6 Ways to Upgrade Your Apartment Like the Grown Adult You Are

6 Ways to Upgrade Your Apartment Like the Grown Adult You Are

There’s nothing better than getting your own place.
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There’s nothing better than getting your own place. You get to decorate and arrange it however you want! You can also upgrade it as well—this really makes it your own and shows off how great you are at adulting. You can get stuff done and make your apartment even more awesome!

1. Get Some Double Duty Furniture

One of the downsides to apartments is the struggle for space. That’s why double duty furniture comes in handy. Something like a sleeper sofa can be great for using as a couch and as an extra bed when you have guests over. Ottomans with storage in them are another good choice, as there’s no such thing as too much storage!

The big thing is saving space while remaining efficient, yet still having a stylish and guest-friendly pad. You don’t want to have your friends crashing on your floor when they could have a bed to sleep on!

2. Upgrade Grandma’s Old Furniture

Getting hand-me-down furniture from family members is always awesome—yay free stuff! But some of it might not be quite to your taste. Luckily, there are tons of ways to upgrade it and make it your own. Plus, old, sturdy furniture is going to be worth a lot more in the long run than the stuff you pick up from Ikea.

One of the easiest ways to make something look new is to change the knobs or handles. Put some modern ones on that old dresser for a sleeker look. Repainting is a good option as well, especially if the furniture isn’t in the best shape and the paint is peeling or chipping already. Staining is important too since you want all the woods in a room to match!

3. Paint The Walls

Give your rooms a bit more pizzazz and character with some new paint! A lot of times you’ll get apartments with bland white or beige walls. While that can go with almost anything, it’s pretty boring. Some bold new colors can really liven a place up.

You want to make sure the paint job goes smoothly. You don’t want patchy walls or drips everywhere. Make sure you take your time and move things out of the way to get every inch of the walls. Those little paint cards are too small to really get a feel for how things will look on the walls, so get some sample paint and test a larger surface out before you commit.

4. Frame Your Art And Posters

The touch of a frame can go a long way in making your place look sleeker. Instead of just taping your posters and pictures on the walls, get some nice frames for them. They don’t have to be expensive ones—even a plastic frame can go a long way on making things look more polished. If you want to create your own frame, there are pretty easy DIY ways to do just that!

5. Add Your Own Touch

Instead of buying things like soap dispensers, lamps and other little things, try making your own. Obviously you’ll have to buy your base materials, but finding a DIY tutorial online and twisting it a little for your own style can give you things no one else has. They may be little, but there’s a good chance guests are going to take notice—and wonder where you got such cool stuff!

6. Don’t Be Afraid Of A Little Clutter

Obviously, you don’t want to go overboard. But having a bit of clutter, like a stack of books or magazines on your end table or DVDs on a shelf, is what makes a house a home. You want it to look a bit lived in, not like some pristine setup from a showroom floor. Don’t try to hide everything behind fancy decorations and put personal photos up instead of just art. This is your apartment, and it should look like it.

Make your apartment the place everyone wants to hang out at! Get started on some upgrades and really make your new place feel like home.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Making a Decision: an Indecisive Guide

To all the indecisive people out there: you are not alone

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I am the queen of indecision. For me, making a choice will have me frantically calling both of my parents, asking all of my friends' advice and postponing all studying until the decision is made. Of course, this is because I do not want to make a choice that I regret – such as the time I decided that starting my job at 6:30 am would be a good idea, or the time when I scared my friends with how hyper I was after drinking both coffee and Boba tea. Yet when I take this caution of making the wrong choice too far, the decision-making process itself ends up being regrettable. So much so that I called my mom approximately seven times this weekend to ask her advice on a decision. So much so that my brother used an example of me not being able to choose what kind of shoe I should wear in his article.

This weekend, I was presented with two amazing opportunities to make a difference in the world this summer and I entered a stage of decision paralysis that I did not know was possible. No matter which angle I looked at each situation from, they both would provide me with a phenomenal experience, and would both require sacrifices. Despite not (as of yet) reaching a concrete decision, I learned a lot about the decision-making process and what to do in the next time I am faced with a difficult choice. So, in the spirit of finding summer jobs, gearing up to register for classes and deciding what on earth we want to do with our futures, here are the tips and tricks that I would follow to make the best decision that you can.

Don't overthink it.

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Really, this goes without thinking! Or, unlike most of us, it goes with a LOT of thinking! Seriously though, if you overthink things, they will turn into a pudding mush in your brain until you don't know what you don't know anymore. There is a very fine line between thinking through all your options and overthinking them – and judging by the number of times I called my mom this weekend, definitely crossed it.

Always use the pro-con list

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Ah, the Gilmore Girls. Not only did you inspire me to read every single book under the sun or have a witty conversation full of cultural references no one else understands, but you also taught me the beauty of the pro-con list. Choosing what you want can be messy and difficult to find because of the fears you might have. distinguish from the fears. Writing it all down on paper can often illuminate the right decision and show you which path is ultimately better.

Decide on your make-or-break factor

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Sometimes even the best pro-and-con lists will not be enough and will leave you in a frantic analysis ("should I go for the decision with 3 cons or 3.5 cons?") When even the Gilmore method fails, fear not! Consider which factors you truly do not want to compromise on and go from there. This can mean that even the worse decision may be the right one for you.

Trust your gut

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As much as it is difficult to dig through your feelings to find your true motives behind a decision, your gut can sometimes tell you what you are most passionate about and therefore what decision is best for you to take. As my Emory Reads friends tell me, passion trumps everything. Choosing which decision aligns with your values will often lead you to make the best and most-satisfying decision.

But trust your head as well

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But your gut can't always be trusted. It can lie to you, and when you overthink too much, it can change its mind. Your gut feeling may be one that is furthermore borne out of fear of the other option. In that way, I have made many a good decision based on the pure basis of rationality. Using only our heart to make important decisions allows fear to be one of the factors, whereas looking at the decision rationally can help you see the ultimate path.

Ask around

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When I am puzzled about making a risky decision, I often consult the people in my life who are on my side and want the best for me. These people can help you gauge what your heart truly desires, bring up factors that you haven't considered and even act as a support network for you while making this decision. When your mind kicks into over-analysis, sometimes a fresh perspective is all you need to truly make a confident choice. Decisions are hard, people. Don't make them on your own.=

Don't ask everyone

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There is such a thing as consulting others to make an important decision, and there is such a thing as relying on them to make your decision. If you ask too many people from too wide a pool, you'll end up having opinions for and against what you are proposing, which means that someone will always be disappointed in your decision. The bottom line is, asking too many people for their opinions is frustrating, no matter what – whether they have contradicting opinions, or they just nod their heads and go "hmmm, tough choice" (thanks, I guess?). In order to avoid frustration, consult the people in your life who know you the best and are dearest to you, rather than the stranger in front of you in line for fries at the DUC.

"Would my dad be proud?"

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Or your granddad, or your mom, or your professor, or even a TV character. Whoever you know whose morals you can measure your decision up to will often provide reason and illumination. If the decision you are making is not too wild and you feel that you will have their approval, then it is likely not detrimental.

Stick with your decision!

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Resolutely make up your mind and refuse to turn back. Exercise your right as a free individual to make a choice for yourself, and then do not second-guess it. Please don't do what I did and email a company two days later saying you've changed your mind. Please.

There is not always a right decision

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Sometimes both decisions you are presented with have different but equally good opportunities. In that case, lucky you! You have two amazing opportunities and therefore cannot mess up. Rather than stressing that you are picking the wrong choice, know that you cannot go wrong in either.

Realize you will grow no matter what

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Decision-making should be viewed as a challenge and a privilege rather than a burden. Make big, bold and beautiful decisions. Making up your mind can lead to a phenomenal experience that you will adore or a difficult experience that will only fashion you into a better person. Positive consequences can come out of any decision, even if we land in an upsetting position. Each choice we make can positively contribute to our character, fashioning us into the person we are becoming, day by day.


By the time this article is published, I will know my decision. And hopefully, by the end of this article, you will know yours. Let's continue to make decisions courageously, following both our heads and our hearts. Let's be determined to grow through our decisions, realizing that we have made the best choice we could, and never looking back.

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