Your First Apartment: Making it Your Own

Apartment Here's something that I never considered when I signed the lease on my first one-bedroom apartment in the most quaint corner of Atlanta: how much time I wouldn't be spending at home. Between working long hours and running to post-work events throughout the week, a Working Girl's apartment can quickly become 800 square feet that you eat, sleep and shower in. However, it doesn't have to be this way!

Despite my busy schedule, I've found the time to focus on my home and make it my own, even during the 9-to-5 grind. Here are a few tips that will help you turn your apartment into a place you can call home in no time:

Surround yourself with inspiration - What inspires you? Be sure to hang up artwork and quotes that really speak to you, as sometimes it's exactly what you need to see upon coming home from a long day at the office. My go-to wall art includes quotes from Lara Casey and beautiful imagery of New York City!

Have a dedicated workspace - You never know when you may need to work from home, so having a space in your apartment that is set up for a home office is a mandatory for working women. Be sure to have your home office in a well-lit area, have pens, pencils and office supplies handy, and be near an outlet for easy access for recharging.

Keep a healthy fridge - I know, I know - this sounds like such a mom thing to say, but it's true! Keeping your fridge stocked with healthy and easy-to-make dishes will not only save your waistline, but also your wallet. I'm notorious for forgetting about salad until it wilts, so I opt for frozen green like kale to keep on standby.

Be creative when it comes to decorating - I'm the queen of decorating on a budget, and I've found crafty ways to turn just about anything into "furniture." For example, those $4 sea foam green boxes that I just couldn't pass up at Ikea? I stacked two on top of each other to make an eclectic side table in my living room. I also peruse local thrift stores for hidden gems like ornate chairs, interesting vases and vintage mirrors.

What are your go-to tips for owning your first place? Share yours in a comment below, or tweet us at @HeyWorkingGirl