It’s been over three months since graduation, which means I’ve also been living with my parents for over three months. I thought I would never move back home, but to be honest, it’s been a nice change. I enjoy (and appreciate) not having to pay rent, eating dinner with my family every night, and only living two hours away from Zach by car. At the same time, it’s been hard not living in my own space. I’ve been on my own in a dorm or an apartment for the past four years, so it’s been an adjustment moving back into my old bedroom.
Luckily, I’ve done a few things to help make the next year an enjoyable one! First, I replaced my childhood furniture with my college furniture. This has been the biggest help! It’s comforting to be surrounded by my own belongings. Second, I changed the layout of my room. This helped me get excited about moving back into my bedroom. It almost made me feel as if I was moving into a new space too! Finally, I purchased some new decor, including fake flowers, a makeup organizer and a succulent. All of these changes were small, but have made such a great impact on my time back at home.
Apart from switching out my furniture, my favorite change was adding a succulent to my bedroom. It adds a nice touch of green to my space. Plus, it gives me a slight sense of responsibility. I originally wanted a puppy (okay, I still do!), but my parents weren’t exactly on board, so I’m saving that dream until Zach and I move in together. Until then, my succulent, which I named Lola, has been a great addition to my bedroom.
If you’d like to add some green to your space or take on being a plant mom (or dad!), keep reading to learn how to plant your first succulent, as well as paint its pot.
How To: Paint Your Succulent Pot
Materials Needed to Paint Pot:
Painters or Craft Tape
White Acrylic Paint
Foam Paint Brush
Wrap the painters or craft tape in a straight line around the pot.
Dip the foam paint brush into a small amount of the white acrylic paint and then, create long, even strokes below the taped line on the pot.
Allow the paint to dry for 10 minutes before removing the painters or craft tape.
How To: Plant Your First Succulent
Materials Needed to Plant Succulent:
Terra Cotta Clay Pot (4 in.) with drainage hole
Self-Adhesive Drywall Joint Mesh Tape
Miracle-Geo Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix
Succulent – Mine is a …
Small rocks – I picked out marble nuggets because I love how much greener the succulent looks against the white rocks.
Cut off two small pieces of mesh tape and place them over the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot. This will prevent soil from leaking out when watering your succulent and will still allow excess water to drain through properly.
Fill the pot a third of the way full with the potting mix.
Remove the succulent from its original pot and lightly dust off the surrounding dirt until its roots are visible. Place the succulent into the new pot, adjusting it until you’re happy with its position.
Surround the succulent by filling the pot with more potting mix, leaving about an inch of space between the mix and the top of the pot.
Fill the remaining inch of the pot with the marble nuggets.
Place the succulent near a window and allow it to adjust to its new pot for a few days before watering. After that, water once a week or whenever the mix is dry.