Hope everyone's having a good week. I recently turned 22, and I have to say it feels really nice to be putting the craziness of being 21 behind me. The last year was pretty wild for me and a lot of things happened:
The point I'm trying to make is that being 21 was rather interesting, but I am very glad it's over. That said, upon doing some reflecting, I realized that one of the most important things I did as a 21 year old was reorganizing and redesigning my student house to be a more productive and fun place to spend time in. By doing so, I was able to stay inspired and motivated about my work, all while having my own personal space that I felt proud to live in. I understand that if you're a student and reading this, then you might be worried about the finances required to optimize your living space. Don't worry, I'm a student too and I fully understand the financial struggle. That's why I'm going to be very transparent about how much I paid for everything in my house.
In this blog, I'm going to do the following:
Let's get started!
How My House Used To Look Like
We essentially had nothing going for our place. We had no desks to study on. We had no dining tables to eat on. Heck, we barely had cutlery and glasses. All we really had was ugly looking furniture that made me sad every time I decided to take a seat.
For good reasons, I don't have a lot of pictures of how my student house looked like before I took the initiative of revamping it. All I have is this 9 second video clip of my roommates and I at the beginning of our redesigning process.
The Breaking Point
I'm going to be honest. For a while, having nothing but the company of my friends at the house was kinda cute. Yes, we didn't have tables to eat on or much of a sitting arrangement, but at least we had each other (that was kinda cliche). That said, cute wears off pretty easily. I kept going to libraries or cafes to study, and I often found myself spending excessive amounts of time at other people's houses just so I wouldn't need to go home. Eventually, I came to the realization that I didn't have a place that I enjoyed being by myself. Yes, I could've camped out in my room, but there was nothing really in my room other than a bed and a desk.
The problem was that none of my other roommates were really interested in redesigning the house. They just didn't really seem to care, which was a problem because the idea of revamping the house by myself was super intimidating. At this point, I decided to call my friend, Rick, and tell him about all the problems I was having about not being proud of my living space. We ended up hanging out in his garage (the birthplace of almost all our crazy ideas) for the next couple of days to figure out what I could do. Eventually, he told me that if I wanted to proud of the place I lived in then I would need to take fully responsibility and push through any discomfort I was having. After all, great things never really do come easily.
I set out by making a list of a things that I thought would be practical to have in my home. Below were some of things on the list:
Not going to lie once the list was made the rest was history. It was just about being patient and constantly searching the web for good deals.
How My House Looks Like Now
I think a good place to start would be my room!
Now, I know this room looks super intimidating and very expensive, but rest assured it really isn't that bad because I either bought everything used or I found it on the side of the road. Let me breakdown the prices and how everything came to be in this room:
Moving onto the living room!
Now, to the exercise room!
I'm a pretty soft and chill guy, but for some reason, in the last year, my friends and I got really obsessed with MMA. That said, I'm really glad I picked it up because it was just something so out of my comfort zone. I never thought I would ever end up doing anything like it, but here we are.
Lastly, let's take a look at the dinning room and kitchen!
Revamping your living space is hard and it can even seem daunting if you have no support. However. if you really want to be proud of your home, then you need to take full ownership. That's not on easy things to do. That said, it's really important that you have a place that you enjoy being alone as well as a place that inspires you to work hard and have fun. Once you have that, you can literally do anything.
I hope this blog inspired you to consider revamping your own place. I also really hope this blog showed you that you don't need to spend a lot of money to make your home look the way you want it. Thanks reading and I'll talk to you next week.
P.S: Shout out to my friends Nick Ho and Rick Sugden for really supporting me in making my dream student home a reality. We really did start with an ugly dump.
Im Farshad. I'm a curious PhD candidate in biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto. At the moment, I spend most of my time engineering DNA nanotechnologies 🧬, and researching how I can improve personalized medicine approaches. I also spend a lot of time thinking about what I’m supposed to be doing with my life, and how I can be the best version of myself. This website hosts a collection of my over caffeinated thoughts regarding my life and the world, as well as my notes on the various books I’ve read.