I’ve been trying to think of ways to make my bedroom more homey and to my taste. It’s been challenging because money is very tight and-an even bigger obstacle-the room is furnished with the landlord’s stuff in it and most of it can’t be moved.

One thing I knew I wanted to do was make the vanity nicer. I had jewelry and makeup etc. on there and it was organized but busy. So yesterday I found a wood tray in the kitchen section of Target and thought it would look good in the bedroom. Now all my stuff is on the tray and the rest of the vanity is clear and clean and every time I look at it I feel so much better. It’s a small miracle. What is it about a clear surface that’s so calming?

What small things make a big difference to you all?

And if anybody has any tips for home decor or fix ups that are inexpensive and easy, please let me know (I already make the bed each morning).