Moving in to your first off-campus house is an exciting, surprising, absolutely terrifying, eye-opening experience…to say the least. You are forced to realize what living in a house without your parents means. The gas smell coming from the kitchen? No, that is not normal. The cockroach in your bathroom tub? You can’t squish it or more will come, leaving you and your roommate to create some sort of cup and string concoction that leads the pest outside. And that bottle of vodka sitting in your living room without a cap on it for two months? Yes, it will taste different now.

However, none of these minor setbacks seem to overshadow the amazing realization that you and your roommates have invested in your first humble abode. Needless to say, there is a lot to be learned. But the first step is making your place look like home. College students are always broke but that doesn’t mean you need to live in a dump.

Here are our tips n’ tricks to decorating your house on a budget!


1. Mirror, Mirror on The Wall

Best trick in the book for making small spaces feel bigger. A mirror can add decoration and structure to any room or kitchen.

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2. Two-In-One Appliances

Two birds with one stone = Using an ottoman with secret storage space or finding bins that fit perfectly under your bed.

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3. Get Crafty With Your Storage Spaces

Sometimes the weirdest objects can be the key to an organized house.

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  1. Two-In-One Decorations

The best decor is the one with added benefits. A humidifier can be a nice center piece to your living room table and keep it smelling like eucalyptus when your guests arrive.

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2. The Arrangement of a Necessity

Maybe not the most practical thing we’ve ever seen but hey…sacrifice for style, amiright?

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A wine rack because…stay classy people. This ain’t Irby no more.

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