these things came at different times. When we first moved in, we had a bed and the couch. And it was enough. It was an interesting feeling, to live somewhere that doesn’t feel like home yet, that would take getting used to. It made me question, what makes a home? Is it what you put in it? Or who is in it? As the Edward Sharpe song goes, “Home is whenever I’m with you.” And though we didn’t have many things, we had each other.

We spent the first night filling the fridge with the only thing we had, apple juice, and making grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner, and then sitting in silence to take it all in.

Tips for thrifty decorating


Reduce:

Moving is the perfect opportunity to go through your things and sort out what you really want, and get rid of things you don’t. Moving into a new place gives you a clean slate, so go in with few possessions and an open mind.
Re-use:
Look through your storage or family and friends’ storage to find things they don’t use anymore. Also, make a list of what you need and ask them if they have anything lying around. You’ll find that they’ll be happy to help (and to get rid of things).
Recycle:
Thrift stores, pawn shops, yard sales, Craigslist, EBay and other websites are great resources. There are even Facebook groups like Sullivan Swap and Wayne County PA Totally Free Stuff where users post photos of items they are selling or giving away and you arrange to meet them to pick it up. Also, when clearing out your own things, remember to donate them, give them away or sell.