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Whether you're moving out on your own for the first time, or just moving into a new apartment it's very common to feel sort of out of place in your new apartment. Your UCF apartment doesn't have to feel this way though and there are quite a few things you can do to make your new apartment feel more like home. Keep in mind that you're not alone in this feeling either, if you have roommates they probably feel the same way. If you don't have roommates I'm sure a good amount of your neighbors feel the same way you do in their UCF apartment. So don't feel alone in the fact, and keep in mind that it's definitely not a hopeless situation. Even if you're short on money and time there are still quite a few things you can do to make your UCF apartment feel more like home.
One of the most common mistakes people make when moving into a new UCF apartment is not unpacking all of the way. You're never going to feel at home in your new UCF apartment if you still have things packed away in boxes. Even if it's one or two boxes, unpacking them can make a huge difference in making your UCF apartment feel like more home. If those boxes have been lying around for a while now then chances are you might not even need the contents of them. If it's junk, and you're procrastinating because you have nowhere to put it, then get rid of it. Donate it, trash it, or give it to a friend. Just don't keep it in boxes lying around your UCF apartment.
Another great way to make your UCF apartment feel more like home is paint! Of course you need to make sure with your landlord first that it's okay to paint. But if they give you the go ahead then paint away. Surround yourself with your favorite colors. Maybe even paint some of your favorite quotes on the wall. If you can't paint then consider covering your walls with removable wall paper. Or removable vinyl wall art. The amount of removable wall art that's available right now is out of this world. It's so easy to go online and find numerous designs that you love. Just make sure you surround yourself with things you love and your UCF apartment will feel like home in no time.
Lighting also has a big impact on your apartment. Many UCF apartments come standard with harsh fluorescent lighting that really doesn't flatter anyone. Think of replacing some of the lighting with lower wattage bulbs, or buying accent lamps and lights with more flattering tones. You'll be surprised how different your UCF apartment can feel with a few lighting changes.
Other ways to make your UCF apartment feel like home include hanging up pictures of family and friends, hanging up pieces of your favorite artwork, covering shelves in your favorite books, and decorating with some do-it-yourself projects. If you follow these few steps your UCF apartment will feel just like home.