Apartment Life

Don’t Be Caught Unprepared – Cold/Flu Edition!

Don’t Be Caught Unprepared – Cold/Flu Edition!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This past Saturday, I went hiking because it was between 50/60F outside and I could not pass up the opportunity after dealing with below freezing weather for weeks. I thought a sweatshirt and a jacket would be enough, but here I am, just a few days later, with a cold. After going in to work for…
New Cook’s Kitchen Essentials

New Cook’s Kitchen Essentials

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I have never been much of a cook…or at least much of a GOOD cook. Growing up, my parents cooked most meals, which was very lucky for me. However, that also means that I didn’t receive a crash course in cooking until I moved out of their house! While the first few weeks (let’s be…
How to Work Productively From Your Apartment

How to Work Productively From Your Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
More and more jobs, especially for millennials, allow some degree of working from home. While this is a great way for you to gain a little flexibility in your schedule, it can be tricky to stay focused when you’re working from your first apartment (especially if space is tight!). It may not be possible for…
How to Cook for One without Wasting Your Time or Money!

How to Cook for One without Wasting Your Time or Money!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Scored a solo apartment? Next challenge: How to cook for one. I grew up in a family that loves to cook. My mom goes to the grocery store every day, both for emotional well-being (there’s something so soothing about grocery stores) and for her food obsession. As I got older, I learned to cook mostly…
How to Have a Low-Key and Affordable New Year’s Eve at Your Apartment

How to Have a Low-Key and Affordable New Year’s Eve at Your Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The holidays are a wonderful time of the year, where you can spend time away from work and more time with friends and family, or just relax on the couch watching TV and cuddling a seasonal popcorn tin. After White Elephant gift exchanges, holiday parties, and shopping for gifts, you may feel a tad low…
Thoughts on Holiday Tipping

Thoughts on Holiday Tipping

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When I was a kid, I remember my Dad sprinting towards a garbage truck, thrusting a red foil-wrapped cylinder into the hands of the smiling but bemused garbage man. I asked my Mom what he was doing, and she told me my dad had remembered that the trash collectors on my block liked wine, and…
Planning for Pet Care While You Travel

Planning for Pet Care While You Travel

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The holidays are all around us! For many, especially us of the younger generation in new apartments, that means travel back “home” is likely imminent! While the travel itself isn’t bad, and visiting old friends and your family in your hometown is probably the highlight of your year, there’s one potential problem: pets! If you’re…
A Guys’ Guide To Gifting: Fathers & Brothers Edition

A Guys’ Guide To Gifting: Fathers & Brothers Edition

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As guys, we can have a hard time showing our emotions. Society encourages us to play the stoic, repressing everything, acting strong and tough no matter what we’re actually feeling. Any outpouring of emotion can be perceived as weakness. Taken in tandem with the reality that so much of our worth is placed on how…
5 Questions To Ask Before You Offer To Host Guests

5 Questions To Ask Before You Offer To Host Guests

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If this is your first big holiday season in your first apartment, you’re in for a treat! If family and friends live nearby, they’ll likely want to come check it out, whether for a quick tour, for dinner, or game night! If family and friends plan on traveling in for the holiday, you may be in a…