No-one ever said it was easy to move away from home. But a trip to B&M Homestores before you leave definitely eases the growing pains of living 'alone.'
This September, I moved to Manchester for University. Now, quite honestly, I don't feel like I've undergone an unbelievable life change. I'm an hour and ten minute train away from being in my 'hometown' and I go back most weekends to work and see my family. All the same, when I knew I'd be paying for a new room in the city, you best believe I was going to make it comfortable.
So here's my little room. Yes, it's tiny. But I couldn't be happier with it.
I thought I'd do a little photo room tour. Honestly, if I'd seen a room in halls all prettied up before I came here, I might have been less apprehensive about moving away.
Metal desktop organiser- Forever 21
Wooden 'picnic basket' box- B&M
Vanilla reed diffuser- B&M
Bracalet stand- DIY
Pug bedding- Primark
Bed throw- B&M
Decor on a student budget
- If you love flowers for decoration, have some faux ones on standby. You can buy beautiful faux flowers on eBay and make your own bouquet. I've also struck up a friendship with a local florist, who gave me my first bunch for free and my next ones for £1. For an every-so-often treat, flowers brighten up my mood and make the room look classy when it's not.
- Don't overspend on storage, especially if you're a beauty junkie. With our collections always expanding, cheap, cheerful and cutesy storage from Quality Save, B&M and eBay are a great choice. Clear Cube who? Oh, and my bracelet stand? It's a kitchen roll with a sock over it. Yeah.
- If you can't have candles (most student halls won't allow them) reed diffusers offer a great fragrance alternative, and you can get them everywhere, in all scents.
I love my cosy little room and all the touches I made to make it a lot more comfortable help me from going insane. I've somehow ended up in an 90%-boys halls and the sound of would-be frat parties sends a chill through my spine....