After a year of living in my school apartment, I would consider myself a connoisseur of sorts of home decor (big joke there!). However, I DID get a handle on the things that made my apartment feel more like my space. Therefore, MY apartment essentials. And trust me, they’re probably not the same as everyones. My personal style is some sort of mix of strange, retro, pink, and cute. It makes no sense, but that’s what makes the space my own.

In honor of moving back to my little corner of the world next month, I wanted to share my apartment essentials that help to make my space my own. These are little pieces that won’t break a budget, but do bring a little personality to a space. I live in an apartment that I can’t paint, so style has to come from other places!

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Living Space Apartment Essentials

Ah, my living space. My theme for my living space last year was video games and super heroes, but these little choices helped to bring my space back to normal so I didn’t seem like a totally strange person. Not sure how much it worked (lol!), but the space really was what I wanted it to be.
First thing a space needs is a good rug if you don’t have carpeting. Even if you do, a fluffy rug can help to make the space more comfortable and warm. I love my little carpets because I have linoleum flooring, which gets chilly during the winter. Plus, you can get carpets in fun colors and prints, which helps you to personalize your space more, especially when you can’t paint.

Next, you need lighting! I love “fairy lights” or string lights to help bring some soft light in. My apartment has lighting already, but it can be a bit dark once the sun goes down. I run mine along the the wall near the ceiling, and plug them in once I’m settling in for the night.

The next item is an adorable moon lamp! I was lucky enough to receive this guy at a discount for my review, but seriously, its so cute! I love all the tiny details, the fact that it lights up different colors, and is just a very sweet touch to add to a room. For me, extra light is everything, especially when you live in a space as dim as mine.

The lamp gives off a gentle glow, which would go perfectly with some string lights. While it isn’t strong enough to light up an entire space, it would also be great as a nightlight for a child or a cute conversation piece for a living space. Mine will take its place of honor right next to my bed.

Kitchen Apartment Essentials

Having my own kitchen and place to cook at school, finally, is such a treat. I lived for two years at school on dining plans, and now getting to grocery shop and cook my own meals is perfection.
I have to say, I love my pyrex more than anything. Storing food in glass is so much healthier than plastic, easier to clean, and can help you cut down on waste! I like to use these in my lunch box to substitute for plastic bags, since they are single use and then thrown away. They’re good for literally everything, and, super affordable. If you take good care of them, they’ll last pretty much forever too!

An awesome blender is the best addition! A good blender makes for yummy breakfasts, snacks, and more! I make tons of smoothies in mine, which is a great way to get in your fruits and veg in a flash! Cut up your fruit ahead of time, freeze in individual bags, and just grab one when you feel like having a smoothie! Frozen fruit is also inexpensive in my area, so you can try out different ready made blends!

This is the #1 lifesaver that I had in my apartment. Getting an electric grill helps me to make so many healthy meals with quick clean up. Plus, you can make ahead grilled chicken or other meat ahead of time, and just warm up the next day for a simple and easy meal! I love anything that makes my life easier, so this is a no brainer.

Bathroom Apartment Essentials

Finally, my own bathroom! Sharing a bathroom with tons of strangers and other students is DIFFICULT, but now that I have my own space, I can decorate to my hearts content.

I have this cute shower curtain, and it helps dress up the space so much! A curtain is an easy way to bring your personality to a bathroom, even if you can’t paint! They come in all colors, patterns, pretty much whatever you want.

No boring soap dispensers allowed! There are tons of dispensers to match any color palette or design! I love this cute cute strawberry one, because its just so sweet. Plus, you can fill them with whatever soap you like!

Do you have anything that is an essential for your living space? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Sunday!

XOXO Em