Moving into your first rental can be a wonderful experience. Whether it’s for college or because you want to start a life on your own, this is a new and exciting chapter of your life. You get to have your own place for the first time and decorate it as you like. However, you might encounter some restrictions because of your landlord. While some landlords are open to change and improvement, others are more reluctant to let you make modifications to their property. At the same time, investing a lot of money in a home that is not really yours can prove to be a mistake. Nonetheless, there are ways in which you can personalize your first rental to make it feel like home without breaking the bank or upsetting your landlord. So here are some tips that will help you achieve this goal.
1. Clean your new place.
Even if the landlord hired a cleaning service or asked former tenants to clean the place before they left, it will not be as clean as you like it until you do it. Therefore, the first thing you can do to make your new place feel like home is to clean it to your standards. You can use your favorite cleaning products and clean every corner in detail. When you reach the level of cleanness that you are used to, the space will feel more like yours. Moreover, after you clean the rental to your liking, you can start bringing in your stuff.
When you clean your first rental as you like, you are personalizing it to your cleaning standards.
2. Unpack and declutter.
Now that your place is clean and feels more familiar, you can personalize it more by bringing in your things. And the sooner you start unpacking and finding a place for everything, the more comfortable you will feel. If you keep your belongings in boxes for weeks, on the other hand, it will take you longer to feel at ease. Therefore, start unpacking as soon as you can.
At the same time, try to declutter the home of items that don’t belong. For instance, if there are things that former tenants left behind, get rid of them. They are nothing else than a constant reminder that someone else lived there before you. Moreover, having fewer items will help you keep your home clean easier. However, before you throw anything away, ask your landlord for permission. If there is something that they don’t want you to get rid of, you can store it in a closet or a hidden place.
3. Repaint the walls and furniture.
One easy way to personalize your first rental is to repaint it in the colors you like. That is something that your landlord will often agree to, as long as you undo the changes before you leave the rental. Therefore, if you like your home to be cheerful and colorful, repaint the walls with the hues that bring you joy. Also, you can repaint some furniture pieces to match them to the room’s color.
In addition, you can use wallpaper to change the appearance of a room. Removable wallpaper is available in a wide range of colors and patterns, and it is both simple to apply and cheap. For example, you don’t need to put wallpaper on all the walls in a room. A single wallpapered wall can make a huge difference in a room.
Repainting the walls or the furniture is an easy and cheap way to personalize your first rental.
4. Put the accent on the bedroom.
If you want to make a house feel like a home, you need to focus on the bedroom. Bedrooms are private spaces where we can rest in our intimacy and where we should feel relaxed. And when you decide to decorate your rental apartment to make it feel like that, you can do this on a budget. For instance, you can give the bedroom some intimacy by putting curtains on the windows. You can keep them open during the day to have enough natural light in the room. In the evenings, you can close them and have some privacy, especially if people can see inside your home. Of course, you can play with curtains and natural light in any other room in your home.
Furthermore, you can make the bedroom feel more comfortable by decorating it with blankets and pillows. Fill the bed with pillows to make it feel warm and welcoming, and finish the look with a throw blanket. Voila! Your bedroom is now ready for a good night's sleep and beautiful dreams.
5. Change what needs changing.
Around your new home, there might be items that you didn't think of changing, even if you should. They are items with a more or less personal feel to them that can help you personalize your space. The shower curtain, soap dispenser, toilet brush, sponges, other cleaning equipment, or table cloths are just some examples. These items should be yours and yours alone.
In addition, now is the time to be more conscious and save money on utilities since you will be the one paying them. If you haven’t been paying attention to things such as turning off the light in a room you are not using, now you should. Also, don’t use the heating or cooling if you don’t have to, shut down electronics you don’t use, and take showers instead of baths. That way, you can save money on bills and help protect the environment. In the end, having your place comes with responsibilities, both to yourself and your surroundings.
Most items that you use in the bathroom are personal, so it’s a good idea to bring your own in your first rental.
6. Add a personal touch.
A great way to bring personality to your first rental is to enrich it with things that make you feel good. You can, for example, place your favorite art on the walls. Or, you can make a memories corner and hang pictures of happy moments you shared with family and friends. You can also make a shelf with souvenirs, items that you are proud of or cherish. Prizes you won or things you are collecting are good examples. Surround yourself with things that bring you joy, and you will feel at home no matter where you live.
7. Bring more nature into your home.
If you love nature, you can bring more of it into your home and use it to personalize your first rental. You can have vases with freshly cut flowers around the house or potted plants. Place them in spots that could use a bit of color and joy, and they will bring a smile to your face every time you pass them. You can even make a micro garden in your home and grow your favorite herbs and spices. This way, having greenery in your home can also be a hobby.
As you can see, it’s not such a difficult task to personalize your first rental. All you need to do is surround yourself with things that you love. From the color of the walls to the flowers on the dining room table, you can change everything so that it fits your personality and taste. And when you finish redecorating and making all the changes, you can tell yourself for the first time: welcome home.