Moving back home

   As my days at UCLA started to come to an end, a feeling of anxiety and dread overcame me. Sure the uncertainty of life post-grad sounded scary but there was something else that I wasn’t looking forward to…coming back home to my mess of a bedroom. 

A hodgepodge of patterns and dated pieces, my bedroom was doubled as a storage closet.

   Let’s face it, your bedroom is somewhat an accurate representation of your character and habits. I’m going to own up to it and admit that I get lazy sometimes and you’ll often find that designated chair with a huge pile of clothes (both dirty and clean) on it. My room has gone through so many different transitional periods that aligned with how I was developing. From Hello Kitty galore to a K-POP shit storm, my room has seen it all. There are hundreds of tiny holes on the wall commemorating the Jonas Brothers posters I ripped out of teeny bopper magazines.

   By the time I moved away for college, I started getting into more decorative pieces rather than cringy tributes to idols (don’t ask about the Harry Styles cut out).  Decorating my first college dorm room and onwards was like painting on fresh canvas. I didn’t have to spend time clearing anything out and I could just start new. However, moving back home to San Jose entailed confronting my tacky childhood bedroom. I already expected the worst since my parents used my room as a storage space. Dozens of baskets filled with old clothes and sheets surrounded every corner. Useless knick knacks and non-functioning electronics took up every inch of the room. Alas, I spent 3 whole days throwing away and repurposing items. I threw away space consuming pieces I did not need anymore and rearranged my furniture to fill up the room efficiently. I took down my tapestry and changed the orientation of my queen-sized bed to make my room feel more spacious. I also changed my comforter and bed sheets to a less obnoxious color (but in my defense, my mom bought those when I was gone). 

   Rearranging the furniture in the room made all of the difference! I finally enjoyed being in my personal space and it was a nice change of pace. Now it came down to the little details to make all the difference. For example, a little change like switching out knobs of an old drawer is a cheap and efficient way to repurpose furniture!

(Left side) New decorative and chic drawer knobs I bought from Home Goods to replace the (right side) old childish star-shaped knobs from IKEA. 
Stylish and modern plant canvas prints from Amazon! 
Trendy letter board from Amazon. But there are tons of cheaper alternatives from stores such as Home Goods and Marshall’s in the stationary or wall decoration aisle!

   I used to have a hideous orange desk in my bedroom that my dad literally picked up from the side of the street. Upon moving back, the first thing I did was move said desk out of my room and onto the curb. I originally wasn’t going to purchase another desk but I wanted a place to do work if needed and to do my make up. The challenge was finding a desk that would be compact yet stylish to match the aesthetics of my room. Luckily, Amazon had a great selection of modern and simple desks that aligned with my needs. 

The final product for my work area! I took down the dated mandala tapestry and replaced it with a more chic geometric tapestry (reused from my college apartment decoration). 


   Finally, my room transformation was complete. I could comfortably relax in my designated space and have friends over without being embarrassed. It was age-appropriate, modern, and cute!! It was something I could proudly call my own creation. 

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