5 Essential Plant Types You Need In Your Room Now

5 Essential Plant Types You Need In Your Room Now

Plants not only give us a source of oxygen, but also bring us joy.


With Spring here, there is no better time than to add more green to your life. There is something so beautiful and calming about house plants. They are only just a bundle of green leaves in a pot of dirt. They do not move, nor do they express emotions, as a pet may.

Plants, through photosynthesis, give us oxygen. That is about the only thing that a basic houseplant gives us, with the exception of flowering plants or fruit plants. But for some reason, we associate their green leaves and stillness with tranquility and we obsess over them. People collect dozens of tiny succulents arranged aesthetically. People like Jenna Marbles hoard house plants until it looks like she's opening a Rain Forest Cafe inside her house.

I do not have the answer as to why we, as humans, are so attracted to a naturally occurring organism set in places where they otherwise don't occur. It could be that nature = peace, as described in Hygge. However, I do have some recommendations as to what plants are the best, and even some extra benefactors they give.

1. Even you can't kill these


Cacti, Succulents, and Air Plants are very hard to kill. They don't require much water at all, a normal amount of sunlight, and like it at room temperature. Plus, they're small enough to scatter about your room, or even hang. They're great for people just starting out.

Some other fun ones include Burros Tail, Jade Plant, and Spider Plants.

2. Loves the humidity


Peace Lily, Boston Fern, Prayer Plant, Orchids, and Chinese Evergreens.

These plants love lots of water and warmer temperatures, but not so much sunlight. A great place to keep these would be an upstairs bedroom, because heat rises, or in your bathroom! Hot, steamy showers create a humid environment that will please your plant friend.

3. I'm seeing green!


Ivy, Snake Plant, Autograph Tree, and Zebra Plant.

These are great, smaller living room plants. Especially if you live in a city with not much green-space. These plants don't like direct sunlight and like to be watered moderately in a room temperature setting.

4. Plants for snoozing


Likewise, certain plants can be great for specific conditions. For example, for a better night's sleep, you should keep some of these plants in your bedroom: Ivy, Aloe Vera, Gardenia, Snake Plant, and of course, Lavender.

5. Breath of fresh air


Certain plants can also filter out toxins and produce a cleaner air quality! Already mentioned was Snake Plant, Spider Plant, Aloe, Boston Fern, and Peace Lily, but there's also Golden Pothos, Dracaena, Weeping Fig, and Rubber Plants.

Out there, there is a plant for everyone. Be sure to cater to every plant's individual needs. I learned the hard way that their care is unique to them, and can't be generalized. Also, it is good to keep a close eye on your plants. The color of their leaves can tell you if they are sick or need more/less sunlight or more/less water. Just like if your plant is starting to lean towards the sun, it means that it isn't getting enough light and needs to be turned around or put in a place where there's more direct sunlight. It's also good to move your plants around and see where they may like it more within a room's space. Your plant may not be a pet, but they are still living things and deserve to be nurtured as such. Happy Planting!

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

SEE ALSO: Finding A Husband In College

Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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