Any college student knows the struggle of dorm life that can last throughout sophomore year. Communal bathrooms, cramped spaces, sharing every inch of a closet-sized room with another person every second of every day...yeah, it's not ideal. But once you've earned the title of ~upperclassman~ all of that is likely to change, and you'll have the opportunity to move into an apartment.
"Ooooooh, ahhhhhh" you'll say, taking in the sights of a sink and a shower that is now only shared by four people, not 24. It could legitimately be the smallest apartment on the planet and you would still think it was "spacious" based on the dorms you've lived in before. You can suddenly decorate your empty wall space! Empty floor space! Empty space! SPACE FOR STUFF!!!
Where are you going to purchase said "stuff?" We suddenly arrive at the inevitable trips to Target: the promised land. Or black hole of endless spending. Whatever you want to call it.
1. Walking in and immediately passing the cheap clearance section, quickly picking up every little trinket you see."Ooh this would be cute!" Really? It's barely September, do I need napkins with Halloween puns on them? ....Maybe.
2. Making your first observation lap, beginning counter-clockwise, of course.Observe, take note, return and purchase. Foolproof plan.
3. Never making it through the first lap because you got totally caught up in the Magnolia Home section.
Chip and Joanna Gaines, you get me. And this line is the best thing that ever happened to Target.
4. Staring at abstract wall art for like, at least 15 minutes trying to decide if you're sophisticated enough to buy it.
Verdict: absolutely not.
5. Deciding on the light up marquee "BAR" sign that catches your eye instead.
Ah, yes. The pinnacle of fine taste.
You forget there's food until you see the food. And then suddenly, everything else fades away. And you remember the entire kitchen you have to fill in your ~apartment~.
7. Remembering you also have to purchase things like trash cans, cleaning supplies, dish soap, dish towels, and area rugs.
And going absolutely wild in the aisles.
8. Accidentally throwing every cute ceramic toothbrush holder, pillow, serving plate, fake plant, and vase you see into the cart.
Definitely, totally, undeniably, absolutely necessary. All of it.
9. "Uhhhhhh, we might need another cart."
Yeah, that's when you know.
10. Thinking to yourself that the grand total won't be that expensive because you're at Target.
It's not like you shopped for designer everything!!
11. And being proven oh-so-wrong.
Gasps ensue. Card chip inserted. Deep breaths, ladies.
12. But walking out of there feeling proud nonetheless!
A successful trip is a successful trip, no matter the price.
13. And once you get to decorating, you thank the Target gods for helping your space feel like home.
TGFT. Thank God For Target.