Carrie Bradshaw may have been onto something—the eternal single girl had ample closet space, complete autonomy, and free rein to redecorate as she pleased. While living alone may seem like a daunting leap, we guarantee it doesn't have to be—it's even quite enjoyable. Take it as a rite of passage: You've decided to move out of the apartment you share with three other girls in favor of space, peace, and quiet. No more unplanned late-night cocktail parties, no more dirty dishes in the sink, and certainly no more clothes mysteriously disappearing (and subsequently reappearing on your roommate's back).
Yes, living alone might come with its own set of challenges: limited space, no one to split chores with… But it also has major advantages. You don't have to compromise on décor choices with anyone, you can take all the closet space, and no one will tell you that you can't store your sweaters in your oven. If you've decided to ditch your roommates for a quaint studio for one, here's how you can make the most of your décor—and absolutely love it.
Set the Table
Eating dinner in front of the TV—or worse, in your bed—is so tempting when living alone, and to a certain extent, it's a guilty pleasure to be enjoyed with moderation. But that shouldn't become your default eating area. Make your dining table inviting by adding comfortable seating and fresh flowers. Even if you only have a small bistro table, having a place to sit down for breakfast or dinner will make your meals for one much more pleasant.
Make It Your Own
Living alone when single is your one chance to experiment with your décor—no compromise required. Test fun painting tricks, hang your favorite tapestry, or monogram your linens. Try whatever bold ideas you have about your décor now, because there's a chance someone will be there to veto them later in your life.
Embrace Small Spaces
Sure, your space may be smaller now than it would be if you were living with multiple people, but that is no reason to despair—sometimes the best things come in small packages. Instead, get crafty with your small space. Hang wall storage or make a statement with your lighting. If you master the art of micro living, you'll never want to upgrade.
Stretch Your Closets
Living alone? Think of all the closet space opportunities. Want to store things in the oven à la Bradshaw or, if you're less cramped, turn your second bedroom into a walk-in closet? Go for it! Take all the storage space you need, and relish in the fact that you don't need to share your wardrobe space with anyone. Treat yourself to a new outfit while you're at it.
Make It Cozy
We single gals love to go out to dinner many nights a week, but there's something to be said about a quiet night in. To make the most of it, keep your lounge space as cozy as possible. Bring in throws and pillows, light a fire if you have a mantel, or use candles if you don't. Nesting doesn't have to be a two-person activity.
Diversify Your Desk
If you're short on space, make your workspace multipurpose. Turn it into a vanity to get ready in the morning and a desk for when you need to work from home. With clever storage and a few accessories like a vanity mirror, you can make this transition seamless.
Be Ready to Entertain
It's not because you live alone that you have to spend your time at home alone. Set up a bar station in your living area and invite friends over for cocktails and dinner. A well-stocked bar will always make it a breeze to entertain at the last minute, so you can lead your busy lifestyle and always be ready.