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As the world progresses and we're constantly updating ourselves with technology, having plants around the house helps brings us back a step closer to Mother Nature. Though part of the progression also means spending more time on our iPads or Galaxy Notes and never actually having enough time for a proper meal, yet alone taking care of plants.

Fret not! Listed below are 5 easy-care plants for the irresponsible - myself included.

Snake plant: It's name itself can seem appalling and you'd want nothing to do with it. Perfect! Not only does this plant have health benefits, but it can survive for weeks at a time. To top that off, it actually looks pretty and improves the indoor air quality. You practically don't have to take care of it and it does the exact opposite for you.

 

Echeveria: This right here is a beauty particularly because it grows in the shape of a blooming flower. They come in all sorts of colours that'll easily match with any theme you are going for. All you gotta do for your home to be blessed with one of these guys, is to give them plenty of constant light and keep the soil moist for them to stay healthy.

 

Aloe: You're probably well aware of the countless medicinal properties the aloe possesses, but these plants make just as wonderful home décor. Like the Echeveria, It’s a succulent, so dry conditions will not be a problem. Tons of indirect sunlight will be a plus for your aloe plant to flourish.

 

Bromeliad: Who knew the Cousin of the pineapple was such a prima donna. Don't let its looks fool you as this superstar is actually pretty easy to handle. Being drought tolerant, you'll be good even if you only remember to water it once a week.

 

Sweetheart Hoya: It's pretty blooms and pleasant fragrance are not guaranteed if not coaxed with the right amount of sunlight but it's succulent heart-shaped leaves are to die for. If you're an animal lover, the ASPCA has certified it safe for cats and dogs

 

The hardest part of living away from home for university is adjusting to your new sleeping quarters.

From my personal experience, this being my second year living away from home, I've found that making my new home feel like 'home' is quintessential to my comfort and reducing homesickness. I mean, I’m not one to get very homesick easily because I enjoy living away from home but along the way I’ve discovered many clever hacks to jazz up your room in a cost-effective and non-environmentally damaging way so that it doesn’t get too lonely or empty. Here are some snazzy DIY ideas to save money and the earth!

1. Glass jars

A common waste item to the university student is glass jars from a homemade pasta dinner. Pesto? Tomato Mascarpone? Honey? Don’t let these treasures go to waste! Here are some ways you can make them decorative.

 

2. Card board boxes

You’d be lying if you said that you never ordered things online to please your lazy student bum. Instead of letting these boxes go to waste, why not use them as another decorative/ functional piece.

P.S. This is especially good for sticking up important notes, dates as well as photos of your friends and family from home

3. Snack wrappers

To keep track of all that sinful goodness, why not collect them and stick them up on your wall as wallpaper? It makes quite a unique and quirky one-of-a-kind art piece.

4. Cereal boxes

Cereal boxes make great folders to store your files and textbooks from university, that way you won’t have to waste money on buying actual plastic ones. All you need is a paper cutter or a knife.

5. Shoe boxes

Shoe boxes make a great hiding place for a lot of valuable things. The MOST UNSUSPECTING PLACE to hide your passport, important documents as well as money. If you have nothing to hide, they make great organization tools for you to keep your things neat and tidy.

 

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