How To Figure Out What Exactly You Need From Your Home
In the media, you hear constant horror stories about millennials – how young people aren’t having kids, buying homes, investing in diamonds, and how they’re eating far more avocado than the older generation is comfortable with. But the truth is that the millennial generation is much more home-focused than their older peers. They drink less, smoke less, and lead less risque lifestyles than their parents’ generation did before them. They aren’t having kids or buying homes because they can’t afford to – and why not enjoy bottomless brunches in the brief moments of reprieve they get between worrying about the environment and freaking out about the current political climate? Instead of going out, a lot of the time millennials stay at home, to save money and to enjoy the safe spaces that they’ve created for themselves in the world. It’s important, then, to make sure that your home reflects who you are and what you want for yourself. Here are some tips on how you can do that.
Consider Your Exact Needs
First of all you need to consider what exactly you want from your home. A lot more people work freelance now, which means that you may need a workspace that’s comfortable and relaxing and that makes it easy for you to focus during the day. That means that a small room in a shared apartment may not be what exactly you need, and your daily commute may not be as much of an issue as it is for other people, so you might consider looking for a larger space a little further out of the city. But there are some people out there who use their homes mostly as a crash-pad, who never work at home and who spend most evenings out as well. If that rings a bell for you, you may feel that you would rather spend less money on a smaller space so that you can reserve extra funds for socialising and public transport, which can get extremely expensive. Think about what exactly you want to use your space for and what your lifestyle there is likely to be before you pick a place to live.
Decorate Your Home On A Budget
Once you’ve decided on your home, it will certainly be tempting to go all-out to make it into the space that you’ve always dreamed of. But maxxing out your credit cards to buy your dream couch probably isn’t the best idea. Instead, go for plainer pieces and choose items that are comfortable and useful rather than aesthetically beautiful and otherwise useless. If you go for these items, you’ll enjoy using them – a couch that feels like you’re lying on a cloud is much better than one that looks gorgeous but feels as though you’re perching uncomfortably on top of a heap of sandbags. Remember that if you go for neutral colours for larger pieces like your bedframe, couch, and dining table, you’ll be able to decorate with brightly coloured pillows, drapes and tablecloths, and that it will be easier to change those small items instead of the larger ones as your personal taste and trends change through the years.
Make The Most Of Your Small Space
A lot of young people end up living in very small spaces, whether it’s a tiny studio apartment or a small bedroom in a shared apartment or house. That means it’s important for you to make the most of this space so that you can enjoy and use it as much as you can. One great idea is to invest in a lofted bed. This means that you can use the space underneath it, whether it’s for storage, a reading or TV nook, or even an extra mattress for when friends come to stay. Clever storage solutions are probably the best way to make sure that your space is clean and tidy. First of all, Marie Kondo your living space entirely – say a grateful goodbye to items that you no longer need or enjoy, and keep only what is essential to your happiness. Then make sure that you utilise what space you have – for instance, install shelves to use your wall space. You could even use the wall space over your doors as bookshelves. Remember that clutter will always make spaces look smaller, so make sure that everything has a space in which it should be kept.
Get Eco-Friendly (And Ditch The Plastic!)
In recent years, it seems as though the whole world has become considerably more concerned with being eco-friendly, so it’s time to ditch the single-use plastic and toxic materials. Buy vegan paint, cut out leather, and invest in things that will last, like wooden storage boxes instead of plastic. If you want to grow your own little garden, remember that a lot of food scraps can provide great compost for your plants.
What About Buying A Property?
If you are financially stable enough, you may consider investing in buying a property instead of renting. This isn’t something that should be rushed into, so make sure that you do plenty of research beforehand. It’s a good idea to look at for sale ads online so that you can figure out what exactly you can get for your money in the area that you’re interested in, instead of rushing in blindly. You should also make sure that all of your finances are in place – talk to your bank about what you intend to do to find out what your next step should be. Buying a property is a huge financial investment and it’s a lot of responsibility but if you’re fully ready for it, it’s a great way to lay down roots and prepare for the next stage of your life.
There are many ways that millennials can turn their homes into places where they love to be, despite spatial and financial constraints. Your number one priority should be to do some soul-searching so you can work out what exactly you need your home to do for you, so that you can make the necessary steps to ensure it happens.