So, you’re moving out of the family home for the first time and you’re about to make your own way in the world. Excited?
For many people, moving out of the family home and into student accommodation or a private apartment is a tremendous life milestone, and opens the door to all sorts of exciting and potentially uplifting new opportunities and possibilities.
At the same time, though, moving into your own living space, by yourself, can be daunting and even demoralising.
Here are some things you can do to keep your first home away from home uplifting and feel-good.
Keep it tidy, clean and organised
One area where many people find themselves struggling when first moving into a living space by themselves is when it comes to keeping that living space tidy, clean, and organised.
Depending on the situation you experienced within your family home, there’s a good chance either that you were kept consistent with tidying and chores by the expectations of your family members, or that most of the cleaning and tidying was handled by other people.
But when you move into your own home, without anyone else keeping an eye on you, the situation can end up dramatically changing. After all, what’s wrong with letting dirty clothes pile up for a while if it’s not hurting anyone?
Unfortunately, a messy living space is almost certainly not going to feel good or uplifting to spend time in, on a regular basis.
Simply taking consistent steps to keep the place tidy, clean and organised can have a real significant impact on your sense of wellbeing.
Decorate it in a way that supports the kind of mood and mindset you want to achieve
Decorations and ornaments — even just a handful of carefully selected items — can make a powerful difference when it comes to shaping the atmosphere in any kind of home environment.
The first step is to think about the kind of mood and mindset that you want to achieve and encourage in your new living space — and the next step is to set about decorating it in a way that helps to support that mood and mindset.
Maybe a certain motivational poster to remind you to look on the bright side could be a great addition. Or maybe some photos of your closest loved ones could help to keep you feeling loved and connected.
Pay attention to the importance of pleasant smells and sounds
The kinds of smells and sounds that exist in your living space can have a major impact on the atmosphere of that living space as a whole, and on how you feel while there.
Essential oils, scented candles, pouches, or lavender are all examples of things that can help to create a more positive and upbeat atmosphere within your home while playing some quiet upbeat music can also help to make you feel more energetic and comfortable.