For someone looking for guidance either before moving out of their home or they must have just arrived at their new accommodation, for the sake of convenience, the article is divided into two parts, for things to remember: Before and After.
The truth about moving out for higher education, without sugar coating it, is that the person will not always be around people who make them feel comfortable. There will be moments when they will be alone most of the time and might feel homesick, or lonely.
But there are always ways to cope with these completely normal feelings. One of the ways to do that is to create a comfortable space to live in based on routine and everyday habits.
Starting with things you can pack before leaving home!
Photographs of family and close friends | Higher Educations
Pictures of some happy moments captured close ones can be carried; they may be framed/unframed (depending on luggage allowance).
They can be hung on a wall or placed on a study table or bedside table.
Just knowing that loved ones are out there and thinking about the memories shared, will put a smile on one’s face.
Carry a Hobby
For someone who enjoys painting, sketching, whittling, embroidery, crocheting, and knitting, packing the basic tool kit required for that can help.
One can argue about buying supplies there, but this thought might keep getting procrastinated. Since they will be caught up in a million things to be done and end up losing interest.
One way to relax is to keep in touch with a hobby. Hence, transport it!
Imagine Study Table or Work Desk requirements beforehand | Higher Educations
There can be knowledge of the type of course tools and supplies required for higher education and a basic idea of how the accommodation space is going to be.
Hence, one can think of the items needed along with textbooks or laptops, which will come in handy.
These objects can be something already on the study table at home like a particular pen stand, light, printed motivational quote, calendar, etc.
These are just suggestions other than actual must-haves, so do not forget those!
Packing of one’s favorite – Mug, Jumper, or Blanket!
One of these things must be something one had for years and it is comforting to just hold on to these things when away from home.
It is psychologically comforting to be around known objects when humans are in a completely new environment by themselves.
That one constant from home! | Higher Educations
It can be a pan to make an omelet in, a go-to set of books, a wall hanging that has been there for the longest time, or some candles of a particular smell that reminds of home.
Take them along too, do not hesitate!
Now, the part after one gets there: after unpacking, slowly settling in, and starting to cook meals.
A spot for reading or having a cup of coffee
Since the daily routine is now set, there will be a particular corner where one likes to sit or a place by the window to sip some coffee while reading a book.
For sitting there comfortably a few cushions can be kept to get energy before the day begins or just slowly enjoy the drink after a hectic day.
This is the spot to keep all the things that can be used for hobbies handy. Personalize it!
A lot of Plants!
One can go to the nearest nursery and get a few indoor plants that require the least maintenance. If not, order plants online and enjoy caring for them!
There will slowly be a realization of what wonders having green plants indoors does to the mood and space! Cheers, on becoming a plant parent!
If this sounds tough, there always are fake plants available, but the feeling won’t be the same.
Filling up some empty walls
After spending some time in the new home, there might be a feeling that some walls look too empty.
For a creative individual, the wall can be painted with some art, and later while leaving it can be painted back to white.
For a lover of film or photography, printing favorite posters or photography shots can be composed on the walls with some funky lights around them.
Now it is time – Hosting Friends!
After settling in and creating some cozy spaces at home, one can invite new friends over!
They can have a cooking session together or can binge-watch or have a movie night together. These friends will be the people who will be there throughout and these will be the memories cherished later.
A polaroid wall full of memories | Higher Educations
Many new people will be coming home from time to time, so every time a new friend walks in through the door, click a photo with them and it can be put on a wall with a date stamp!
Eventually, there will be a whole collection of these frozen memories at the new home!
To conclude, one should also find a spot in this new place where they can just go and unwind.
In the end, home is the ‘feeling’ of comfort and security!
Hope this list gives an overall idea about the ways to create a home away from home!