Alright guys!!! It’s the start of the tertiary academic year, and that means that university students are running around looking for furniture, bed accessories, decorations etc. for their residency. This is usually a fun and happy process, but if mishandled, it can be quite stressful. Here are some tips, tricks and ideas on the move and settling into the new domains.
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Firstly, before even looking for any furniture, physically travel to observe the room and see what is provided by the university or landlord. Sometimes beds, cupboards, refrigerators are provided; and unfortunately at other instances thy aren’t. If physically getting to your new place is not possible, ask for the latest pictures of the room from your admissions officer/ landlord. This is so that you know what to buy.
Work on the bed décor
The very first thing you should focus on is the bed. Now a lot of people may find it unessential to have a cosy bed, but trust me a cosy bed makes all the difference. You might want to buy your bed sheets and covers, from Bulawayo’s Meikles or OK, and a couple of pillows. You don’t just want to buy one, as that would make your bed plane and boring, pick three to four pillows, with different textures and sizes to give it that extra volume. When you are done, finish off with a throw blanket. This can either be a cotton, fur, or woolen.
Your luggage is largely comprised of your clothes, so to clear space you might want to tackle that next. The best way possible is to separate your clothes in this order: jackets-dresses-tops-skirts-pants. Separate your undergarments as well: panties, bras, socks and tights. Have a separate bin for hairbands, belts and all the other extra accessories. Depending on your closet size, you might want to buy bins for storage. Visit the China shops in downtown Bulawayo as they sell closet storage bins. Thankfully, you can get them from as cheap as a dollar to about $3.50.
Desk /vanity area
The desk is very important as it’s one of the first things that people see when they enter into your room, so you should ensure that it is presentable. Get yourself a book binder/shelf so your books are not lying around everywhere. Get a snazzy lamb from Woolworths or Mr. Price Home. Get a small fake plant from the China shops, and create more space by placing your pens and pencils in a container or box.
As for your vanity area, if it is going to be different from the desk area, make sure to buy a mirror, (these days there are mirrors with built-in lights), a make-up closet, get jars to put your make-up brushes, a different one for pencils and a container for nail polish.
With such independence and space, you can do whatever you want with the walls. Get a portrait, a tapestry or even lantern lights. For portraits, it’s very easy: download a picture of your choice online, print it out and then frame it. If not you can buy from China shops, yet again.
Some people even prefer tapestries, hang one on either your wall or ceiling. And then there is lantern light others known as Christmas lights. These are very beautiful when hanged on your wall, you can even hang them around your tapestry.
So let’s go out there and create our homes away from homes with these laid out tips. Remember, for all these essentials and more, find them at China Shops around the city, Meikles, OK and at Mr. Price Home for those in South Africa or planning to buy there.
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