4 Hacks for Making Your Space More Grown Up

By Alicia Geigel on May 29, 2018

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As a young adult, there are a number of things we want to either do or accomplish in order to be considered an adult. In fact, this is such a phenomenon with millennials today that the term, “adulting” is used and thrown around in everyday language almost on a daily basis. Whether it’s getting a full-time, “adult” job or moving out of your parents’ home into a place of your own, being an adult and acting like one can be a little overwhelming, scary but oh-so-fun and rewarding at the same time!

Like I had mentioned earlier, one of what many consider to be a signifying step into adulthood is to move out of your parents’ home and into a place of your own. When moving into a new house or apartment, there are what seems like a million new things that fill your mind (and overwhelm you). Upon moving into your new space, you now embody the powerful yet scary role of the artist, with your new place acting as your large, blank canvas and you are confronted with the task of creating a masterpiece.

You no longer have to worry about a poster or couch pillow that your mom will fuss about, or a lamp that your dad will say is a waste of money. You are in control and you have the choice to decorate your new home any which way you please. While a thought frequent on the minds of young adults is moving into a new home, however, one that is even more present is how exactly to make the place feel more grown up and polished. So many of us want to get that feeling of home, the beautiful aesthetic, the polished nature, etc. of the home that we perhaps grew up in, but have no idea where to start.

One of the greatest tasks (if not the greatest) is selecting items to accessorize your new place to help pull together all its different elements such as the bedroom, the bathroom, the living and office areas. Accessorizing is an amazing, convenient way to give your place that polished grown-up look with personality without spending a fortune and breaking your budget. Whether it is a vintage table lamp or a framed painting from your favorite artist, accessories will give your place that personal, yet polished feeling of home without extensive costs. Did you just move into a new place? Overwhelmed by the idea of trying to give off the impression of a put together grown up? Scared that your apartment is going to reflect the same horrendous themes of your 13-year-old bedroom? Fear not! I will be your guide for home décor, just follow these tips and you’ll be sure to have a stylish and posh spot in no time!

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1. Get in Touch with Your Green Thumb.

For some reason, plants are popular among adults, both young and old. I think it has something to do with the notion that if you have a healthy, growing plant that your life resembles the same. That if you can keep a plant alive, you have your life together. I don’t know if this is true or not, however, just by appearance, I know that plants make a room feel more grown-up. One way to add that grown up feeling to your apartment is to put different kinds of plants throughout your kitchen, bedroom and living room areas! Not only are plants a beautiful decorative piece, but they also give your place a fresh, lively vibe- all representative of how you are feeling as a person, right?

According to Silvia C. of Daily Dream Décor, “[plants] help your home get more oxygen; they bring a happy mood into any space and help increase your work productivity.” You may be thinking to yourself, “Alicia, I don’t have the time to worry about a silly plant”, or “Alicia, I don’t have a green thumb, I’ll definitely kill this plant in no time.” I completely understand your concern, which I why I’ll suggest succulent plants to you! Not only are succulents inexpensive, but they are also super easy to take care of, even if you do forget about them for awhile!

2. Framed Posters/Artwork.

We all had fun posters as kids into our teenage and college years. There is definitely nothing wrong with those posters, but we most likely either taped them or pinned them to the wall, making them look a tad adolescent. To give your apartment a grown up feeling, frame any of your favorite posters! For brownie points, get some fancy canvas paintings or framed artwork to give your walls extra pizzazz.

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3. Update Your Lighting.

As an adult, ditch the cheap side table and floor lamps you once got to light up your side of the dorm room and indulge in some elegant lighting. In an article by Carolyn Steber of Bustle, she comments on the importance of good lighting stating, “Do yourself a favor and do away with tiny plastic lamps, and those paper things you had in high school. Get something that makes a statement, and fills your space with light.”

4. Organize Your Alcohol.

No self-respecting adult has all their alcohol just lying around on various countertops! Instead of clustering together your wine bottles and other various alcohol bottles together in one spot, consider organizing them together on a rack or in a glass cabinet!

Giving your apartment that grown-up feeling may sound a little tedious, but in the long run, it will motivate, inspire and push you to accomplish any goals you set for yourself this year! Furthermore, it will instill the confidence in you that you can conquer adulthood no matter what! Just remember to be patient and go with what works best for you. As always, good luck!

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By Alicia Geigel

Uloop Writer
Temple alum | columnist at Uloop News | writer at Top5Must & KnowPhilly | photographer | food blogger

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