Start The New Year Off Right: How To Reorganize Your Apartment/House

By Danielle Wirsansky on January 29, 2017
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A new year brings along new resolutions and you have got to start right away in order to really start changing and forming new habits. So how can you start the New Year off right? By reorganizing your home!

Turn over a new leaf and get your home into fighting shape for the new school year and the spring semester!

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Feng Shui

We have all heard of feng shui but what does it really mean? What does it really entail? How can you try it out or see if it works for you? What will it do for you?

According to HGTV, “Feng shui — which literally translates to “wind and water” — is the ancient Chinese art of placement. The goal is to enhance the flow of chi (life force or spiritual energy), and to create harmonious environments that support health, beckon wealth, and invite happiness.”

The placement of your belongings is supposed to be about finding equilibrium and achieving balance between the concepts of yin and yang. Whatever balance you might need in your life from money, career, health, you name it, you can try and attain via feng shui.

Vogue offers some feng shui tip for beginners that you can use to get started:

1. Clear the Clutter

2. Open the Door to Positive Energy

3. Pick Up a Plant

4. Take Command in Bed (By moving your bed’s location)

5. If it’s Broke, Fix It

6. Draw Outside the Lines

7. Leave the Water Running

8. Put Down the Seat

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Fun Accessories

As college students, there usually is not a lot of money to spare. We scrimp, we scrounge, we work jobs while going to school, we take out student loans, we go into debt. We are on our way (if we are not already) to being self-sufficient and often every dollar counts. We tell ourselves we do not have the fund for fripperies. Home decoration? Who needs it! The furniture we buy is often used, hand me downs passed down from college student to college student as they graduate and move on. None of it matches and it has definitely seen better days. We get only the furniture that we feel we absolutely need. A bed and a sofa? Who needs both when you can get two rolled into one in the form of a futon?

But sometimes having a bare or even, dare I say it, shabbily, decorated apartment can be a real downer. We often do not realize how much our surroundings affect us. If your surroundings are drab, it can make you feel drab. Sometimes it is worth the time and money to help you feel better and make your home a place that you want to spend time in.

From reupholstering your furniture to putting art up on the walls, there are so many options for you to customize where you live. It is also possible to do all this and stay within a budget. You can make your own decorations, buy cheap furniture and re-paint it, scope out art and other goodies at local thrift and second-hand stores. There are a lot of possibilities for you to explore to make where you live feel less like a house and more like a home.

Storage

By now, you have probably been living in your current house or apartment for a couple of months. Even if you have not, you have at least unpacked. And one thing that is always in short supply in a home is a place to put things!

By now, you have been moved in long enough to know that you need more storage space. Not enough bookshelves for your books so you have to make piles on the floor? Not enough space in your bathroom cupboard so you have to leave items cluttered on your bathroom counter? Too much clothing to stuff into your chest of drawers and closet? Now is the time to rectify the situation.

Being in a cluttered environment and not having a place to put things can lead to stress. And, well, college is a stressful enough time without that added on top, right? Do what you can while you have the opportunity to fix what is going on in your house and fix all the clutter. Re-organize and see if you have things to get rid of to make what belongings you have fit their container.

After that, if you cannot make everything squeeze, splurge and get the furniture and storage containers that you need. Sometimes it is the little things that can help you make your semester and schooling more successful and just plain easier.

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Danielle Wirsansky graduated from FSU with a BA in Theatre and a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in History. She is a first year graduate student in FSU's History department. She studied abroad in London, England for the Spring 2015 semester at FSU's study center for the Playwriting Program and interned for the English National Theatre of Israel in Summer of 2015. Her first musical, City of Light, opened as part of FSU's New Horizons Festival in Spring of 2016. She has also won the MRCE and URCAA Research grants from FSU. In the past, she served as the Marketing Director for the FSU Student Theatre Association, the intern for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and the research assistant of Prof. Nathan Stoltzfus. She has previously written for Context Florida (Contributing Writer), USA Today College (Contributing Writer), Sheroes of History (Contributing Blogger), No(le)Reservations (Contributing Blogger), Female, Reloaded (Arts/Entertainment Editor) , I Want a Buzz Magazine (intern), Mandarin Newsline (youth arts update columnist), Distink Designs (Guest blogger), whatscheaper.com (associate editor), escapewizard.com (associate editor), Spark TLH (Contributor), the Tallahassee Democrat (contributor), Elan Literary Magazine (Head of Marketing), and the Improviser Newspaper (Opinions Editor).

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