as a renter is to treat your rental as your home instead of a 12 month contract. As a longtime renter, I've picked up some great tips - some practical, some emotional - when it comes to home sweet home. After the jump, check out them out and share your own as well.
Change out the lights. Set the design tone in your rental by replacing the standard lights with new ones that fit your taste. Plus use lower wattage bulbs to create an intimate vibe in your home. Live by the idea of "home sweet home". Even though it's a rental, you are living there so take on the perspective that this is your home and place for you to enjoy, relax and unwind. Save your boxes. Save yourself $40 or so and take apart your moving boxes when you are done unpacking and place them in a closet or under your bed.
Buy a toolbox. A small toolbox with a hammer, nails, screwdriver, etc is a great resource to have around when moving in and getting settled. Get rid of the "box" that you may keep lugging around with you. If you aren't going to unpack it, then you probably don't need it. Really consider what you are keeping in your home. If it's meaningful then find a place for it. If it's just stuff, consider letting it go. Paint. For under $50, you can really design your space with great color ideas. Take the extra step and confirm with your landlord that you can paint and simply repaint when you are ready to move. If you are not allowed to paint, there are some great temporary wallpaper sources these days.
Use your walls. It's easy to fill nail holes when you leave so hang up your favorite pictures and artwork. Surround yourself with things you love. Invest in pieces that you know you will keep. Along the ideas of home sweet home, invest in pieces that you love and you know you will use. Forget the idea of waiting until you own a place. Long after you leave your rental, you'll have these with you. Unpack all of your stuff. It takes some people a while and some people no time at all but unpack all of your things when you move and really settle into your home. What are some of your renter tips for making your (rental) house a home? Check out more renter ideas from Apartment Therapy: