A special thanks to Sears Home Appliances and Services for sponsoring and inspiring this post.
I’ve just recently moved into my new apartment and I made a vow that I’ll be making this place feel more like a home than a flat. The first step was for me to sign a 15 month lease instead of a 12 month, it’s the longest lease term I could get, lol. I realized that the only way to make my apartment feel like home is to start thinking of it as such. While I’m definitely hoping to be able to buy my first home sooner than later, it’s time to work with what I have now.
Before I moved I decided to peruse Pinterest, DIY shows and more to gather ideas. By the time I was ready to move in I was fully excited about my design and decor journey ahead. I also had a chance to take a look at Sears Home Appliances and Services which inspired a few components of my list. I’m really looking forward to becoming a homeowner. I realized that the smallest touches from candles and wall art to how you dress up appliances can make all the difference. I’ve compiled a quick list of 10 hacks you can use to spruce up your apartment or home. Check out the list below!
11 Hacks To Spruce Up Your Apartment or Home
1.Wall Rack Door Hooks: One of the first things I noticed when entering my apartment was the lack of coat closet. A great way to see this need is by adding a Wall rack behind the door. This will allow for guests to hang their coats when they come inside.
2. Shoe Storage: Once again with no coat closet and limited space by my door, I tried to think of creative and stylish ways for people to be able to store shoes when they come in. I loved the idea of placing a shoe cabinet below the hooks behind the door. You can even place a mirror above the cabinet to give that space more function. It also makes for a great place to place your keys when you come in from work.
3. Electric Fireplace: This apartment was the first place I’ve ever move into without having a fireplace and since it’s time for cooler weather I thought about buying a heater but it occurred to me that there is a better solution for style and function, an electric fireplace. I was able to find an electric fireplace tv stand that looks great in my living room. I’m even considering getting one for my bedroom.
4. Curtains: When you first walk into my apartment you’ll be staring immediately at sliding doors with standard apartment blinds. Curtains have a way of bringing warmth to any space so I’ve decided to purchase curtains that will cover the doors from ceiling to floor.
5. Storage: You need to make sure that there is enough room in terms of storage for all of your items. You don’t want to have them all around everywhere, as this would keep the place from getting messy. We bet that you have that same cupboard that everyone else has in which it is full of plastic shopping bags and cardboard boxes. These can be extremely helpful because then if you ever need one you can look up a quick guide to folding carton boxes, or grab a bag without much hassle!
Putting all the mess away means that it’s not out in the open which is the important part. This then gives you more time to create a beautiful space that isn’t completely cluttered up.
6. Refrigerator: I love the Kenmore Pro Refrigerators because they carry a ton of storage and loads of function. With that said another way to spruce up your refrigerator is to add a decal to it. I’ve found an awesome kitchen conversions decal on Etsy that I’m going to place on the side of my refrigerator to make it easy to see when I’m cooking or baking.
7. Chalkboard or Cork board: While we’re talking about kitchen function, consider adding a chalkboard decal or cork board on a bare wall in your kitchen. This will make it easier to write grocery lists, to do lists, or just reminder notes.
8. Range: When selecting a range, think about your cooking style and accommodating space for holiday cooking too. I love how the Kenmore Pro ranges have ample cook tops, oven space and a stylish design. Don’t forget to consider the kitchen triangle when thinking about appliance placement.
9. Removable Back Splash: It didn’t even occur to me that such a thing existed LOL… however, all the home makeover shows show us the power of beautiful backsplash. If you’re in a temporary space or don’t feel like doing a full kitchen remodel. Consider getting removable backsplash that you can install yourself. Another option is using decals to do patterns on tiles.
10. Shower Caddy: I needed a neat way to store my shampoo, conditioner, sponge, etc. So I checked out some really cool Shower caddies that will work perfect for my space. I’m also considering a tension rod unit for the bath corner.
11. Laundry Room: Last but not least the laundry room, in my new place it happens to be in my bedroom which is highly convenient. I’ve just placed my hamper in there and will wash as I go. In the mean time I definitely want to add this super cute laundry room decal that matches the space and my personality. It would look great over any Kenmore Washer and Dryer.
Now that you’ve checked out my list of 10 hacks for your apartment or home, I hope you’re feeling inspired to do some decorating or updating your space. When you’re ready to get started be sure to head over to a Sears near you to find exactly what you need. ONLY Sears has the unique expertise to take care of your house so you can enjoy your home. Sears is House Experts for Homeowners! Or apartment renters like myself.
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