1. Hold onto your friends.
Don’t take your friends for granted. They are amazing and they love you. And they only have your best interest in mind, even if it means stopping you from taking that ninth shot or pulling you away from the hot guy you were making out with at the party. Don’t take advantage of them, they really do care about you.
2. Sometimes people change.
You’ll meet people who you’ll get along with, and you’ll become friends. It’s life, that’s what happens. You bond with people who enjoy the same things as you. But sometimes people will find new hobbies and new interests. New friends. And the new friends might expose them to situations they’re not used to. They always say that in college, people are experimenting with who they really are and who they want to be. If your friend decides to be a raging alcoholic, just know that it happens. And be there for them when they come out of it or fall from grace.
3. Be the shoulder to cry on.
If people come to you for advice or to talk to, be honored. This is a time in people’s lives where they’re careful and cautious about who they trust. If you’re that someone, embrace it. Some people who outwardly seem perfectly fine actually are the ones who need to talk and it’s a great feeling when you can be that person they’re finally able to be honest and comfortable with.
4. It’s okay to cry yourself.
Crying is natural. Do not feel dumb if you just need to cry. Let it out. Life is stressful, especially when you’re dealing with everything else that 20-somethings are forced to deal with. Sit down and cry. Cry to people who can comfort you and make you laugh. Don’t take life so seriously, everything’s going to be okay.
5. Occasional bad grades aren’t the end of the world.
Yes, your future might consist of grad school or you’re applying for a super competitive internship at the biggest business in the state, but getting a few bad grades on exams isn’t the end of the world. They aren’t going to care that you got a C- on your core curriculum class your sophomore year of college. Talk to your professors, study a little harder; you’re going to be fine.
Lower your living room to create a conversation pit.
The bi-level living room will give your home an incredibly spacious yet cozy effect.
Turn an attic nook into a pillow room.
What is life but one long, perpetual movie-night slumber party?
Display your book collection under the stairs.
Or use the space underneath for storage.
Or use that space for a book nook.
So much cozy.
Dogs are people, too, which is why your dog should probably get his or her own little haven underneath the stairs.
Make space for two dishwashers instead of one.
You can load one while the other washes.
If you’re doing a HUGE remodel, ask your contractor about tacking on a treehouse or guesthouse.
This add-on might cost less than you think.
Turn your shabby garden shed into a charming artist’s shed.
With big windows for lots of light and visual inspiration.
Install an in-wall pest control system.
Pest-tube installation means that all the exterminator has to do is inject some stuff into one end to keep insects and rodents away.
Maximize your space with baseboard drawers.
Especially in the kitchen and bathroom.
Consider a hidden room.
Sometimes it’s as simple as adding a bookcase to a door.