Decorating Tips for First Time Renters

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First time living on your own?  Excited to decorate your new off-campus #apartment, but not exactly flush with cash?  Check out College's tips on furnishing your first place without spending a lot of cash.  

Figure out what you absolutely must have and begin there.  If you don't have a bed, well, then that's your first priority because how are you going to do well in your classes if you aren't getting any sleep because you're sleeping on the floor?  Love to cook?  Go to the kitchen next.  Need a place to study?  A lamp and desk are imperative.  Prioritize your needs to make them less overwhelming.

Think carefully about where to save and where to splurge when furnishing your apartment.  Craigslist and curb finds are great ways to fill your space for cheap, but if there's a piece you just know you'll love, it's okay to save up for it.

If you do find a piece for cheap or free that isn't quite perfect, think about how you can make it into what you want with paint, stain or new hardware.

Don't think you have to follow every trend.  There are classic, timeless decorating staples that will be much cheaper.  If you absolutely must bring the hottest new thing into your home, buy it in the form of something inexpensive like a throw pillow or accessory.

Rearranging furniture and accessories costs nothing, so don't be afraid to move things around until you find a grouping you like.  Cleaning doesn't cost a thing either and will often make your apartment feel fresh and new.  

Don't be afraid to take your time to get the home you want.  It will cost less in the long run and you'll be happier with how it looks!

Are you ready to move out of the dorms or your parents' house and into an apartment of your own?  Give San Marcos Apartment Experts a call today at 512-805-0123!

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