Communicating with other human beings is one the most confusing things about being a human being. I mean, it’s at least in the top five because each of us is so unique! And depending on how your family life was, and who did what in your household, expectations for roommate behaviour will vary for each person. To each their own, you know?
So if you’re about to live with other human beings whether they’re your friends or total strangers, best to have “the talk” early on so some basic ground rules can be set.
We’ve narrowed down six categories for roommate living bliss:
From sunny days and hot nights on the patio to blustery days and crisp, cool nights, the transition from summer to fall is one of our favourite for your home. Fabrics get cozier, colours become deeper. So follow us into fall with these design suggestions:
It’s back to school time and that’s a big shift in the ol’household. How can you ease back into the hustle and bustle in ways that don’t leave you even more exhausted? We’ve got some simple tips on staying chill this school year.
It often feels like we don’t have time to organize, especially when we share spaces with other people, but honestly, all you need is to find 20 minutes in your day to finish up one project or space. Pick a place like your desk that needs to be tidied up and quickly break it up into categories: File, Toss, Recycle, and To Do. Finito!
Furniture As Storage: An ottoman to store linens, a bed with drawers underneath or at least enough height to store some under-the-bed bins. If you’re buying a new one, think about whether one with shelves and/or drawers might work for you.
Want more storage, more space and more style all in one? Our Cambridge bed with gas lift storage does all the heavy lifting for you!
Shelves, shelves, shelves: In small spaces, you’ve got to maximize ALL of the space. Can you hang shelves above your desk for extra books, papers or pictures? If your desk is too small, maybe a hanging shelf in another room can handle the extra load. Bulletin boards and magnetic boards are also great places to put school reminders, travel plans etc. These don’t require a lot of space, but can be super helpful for getting things off surfaces.
Get Rid of Things: Chances are you don’t need most of the papers that are piled up everywhere. If you haven’t worn that _______ for three years, give it to someone who will! Clearing out even a few items will make you feel so much calmer.
The funny thing about moving and packing is you always think you have less stuff than you actually do. Always. The logical reason is you’ve likely hidden things away in closets, under the bed, in dressers, high up on shelves, and if you live at home and are making the transition from parental digs to dorm room or small apartment, you may even have serious hidden-in-basement stuff worth investigating. So, what should you bring along with you and how can you make this whole moving away for college thing more efficient?
Maybe it’s the wide open spaces where tons of people gather each summer that encourages special connections and fast friendships, or it’s the effect of bouncing around beside a stranger at an outdoor concert and hanging for the whole festival, or swaying to an acoustic tune with someone you just met at a folk fest. Or it’s the person you fell hard for at your summer job cause there’s just things only you two share…those summer loves are truly special connections and once the hot season winds down, and autumn approaches, how do you keep in touch?
The urge to bring nature inside the house really kicks in as the beauty of summer turns and wilts in the fading light. Fall is the perfect time to start filling that indoor nest with cozy, earthy items that give the feeling of nature all year long.
One of the best ways to achieve a soothing, natural vibe indoors is to include design elements that have nature written all over them.
How does the old saying go? “Know thyself”? Something like that. It’s super important that everyone get a healthy dose of Me-Time (yep, so important we’re going to capitalize and punctuate like that) because most days are spent doing things for other people whether that’s job or family or friends-related, or other social things. You might consider Me-Time as your morning run, or walking with your dog, or even the commute on the train when you read and listen to tunes, but how about creating a space at home expressly for that purpose?
NEVER FEAR SUMMER IS STILL HERE! Okay, well, there are about 3 official weeks of summer left before we turn the whole operation around and get back into school mode. So, you know what? Let’s make the very most of these final months! We suggest making a bucket list of all the things you’ve been meaning to do this summer but have put off.
We’ll give you a headstart with our faves:
The school year is fast approaching and with school comes lunches. Sigh, remember those? Whether you’re usually on top of meal planning, or hopelessly last minute, we’ve put together a few useful ways you can start freezing the heck out of everything in sight, save yourself the stress of getting those lunches together, and maybe even get an assembly line going in your house so the whole family can pitch in!