• decoration

    Tiny Places With Many Plants

    Today on Home in a Shoebox, we are going to be talking about how to care for different plants and what plants you should pick to purchase for your tiny space. Having plants in your home seems to be more of a trend nowadays than anything else. However, today I want to show you why having plants in your home can not only be a way to add decoration, but it can also make your small space feel more alive and feel more like a home. First, why would you want plants in your small space? Plants reduce stress by helping you work better. It sounds crazy, but a number…

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    Old Things Made New

    If you enjoyed my DIY post that transformed an old photo frame into a decoration for your tiny space, then you are going to find inspiration from todays post we all! I am collaborating with my dear friend Alexandria from the blog Old Things Made New. If you haven’t heard of Alex’s blog, it’s a great resource for budget-friendly individuals who want to decorate their home with elements of their own personal style. Alex has posted about topics ranging from how to paint a pair of jeans to tips on how to cross stitch your favorite sweater, but today I wanted to highlight a couple of her posts that anyone with hopes to decorate their tiny…

  • budget

    How to: Meal Planning for Dummies

    Do you spend too much money eating out? Do you want to save time throughout the week while still enjoying a home cooked meal? Do you want to eat healthy in college while staying within your budget? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this post is for you. Today on Home in a Shoebox, I am going to share my meal planning advice for novice, budget-friendly meal planners. First, let’s discuss the benefits of meal planning: (1) You will save money. Meal planning what you eat throughout the week and having those meals ready will help you resist the urge to eat out. Further, meal planning will help…

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    Blogs to Inspire You

    Today on Home in a Shoebox, I am sharing with you ten of my favorite homemaking and lifestyle blogs! I hope that the lovely ladies behind these blogs can help inspire you with a new recipe, to decorate on a budget, or to do an interesting DIY that can help you start making your tiny space into a home you enjoy. 1. My Domaine My Domaine is known for its cheap, everyday inspiration for individuals from all walks of life. Whether you want to be inspired by a beautiful home tour, need homemaking advice, or want some tips on how to decorate a living space, this blog is for you.…

  • inspiration,  lifestyle

    A Healthy Apple Crisp

    Today on Home in a Shoebox, I am going to be showing you how to make this amazing apple crisp! Fall is almost over (sadly), but what better way to end the season than with a homemade apple dessert? This recipe is vegan and refined-sugar free, and can easily be made glutenfree and paleo as well. Further, this crisp only takes roughly 20 minutes of prep time and can be eaten for breakfast and dessert – making this recipe perfect for meal planners and last-minute party throwers alike. Ingredients: For the filling:  5 large apples, diced 1/4 cup maple syrup 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp flour (if GF, use…

  • budget,  decoration

    DIY Photo Decor

    Having personalized and handmade items can make any small space feel like home. That is why today on Home in a Shoebox, I am going to be showing you how to make these DIY photo decorations using old frames from your local thrift store. The best part? Altogether, this DIY only cost me $5.00! So, let’s begin. What you will need:  An old picture frame Super glue (or a hot glue gun) Yarn or string Paint A paintbrush Small Clothespins (found at any craft store) 1. Pick your photo frame! You want one that can stand up on its own or that can be nailed to the wall without the back piece.…

  • inspiration,  lifestyle

    Hosting an Excellent Dinner Party

    Entertaining friends for a birthday or holiday party can be stressful. But today on Home in a Shoebox, I am going to be helping you host a successful dinner party in your small space. Here are some of my favorite dinner party tips: Purchasing budget-friendly food and decorations: You can host a great dinner party without breaking the bank. Some budget places to shop for the food and decorations include Costco, Trader Joe’s, HomeGoods, and Target. If you happen to live next to a Flying Tiger, they have the best affordable decorations that are both seasonal and classic. Trader Joe’s also has great appetizer options that you can serve that require no preparation,…

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    Bookshelf Decorating Ideas

    In my “How to: Decorating on a Budget” post, I mentioned this affordable bookshelf from IKEA that is both slim and customizable. But how do you decorate a bookshelf? Today on Home in a Shoebox, we’re going to be talking about how to decorate a bookshelf to make the most of your tiny space. Of course, the typical way to decorate a bookshelf would be by displaying all of your books. But if you don’t have enough books to fill your bookshelf, or if want to display your favorite nicknacks and pieces of decor along with some of your book collection, then your first step should be to gather the selection of…

  • lifestyle

    Opinion: The Benefits of Essential Oils

    Welcome back to Home in a Shoebox! Today we are going to be talking about the benefits of essential oils and how you can use them to transform your tiny space. Essential oils are great because they have many different uses. Lavender oil can be placed on burns to help speed recovery time, tea tree oil can cure heat damaged hair, peppermint oil that is rubbed on the forehead is great for headaches, and so on. I currently use Woolzies essential oils that are good quality, well sourced, and can be found at your local Home Goods or TJ Maxx for a discounted price. In regard to how essential oils can be…

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    What to Look Forward to on “Home in a Shoebox”

    In case the title doesn’t give it away, this is going to be a blog dedicated to homemaking. I ultimately want to help my readers make their tiny spaces feel like “home” – a place that is both comforting after a long day and that is welcoming for potential guests. Since moving to New York City almost three years ago, I have had to make the most out of the limited square footage that the typical shoebox apartments here have to offer. I want to share the different homemaking tips and ideas that I have learned to help inspire you to make the most of every square inch of your current abode.…