7 Things You’ll Want for Your First Place

7 Things You'll Want for Your First Place

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Moving into your very first home is one of those milestones you never forget. Each and every part of the experience is new and exciting! But understandably, an empty shell of a house or apartment can be a little overwhelming. When you are starting from scratch but still want your new place to feel like home, how do you know where to begin?

I love finding deals and decorating my home on a budget. I learned to be more savvy about where to shop and what to buy to make an impact for less when I moved into my first home. I recommend you pull your first place together with items that will inspire your style and even help you to feel more organized and at home right away. I took a little shopping trip to my local Ross store to see what I could find and came home with the perfect (and so affordable!) pieces to inspire a new place. I couldn’t believe how many amazing things I was able to bring home for under $100!

Here are seven things you’ll want for your first home:

7 Things You'll Want for Your First Place

A Ceramic Pot for a Plant

A new place always feels more inviting and homey when you bring some natural elements. Pick up a pretty ceramic planter like this one for your first houseplant. You don’t even have to actually plant the plant in the pot if you don’t want to, just leave it in its original plastic container and set it right inside the ceramic one. Your beautiful new planter will bring a pop of color and style to bookshelves, look great as a centerpiece for a dining table or coffee table, or even work on a mantel or entry table.

7 Things You'll Want for Your First Place

A Stylish Sheet Set 

When you move into your first place, you’ll probably be excited to say goodbye to your dorm room bed set and get something more grown up and stylish. A pretty set of sheets in your favorite color or pattern will make your bedroom feel comfortable at night and pulled together during the day, even when you forget to make the bed.

Pillows with Personality

Accent pillows will bring your style to even hand-me-down furniture. Decorative pillows can be set on a bed or to help jazz up a boring chair or outdated sofa.

7 Things You'll Want for Your First Place

Statement Area Rugs

Rugs are miracle workers in a first home. If you don’t like your carpet or flooring, rugs can give any room an entirely different look and feel. If you have hard flooring, rugs can soften the space and give it a cozier vibe. Put a small rug by your bed, in a bathroom, in front of the sink or to create style in a living room or dining room with a larger rug.

7 Things You'll Want for Your First Place

Handy Home Organizers

Start off the move to your new place feeling more in control of your stuff. Basic items like a nice set of new clothes hangers can inspire you to actually hang up your clothes to keep your room tidy. Wire or cloth baskets can help you organize just about anything from socks to cosmetics to kitchen items to help you keep every room streamlined and feeling clutter-free.

Fresh New Towels

What’s more fun than fresh new towels for your first bathroom? Start with an accent color that will make the most of the space. White is always fresh and spa-like, but if your bathroom is lacking in personality or feels really dated, a punch of a bolder color with new towels and accessories throughout the room can bring the style up a notch or two.

7 Things You'll Want for Your First Place

Tabletop Picture Frames

Nothing makes your first place feel more like home than frames with inspirational items inside. Besides treasured photos, you can use new frames for art (search online for free art you can print!) and quotes to inspire you. You could even frame your own “rules” for your new place. Frames are a great first purchase because they are versatile and can be updated on a whim as your style grows and changes. Look for a variety of metal or wood frames that you can mix and match.

What else would be inspiring to have in your very first place?

Ross stores receive new product 3-6 times a week and no two stores carry the same assortment, so I recommend you visit often and even check out  multiple stores because you’ll find something new and exciting at each. We always find stuff we love there and the prices are awesome. Ross delivers a “No frills, big thrills” shopping experience so you save a TON of money on the latest trends and classic pieces for your home.

You can find a Ross store near you at RossStores.com, as well as check out the latest styles on Facebook and Instagram.

The Traps

The Traps

I see the traps all the time, especially in the perfect pictures and longing-for-more statuses on Instagram. It seems like it’s no big deal, until you notice how you are putting yourself at risk by living on the edge of discontentment. Even if I see the traps around me, I can so easily fall into them (or even set them) if I’m not careful.

Like you, I love puttering around my house and moving things around. It’s like home therapy. Making a home cozy offers a small sense of security in this crazy world (or at least a distraction from it all). But what if we get distracted from along the way from our real purpose and blessings and start falling into the traps?

A home should be our haven from the harsh reality of the world, but it doesn’t need to be a showplace. You’ve heard me say that before, right? :) Nothing wrong with making a home pretty, but do we look around to see what everyone else is doing or what everyone else has and then suddenly what we ALREADY have seems to pale by comparison? We start to search for more in all the wrong places.

Maybe our humble abode doesn’t compare to the glorious white farmhouse with the big red barn at the end of the drive, the Nantucket dream house overlooking the water, the brand new shingled beauty with the big rooms furnished to perfection? Or maybe our ability to decorate what we have doesn’t seem to measure up.

Even if we are already living in someone else’s idea of a dream house, we can fall into the traps we set for ourselves. You’d think if you live in a beautiful house you’d be grateful and content all the time. And you maybe are. But perhaps your trap is perfectionism. Even though you have so much more than you actually need you still feel compelled to redecorate because what you have is never perfect enough.

Perhaps you fall into the trap of measuring your home-worth by how much attention it gets online or from your neighbors. Maybe it’s the trap of excess that trips you up. You are able to get more, have more, or buy a better house, so you do because you could.

Maybe it’s the trap of entitlement for what you feel you should have at this point in your life, but you are stuck living where you do. Or maybe you are envious of people in another part of the country who can buy twice the house for half the cost (hello, fellow West Coast friends).

We have to remember what we already have is a gift. We don’t need more. I’m not pointing fingers at anyone but myself, because I have fallen into all of these traps at one time or another. It’s so easy to do, even when you know better (and have even written books about it!)

Maybe you don’t think you have any of those tendencies to fall into or set traps at all, but if you think about it, maybe like me you can easily fall into the trap of simply not acknowledging to ourselves or to others that what we have is more than enough.

Times like these remind us to hug our people close because that’s what really matters, not the stuff.

In a world where everything seems like it is coming apart at the seams and everyone seems to be at risk, it becomes more clear that we already have so much to be grateful for. I love making my house a home and will continue to find joy in sharing that process, I hope you will, too. More than ever we need our home to be a sanctuary, right? But I know I want to take each step forward in my projects with more gratitude for what I already have.

What are you thankful for today and what traps do you need to avoid?

PS. Speaking of what you see online, this post about summer is hilarious! It made me laugh so hard. I added the link here because perhaps it will bring a smile to your face, too. :)


*The rug source is found here.

The Traps