I would say I have a fair bit of experience in terms of moving away from home – I lived overseas in the big smoke (ie: London Town) last year (for those who have been following me for a while would be able to follow that journey) and I recently moved interstate to Melbourne. Although homesickness is a thing, I enjoy making my ‘home’ space feel more homely so I thought I would share my tips of how I create my little space.
- Create a photo wall
I am quite a sentimental person, so I put photos up on my wall (just blu-tacked) of friends, family and food (the three most important ‘f’s) – it reminds me of the people at home + abroad. Personally, it’s one of my favourite things in my room and it has the potential to be added to with the new memories that I create.
2. Get into a routine
I find routines particuarly important in terms of mental health + even making your space feel more at ‘home’. If you develop a routine (even the ‘wake up and go for a run’ kind) it will not only make you feel a bit less homesick, but also make it easier re study (also make sure you go to the gym or go for a run – it makes for an easier sleep).
3. Bring some of your favourite books from home
I actually bought a ton of my favourite reads with me both overseas and interstate – I find it easier to read something that is familiar to me when I am feeling a little down. Some of my favourites include Alexa Chung’s “it”, Matt Haigs “Reasons to Stay Alive” and Michelle Phan’s “Make Up: A Guide to Beauty, Lifestyle and Success” – I would totally reccomend those if you haven’t read them.
4. Buy a plant
Unfortunately, I can’t have pets at university (I would love a bearded dragon called Pickles…) but succulents are pretty damn hard to kill, so I picked up a GIANT succulent from IKEA with a pretty pot. It gives me something to take care of without it being overbearing and it looks extremely pretty in my otherwise plain room. win – win. As you can see from the photo, I had to trim one of the leaves off… my poor plant.
5. Have friends over for games night
One of my favourite things is having game night back home, so I want to start a ‘game night’ trend here at univeristy (I did bring my monopoly board from Sydney!! I love it!) – this doesn’t even have to involve drinking either, I find board games super fun (and it takes me back to my childhood) – cludeo is another one of my personal favourites.
Let me know how you make your ‘non house’ a home in the comments!